In the 2008, English Hertiage acquired one of the last remaining traditional silverware makers from it's current owner, and restored the building and opened to the public in 2011.
Early on, whilst they were restoring the building (some parts were in a fairly dilapidated state), I and other visitors were allowed to make a site visit, wearing hard hats and high viz vests.
The photos below were taken on this visit, which was truely fascinating. I recall that I was the first to turn up, and we were the first tour. If so, that makes me the first visitor to JW Evans under English Hertiage!
We were shown around by the last owner, I wish I could recall his name, but an Evans I believe.
Like many of the Jewellery Quarter buildings in Birmingham, the properties started out as standard Vistorian houses, with gardens at the back, but as the owners worked from home and expanded their buildings, they extended out the back, and bought up adject properties. The site was therefore a much extended rabbit warren of a property which would in no way conform to any modern day building regulations!
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