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IoE Number: 217321
Location: FRONT RANGE OF THE BIRMINGHAM MINT FACING ICKNIELD STREET, AND BUILDINGS AROUND THE COURTYARD, ICKNIELD STREET B18
  BIRMINGHAM, BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
Photographer: Mr D.R. Smith LRPS
Date Photographed: 12 August 2000
Date listed: 08 July 1982
Date of last amendment: 17 June 1983
Grade II

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In the entry for 7/58 ICKNIELD STREET Hockley B18 The Birmingham Mint The item shall be amended to read ICKNIELD STREET Hockley B18 Front range of the Birmingham Mint facing Icknield Street, and buildings around the courtyard ------------------------------------ In the entry for ICKNIELD WflEW Hockley B18 7/58 Front Range of the Birmingham Mint facing Icknield Street, and buildings around the courtyard In part 2 of the entry, line 15 should be amended after the sentence ending "... over the bow". and before that beginning "The Mint owes ...." by the insertion of the following sentence: "The range along the street is the front range of a quadrangular plan, of which the interior faces of the courtyard have an arcaded treatment." ------------------------------------------------- ICKNIELD STREET 1. 5104 Hockley B18 The Birmingham Mint SP 08 NE 7/58 II 2. Transferred to this site in 1860, the Birmingham Mint was the largest independent mint in the world. Built around a rectangular yard the works have a symmetrical formal elevation to the street, in an Italianate red brick style. A long range on 3 storeys of 2:5:1:5:2 bays, the end pairs and broader pedimented centre breaking forward. Hipped slate roofs. Ground floor has round headed windows recessed in arcade with ashlar impost band and keystones, rising from basement plinth and containing panelled sill zones. Entablature with projecting ashlar cornice over ground floor. Upper floors articulated by brick pilasters set on pedestals in the applied parapet, the first floor sill course broken forward over bases; panelled zones below second floor sills defined by sections of ashlar string course between the pilasters. Ashlar bed mould to main entablature with projecting ashlar eaves cornice. The centrepiece has channelled ashlar ground floor with large rounded archway, the keystone angled out as bracket to support 2 storey tripartite ashlar bow window with panelled aprons, divided by consoles on second floor; the main entablature is broken forward over the bow. The Mint owes its origin to a business founded by the Heaton family in 1794; by 1851 the company began minting coinage and was responsible for many important developments in minting technology. The Birmingham Mint has the longest history of any independent mint in the world.

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