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© Mr D.R. Smith LRPS

IoE Number: 219289
Location: POOLEY GATES, SOHO FOUNDRY, FOUNDRY LANE (off)
  SMETHWICK, SANDWELL, WEST MIDLANDS
Photographer: Mr D.R. Smith LRPS
Date Photographed: 26 October 1999
Date listed: 30 March 1987
Date of last amendment: 30 March 1987
Grade II

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SANDWELL MBFOUNDRY LANE (off)SP 08 NWSmethwick9/79Pooley Gates, Soho Foundry30.3.87

SANDWELL MB FOUNDRY LANE (off) SP 08 NW Smethwick 9/79 Pooley Gates, Soho Foundry 30.3.87 II Gates and gateway. Circa 1840, moved to present position C20. Cast iron. Lower part in four sections, the two central ones opening as gates. Each has diagonal lattice infill cast to resemble rope, with a knot at each inter- section. Each has a central lozenge with a cast mermaid with two tails. Above is an elaborate superstructure, with a Liver bird above ropework draped with cloth, flanked by nautical symbols including oars, flags and bugles, ships' wheels and intersecting dolphins. A C20 plaque is inscribed: "These gates were cast by Henry Pooley and Son about 1840 for the Sailors' Home, Liverpool. The Avery and Pooley Foundries were amalgamated in 1931". Soho Foundry is on the site of the foundry established in 1796 by Boulton, Watt and Sons for the manu- facture of steam engine parts.

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