Notes from website http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=217515
Early to mid Cl9 3 story house and works, stucco faded on brick and probably revamped circa 1900 when mansard slate attic was added to single storey wing on Lower Loveday Street.
Three bays to Princip Street, beveled corner and 2 bay return with 4 bay wing. Rusticated ground floor up to first floor sill course. Shallow eaves cornice. Windows in architrave surrounds with dentil cornices on first floor. Circa 1900 glazing bar sashes. Yard entrance and house door with pilaster case and pediment of wood to Princip Street. Round headed corner doorway with stucco pilasters turned in line with each street with long strips continuing up to the cornice which is turned out to follow the pilasters. Segmental arched high set windows to wing and 2 round headed doorways with rustication struck into arches. Flat roofed 190O glazing bar dormers.
With thanks to Birmingham History website I have been able to obtain a brief history of the premises
1855 38 Princip St. Charles Orphin, retail brewer
From 1858- not listed, ( though it might have been included in part of William Aston's button works)
1888 It is shared between a German silver manufacturer and a nickel works.
So, it looks as if it was a pub for only a very short time (max 1849-54)
In the 1880s, the building was used as a German silver and nickel works, before briefly being used as a bronze foundry in the 1950s, Marshall Osborne Co and a warehouse in the 1960s
Published in 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
Advert from 1952 publication of The Autocar of 10th October including air view map showing the premises in 1951 plus delivery van
in the 60s the property transferred to St Chads as a residence for the nuns who also used to feed the homeless, and take care young mothers, until the 70’s after many years of neglect the Grade II building has been finally been brought and plans have been past to transfer the building into residential apartments and a retail outlet.
The title “Awdry travels” came from unlikely after Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry, lived in Birmingham during 1940 to 1946. Creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, was a curate at Kings Norton.
While living there in 1943, he wrote the stories of Thomas and his friends, based on his time living in Kings Norton the sounds of the engines puffing away inspired him to write them for his son when he was ill in bed with the measles.
As most young boys the stores have lived on long after he moved away from Birmingham as a mother of two young boys I brought and read these stories to them and took them to Tyseley Railway Museum to see the Santa special trip to see Thomas Tank Engine and the Fat Controller. It seemed appropriate therefore in the 1960’s the premises were used by St Chads nuns helping young mothers.