Victorian awning Crocket & Jones

Victorian awnings at Crocket and Jones Birmingham

22 May 2017

This  Signature Victorian Awning® has been installed at the shoemaker, Crockett & Jones, at the re-furbished Grand complex in Birmingham's Colmore Row. The traditional awning box is manufactured in FSA accredited hardwood which has been painted in black to suit the renovated building.  With a fabric cover in green the awning is decorated with a period graphic in a pale gold colour. with the coat of arms faithfully reproduced. All Morco Victorian Awnings are designed to suit buildings of historic value like this one and are often specified by discerning councils for conservation areas.

Renowned Shoemaker Crockett & Jones has moved back to its former store on the ground floor of the restored Grand complex in Birmingham's Colmore Row. Crockett & Jones opened its first shop outside London at The Grand in 2006. Founded in 1879 in Northampton by Sir James Crockett and Charles Jones, Crockett & Jones specialises in the manufacture of high quality footwear and is still managed by members of the Jones family.

The renovation of the building started in 2012 since when Hortons' Estate has invested £14 million including the restoration of the façades, installation of a new roof and remodelling of the shops and offices. The original buildings of Colmore Row were the brick and stucco Georgian houses typical of the late 18th century.

The history of Colmore Row is interesting and after the Second World War, Colmore Row was to have formed part of the extensive Inner Ring Road system planned by City Engineer Herbert Manzoni. This would have necessitated demolishing all of the buildings between Colmore Row and Waterloo Street, but fell victim to increasing land values and awareness of conservation issues in the 1970s.

The plans for the street included widening it to a width of 112 ft with a central reservation of 14 ft in width. Ironically, the likelihood of forthcoming comprehensive redevelopment protected many of the buildings from being demolished to make way for office developments and today Colmore Row and the surrounding area has one of the most consistent 19th century streetscapes in Central Birmingham.

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