Coffin Works Tour

Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works
23rd May 2—3pm SOLD OUT
23rd May 12.30-1.30pm


With just 2 months left of a 12 month building conservation project, our contractors Fairhurst Ward Abbotts will lead you around Birmingham Conservation Trust’s Grade II* listed factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The Newman Bros. Coffin Works was purpose built in 1894 and made coffin fittings of the highest quality until it closed in 1999.

This tour will focus on the conservation and repair work FWA have been doing to bring this building back into use as a heritage attraction which will also incorporate commercial units, but you’ll get to hear about some of the social history of the factory, as well as the manufacturing processes that went on. The building is due to re-open in September 2014.

Safety is very important. At this time the Coffin Works will be a building site. Hard hats and high vis jackets provided . Please wear sensible shoes (no open toes or stilettos). It is dusty, so best not wear your Sunday best! During the repair phase access is not suitable for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. Steep stairs and uneven surfaces. Maximum tour group size is 20. Tour lasts around an hour.

Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works 13-15 Fleet Street, Hockley, B3 1JP. The building is located between Viet Moon restaurant and Mitchell & Butlers offices at the top of the hill. It is a one-way street down Fleet Street from Summer Row.

There is some on-street parking (max 2 hours in Fleet Street, 4 hours in Lionel Street), but this is limited. There are two NCP car parks close by. Walking from New Street Station (8-12 mins) Leave by the Victoria Square exit (stairs only) at ‘B’ end of the platforms. Turn right and after 10 metres you will see the entrance to Piccadilly Arcade opposite you. Walk through Piccadilly Arcade, then carry straight on up Bennetts Hill, which then becomes Newhall Street. Cross Great Charles Queensway (dual carriageway) and keep going up Newhall Street. The second road on the left is Fleet Street. We are up the top of the road. Walking from Snow Hill Station (7-10 mins) Leave the station and turn right and walk along Colmore Row to the traffic lights 300m. Turn right into Newhall Street. Cross Great Charles Queensway (dual carriageway) and keep going up Newhall Street. The second road on the left is Fleet Street. We are up the top of the road.

Health and Safety and Access Advice: Please be aware this dusty, semi-derelict factory has plenty of uneven surfaces and steep staircases. There are no toilet facilities. Wear sturdy shoes and dress up warm. No lift access. Ground floor access into outdoor courtyard only.