Wolverhampton's Listed Buildings

Automotive House

Upper Villiers Street

Listing: Car factory, now works. 1905-6 with minor late C20 alterations. By Joseph Lavender, FRIBA, for the Sunbeam Motor Car Co., and incorporating the first workshop in which a Sunbeam motor car was produced. Automotive House was the first purpose-built works of the Sunbeam Motor Car Company and one of the earliest car factories in England.

Comment: The building is now the Guru Teg Bahadur Sikh temple. The words "Automotive House", inscribed above the door, are now hidden by the temple's sign. The frontage shown above contains the offices and there are extensive brick-built buildings behind. This is a typical layout for industrial buildings of the time.  

The words "incorporating the first workshop in which a Sunbeam motorcar was produced" might not be quite accurate - it might only incorporate the site of the workshop where some development work on the first Sunbeam car was carried out .  It is likely that the first Sunbeam car was partly or wholly produced at Sunbeamland.