Wolverhampton's Listed Buildings

Denning House

George Street

Listing:   2  houses, now offices.  Early C19 with late C20 alterations.  left return to Dudley Road: 2 doorcases and shop front removed.

Comment:   This elegant building seems to be of a different date from the rest of George Street but it contributes to a harmonious whole. The reference to the "left return" in the listing is to the frontage of what is now named as part of Snow Hill.  The alterations were carried out as part of the building of the Ring Road.

The building is occupied by a firm of solicitors, who named it after Lord Denning, the Master of the Rolls and a judge for what seemed like most of the second half of the 20th century. He was controversial and opinionated but had a reputation as a liberal radical and a friend of the little man against the Government. No doubt it was thought that his name would give a dynamic and forward thinking air to the solicitors within.