Wolverhampton's Listed Buildings

Giffard Arms

64 and 65 Victoria Street

Listing: 1922. By J. A. Swann. Early Tudor style. A good example of this style of building, with well carved details.

Literature:  Basil Oliver, The Renaissance of the English Public House, Faber and Faber, 1947, pp. 115 &146

Comment: Somebody bothered about this building. They got an architect and craftsmen who knew what they were doing. The facade is a remarkably accurate rendering of Tudor stone buildings - it is almost repro rather than retro. One might wonder what this style is doing in this town but it does seem to fit in and to add interest.

Oliver says:  "This 'period house' is extraordinarily well done by the architect Mr. James A. Swan of Birmingham.  The Giffard family has, for generations, had local associations.  The four carved heraldic shields in the central panels between the handsome twenty-light windows of the bar and assembly room above it, bear the arms of Staffordshire and Wolverhampton, with a Tudor rose and portcullis is similar stone panels between the first and second floor windows.  This building is cleverly planned for a difficult site".

The site once contained a town house of the Giffard family.

Swann was also responsible for the restoration of the Greyhound and Punchbowl Inn, Bilston (q.v.).  He seems to have specialised in Tudor, whether stone built or timber framed.