Wolverhampton's Locally Listed Buildings

Goldthorn Terrace

135 - 161 Penn Road

Listing:  Goldthorn Terrace comprises a terrace of 14 three storey houses set well back from the Penn Road constructed in c1850‑60. This terrace is unusual within Wolverhampton and original and interesting architectural detail of the front elevation survives well. It is an important element within the Penn Road (Graiseley) Conservation Area and within the setting of the important complex of listed buildings at The Royal Wolverhampton School

Comment:  What is unusual about this terrace in Wolverhampton is that it provided middling size houses over three floors and it is very long.  The norm was either large houses in short terraces or working class terraces on two floors. In 1983 the building was rescued and converted mainly into ground floor flats and two floor maisonettes. It still looks very good - but needs careful inspection to reveal that some of the details are only painted on.

The original houses had very long and thin gardens reaching right down to the Penn Road.  During the refurb these were cut off and converted into an open space, now well covered with trees. Many Wulfrunians will tell you that this space was never built upon because it was a plague pit.  And why, otherwise, would "they" not allow it to be built on?  The records actually show where the plague burials took place and this area is not one of them - unless, of course, "they" have doctored the records.

We must thank Paul Commander  for supplying us with the date of the refurbishment.