This is a simple gabled two storey
rectangular brick building with six timber louvred openings in the East
elevation. The slate roof has a large timber louver along its ridge,
also slate covered. The upper malting floor and some of the original
fixtures survive. Maltings were once common structures in most urban
areas but are becoming increasingly rare. Thomas Williams, Maltster, is
listed in trade directories for 1860 and 1873 and this building probably
dates from the 1860s. It is currently now used as part of the premises
of a funeral directors.
Comment: Even as late as the 1901 OS maps of
Wolverhampton show a considerable scatter of malt houses but this might
be the only one left. Keeping this fascinating reminder is vital.
The funeral directors who now own the buildings
are Jennings and Sons, probably Wolverhampton's most
distinguished funeral directors, who undertook most of the
important public funerals in the area. Their story can be
found here on
this web site.