Listing: early C18.
Comment: the listed buildings do not include Kirk's shop but the part
of their premises next to it; and the two buildings beyond, with the red
amusement arcade fascia. The listing says that this "includes 54, 55 and 56 St.
John Street", reflecting the fact that these buildings are on the line of street
that went through where the Mander Centre now stands (highly visible to the left
hand top of our photo), down the hill, past Mander's varnish and ink factory,
past the old Grammar School and out into Victoria Street.
It would be quite irrelevant to remark here that Kirk's is one of a number of
first class local butchers, whose varied sausages, pies and the like win prizes
at salons cuisenaires. Wolverhampton used to have an exceptionally
high number of butcher's shops: the local workers in iron and steel were
well enough paid to be able to afford it and they thought they needed it to
build up their strength for the heavy work.