24th Jan, 2018

Two historic Olton buildings granted 'listed' status

Sarah Mason 9th Jun, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

TWO historic buildings in Olton have been added to the National Heritage List as Grade II listed buildings.

The Church of the Holy Ghost and Mary Immaculate, and the Friary building at St. Bernard’s Road have both been listed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport following an assessment by Historic England.

The buildings are prominent and positive buildings in Olton Conservation Area, with an enclosed cemetery to their south.

They are an illustration of the development of Olton and of the architecture of the Roman Catholic Church in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The historic buildings were recently added to the Council’s Local List of Heritage Assets in recognition of their clear local heritage value but have now received this recognition of their national significance.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, said: “It’s great that two more of our buildings have been recognised as worthy of protection.

“The Church is a beautiful piece of architecture and the mosaics and carvings inside the building are incredibly intricate.

“I hope that more of the borough’s important historical and architectural buildings will be recognised and protected.”

For more about listed buildings visit www.historicengland.org.uk and search for Solihull.

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