SO9988 : Langley Maltings on Western Road

taken 5 months ago, near to Oldbury, Sandwell, Great Britain

Langley Maltings on Western Road
Langley Maltings on Western Road
In happier times (1994, at which time it was still in use) the former Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery's maltings looked like SO9988 : Langley Maltings. Operations closed in early 2006, and much of the roofs and tower structures were subsequently destroyed by fire later about 3 years later, with arson strongly suspected at the time. It's now looking extremely sorry for itself, despite the 1974 Grade II listing LinkExternal link & LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) and is considered 'At Risk'. There were several burnt-out or vandalised & abandoned cars parked outside the frontage on this day.
Langley Maltings
Six square kilns. 1870. Grade II listed LinkExternal link
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Monday, 20 May, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 13 June, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  Industry 
Primary Subject of Photo
Maltings 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 9961 8829 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:29.5513N 2:0.4304W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 99670 88343
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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