Soho Manufactory

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The Soho Manufactory was an early factory, opened in Soho, Birmingham, England.

The factory was established by the manufacturer Matthew Boulton and his business partner John Fothergill. In 1761, they leased a site on Handsworth heath, containing a cottage and a metal-rolling mill. The mill was replaced by a new factory, designed and built by the Wyatt family of Lichfield, and completed in 1766. The cottage was later demolished and Boulton's home (Soho House) was built on the site, also by the Wyatts.

The manufactory produced a wide range of goods from buttons, buckles and boxes to japanned ware, and later luxury products such as silverware and ormolu (a type of gilded bronze). It was also home to the first steam-powered mint.

The manufactory was demolished in the middle of the 19th century and the site used for housing. In the 1990s the television archaeology programme "Time Team" excavated the foundations, in some of the local back gardens.

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