Soho House - a historic gem in Handsworth, Birmingham, UK

Soho House, a museum since 1995 was the home of Matthew Boulton from 1766 till his death in 1809. Take the link for more from our People with Passion on this historic gem.

Soho House is located on Soho Avenue in Handsworth, Birmingham and was formerly the home of Matthew Boulton in the late 18th Century until his death in 1809.

Soho HouseSoho House (July 2010). Photography by Elliott Brown


Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)


B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

Go here for the official Soho House website.


History of Soho House

The house located in Handsworth, was built for Matthew Boulton one of the 18th century's major entrepeneurs. Who ran the Soho Manufactory (taking over Soho Mill in 1761). Originally a cottage was on this site which he had expanded, making several changes. Boulton moved in during 1766 and he became one of the founding members of the Lunar Society. He hired Samuel Wyatt in 1789 to landscape the garden and extend the buildings. In 1796 his brother James Wyatt, made additions to the main front. It is now a Grade II* listed building. When Matthew Boulton died in 1809, the house passed to his son, Matthew Robinson Boulton and later grandson Matthew Piers Watt Boulton who later sold the property in 1850. Over the years the house had a variety of owners. At one point it was a residential hostel for police officers. Birmingham City Council acquired the house in 1990 and opened it as a museum in 1995. In 2012 the Birmingham Museums Trust took over from the Council for running Soho House.

Soho HouseThe Lunar Room at Soho House (July 2010). Photography by Elliott Brown

Project dates

04 Aug 2018 - On-going


History & heritage, Civic pride, Classic Architecture

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