hi, bob, this is a transcript from the Lancashire Gazetteer 1889 :
Wolverhampton House is ahandsome three story block built fifteen years ago (1874) having a frontage of 100 feet, all filled with plate glass windows, the ground floor is used for shop and showroom purposes with warehouse at the corner.The flat above also constitutes show rooms, and from the main block other shops extend towards the railway station. adding another 60 feet to the frontage. The depth rearwards is about 50 feet and there for the purpose of an exceptionaly large buisness.the different shops all communicate inside, but each has its own particular speciality. spacious well appointed workshops are situated at the rear, and in these is employed a numerous number of staff of skilled hands in tin smithing and in the making of bolts, rivets, wire nails ect for which Mr R G Brooks is highly reputed. Other prominent specialities of the house include asphelt roofing felt, sarking or lining felt, boiler or dry air felt, furnishings ironmongery of every description, all kinds of builders ironmongery, electro plated goods, fine cultery, articles suitable for all presentation purposes, lawn mowing machines and grass clippers, prizes for athletic sports( as well as requisits for the same) tools, tin wear and copper wear. all kinds of smiths and brass founders work, guns, rifles and revolvers and fishing tackle in the greatest varity. the firm devote special attention to house furnishing and the fitting up of collieries, chemical works and glass works carrying out all such contracts upon the most complete scale and the cheapest rates possible. They are also noted as earnest practical advocates of gas as a useful and economical heating and cooking agent in the household, and they support thier advocacy in this matter by exhibiting a splendid stock of gas cooking stoves embodying all the latest improvements in such apperatus ans also of gas lighting appliances of the best modern type. Among the latter are noticable the new "fishers triplet" light and the " warwick illuminator", both of which are strongly recomended on the score of practical efficency and genuine ecconomy. Many other specialities of real merit and value are shown and the firm execute all branches of plumbing and gas fitting, and supply gas and steam tubes at lowest current prices, sanitary and hot water engineering likewise receive the fullest attention. Mr R G Brooks stock of fishing tackle is one of the finest in the country as is also the bicycle and tricycle department. Cheapness and quality are distinctive features of the entire business , which is one of the largest and most successful retail ironmongery concerns in Lancashire, and which enjoys the constant personal supervision of its energetic and popular proprietor, assisted by a number of clerks, salesmen, warehousemen Mr brook is much esteemed in St Helens""
hi bob, wolverhamton house has served many purposes, in the early part of 1900,s it served as head quarters for todds steal foundry, an elderly lady who i had nursed told me that she was in service for a Drs in hall st and many men where given notes to take to the un employment exchange to register that they where fit to work. the employment exchange at the far end of wolverhampton house was there until the 1960s. Mr Grundy who was R G Brooks assisstant bought part of the existing ironmongers shop and premises at Wolverhampton House in 1913, this was the small building at the end ( now rendervous ) and was run by his family until it closed in 1979. then sold to a Mr Gardener in 1983 which was a shop known as curio corner, again was sold and used as a show room for beds that had been made near the station, and finaly as the rendesvous. there is a catalog of the interior of Grundys ironmongery store before it closed in the archive libuary. i am trying to locate the articles i did on wolverhampton house whe i locate them i will forward you the copies janet