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Royal Exchange

A Grade I Listed Building in City of London, London

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Latitude: 51.5136 / 51°30'49"N

Longitude: -0.0872 / 0°5'14"W

OS Eastings: 532825

OS Northings: 181144

OS Grid: TQ328811

Mapcode National: GBR SC.KL

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.F7R0

Entry Name: Royal Exchange

Listing Date: 4 January 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1064713

English Heritage Legacy ID: 199407

Location: City of London, London, EC3V

County: London

District: City and County of the City of London

Electoral Ward/Division: Cornhill

Built-Up Area: City of London

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): City of London

Church of England Parish: St Michael Cornhill

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 10/02/2016

TQ 3281 SE

CORNHILL EC3 (North Side)
Royal Exchange


1841 to 4, by Sir William Tite. Building of 2 main storeys round arcaded courtyard,
formerly open. Rich, heavy classical style in Portland stone. 8 columned portico
to west with figure sculpture in tympanum of pediment and 3 arched openings behind
with barrel vaults above. Side elevations pilastered, with arcades incorporating
shops below a mezzanine and upper windows with shaped heads. 3 central bays have
richer carving and single, recessed entrance. 2 statues to north elevation. Attic
storey behind modelled parapet and balustrade. Pairs of chimney stacks connected
by arches. Curved corners at rear and central portico of 4 engaged columns. Pilastered
tower above with large statue of Sir Thomas Evesham, pair of consoles and 2 flanking
turrets, topped by urns and lantern with pairs of columns set diagonally and crowning
cupola. Interior approached through decorative iron gates. 2 storeys, treated
with arcading and orders of engaged Doric and Ionic columns. Arched and pedimented
1st floor windows and large bracketed cornice now supporting heavy roof of cast
iron and glass with coving, central dome and much enrichment. Central area has
patterned paving. Cloister walls plain with series of C19 and C20 historical paintings
of varied quality. Statues of Queen Elizabeth 1844, by M L Watson, Charles II
by Gibbons (?), Queen Victoria by Hamo Thorneycroft, 1895, Prince Albert by J G
Lough, 1841/2, Bust of Abraham Lincoln by Andrew O'Connor, 1930. The design of
the building perpetuates the general form of its predecessors of 1566 and 1667-9.
Listed grade I as the symbolic centre of the commercial life of the City as much
as for its architectural quality.

Listing NGR: TQ3282581144

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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