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Latitude: 51.4542 / 51°27'15"N
Longitude: -2.5945 / 2°35'40"W
OS Eastings: 358784
OS Northings: 172967
OS Grid: ST587729
Mapcode National: GBR C8K.5K
Mapcode Global: VH88M.ZQ72
Entry Name: National Westminster Bank
Listing Date: 3 September 1971
Last Amended: 30 December 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1187268
English Heritage Legacy ID: 379369
Location: Bristol, BS1
County: City of Bristol
Electoral Ward/Division: Central
Built-Up Area: Bristol
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol
Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
ST5872NE CORN STREET, Centre
901-1/16/563 (South East side)
National Westminster Bank
(Formerly Listed as:
CORN STREET, Centre
(Old Bank) National Westminster Bank)
Assurance offices, now bank. 1865-67. Rebuilt behind the
facade 1977. By WB Gingell. Sculpture by T Colley. Limestone
ashlar with Pennant dressings, roof not visible. Open banking
hall with double-depth plan offices. Baroque Revival style. 3
storeys and attic; 5-window range.
An elaborate symmetrical front is articulated by paired giant
order of columns on pedestals, Composite on ground floor and
Corinthian across the upper 2 floors, single to the sides, to
a dentil ground-floor and modillion second-floor entablature
and cornice which breaks forward, and attic storey with a
The ground floor has a banded Pennant plinth with a raised
band, banded ground floor with alternate vermiculated courses,
and vermiculated voussoirs to semicircular-arched openings.
Outer doorways have carved head keys, C20 doors to the left
and double 8-panel doors to the right; raised windows have
coved surrounds and well-carved keys with heads, and C20
glazing bars. 2 marble oval panels beneath the windows are
inscribed OLD BANK.
First and second floors are banded behind the columns;
first-floor windows have moulded lintels and egg-and-dart
imposts, a plain band separates semicircular-arched
second-floor windows with egg-and-dart drip and heavy scrolled
The attic has paired caryatids, symbolising the Seasons and
Elements, beneath the entablature, octagonal urns to the ends,
a small segmental pediment within the main pediment, half
segmental pediments each side, with egg-and-dart mouldings.
The extreme ends of the building curve forward to the building
line. Horned sashes. INTERIOR: rebuilt 1977. The marble panels
come from Bristol's first bank, with which the current bank
merged. Formerly even more decorated, with carving symbolic of
the need for insurance.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 353).
Listing NGR: ST5878472967
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