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National Westminster Bank

A Grade II Listed Building in Bristol, Bristol

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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

Plus Code: 9C3VFC34+M5

Entry Name: National Westminster Bank

Listing Date: 3 September 1971

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1187268

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379369

Location: Central, Bristol, BS1

County: 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

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901-1/16/563 (South East side)
03/09/71 No.36
National Westminster Bank
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
(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
pedimented centre.
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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