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Bank House

A Grade II* Listed Building in King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.753 / 52°45'10"N

Longitude: 0.3931 / 0°23'35"E

OS Eastings: 561604

OS Northings: 319949

OS Grid: TF616199

Mapcode National: GBR N3Q.J5J

Mapcode Global: WHJP7.02GB

Entry Name: Bank House

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1220654

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384183

Location: King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE30

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Town: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Electoral Ward/Division: St Margarets with St Nicholas

Built-Up Area: King's Lynn

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

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Listing Text


610-1/9/112 (South side)
01/12/51 Bank House


House, then hotel, now offices. Early C18. Shown on Rastrick's
1725 plan but Bell shows clear site c1680. North facade
re-worked early C19 with 2 full-height canted window bays.
Red brick with plain tiled roofs.
North front of 2 storeys and dormer attic Central panelled
door within stuccoed Gibbsian rusticated surround. One sash
above with glazing bars and gauged skewback arch. Canted
window bays to either side are pierced by 3 similar sashes to
each floor and terminate in a timber modillion eaves cornice.
Gabled roof carrying 2 hipped dormers with sashes between
which is a tall stuccoed niche on scrolled consoles. Niche is
framed by pilaster strips and a round arch and surmounted by a
broken swan-necked pediment. In niche is a statue of Charles
I, resited 1685 from former Custom House (qv) of 1630.
Internal gable end stack to east and a compound stack to west
gable is shared by the 3-storey wing returning north. This
wing is illuminated through sashes with glazing bars and
gauged skewback arches and is an early C19 front. Parapet
conceals 2 hipped roofs.
West elevation has large patches of English bond brickwork, is
in 3 storeys and presents 4 hipped roofs to view. Windows are
predominately sashes with glazing bars and exposed boxes. One
stack left of centre and another immediately behind.
INTERIOR. Very extensive brick cellars are barrel-vaulted.
They are entered from north-east room under a heavy bressumer.
This room with large but plain bridging beams. Ground floor
east room with large-frame C18 panelling and a shouldered and
eared picture frame in the overmantel. Reeded strips separate
sashes in the window bay. Ceiling in large geometric panels.
The room immediately above has similar panelling. Early C19
staircase: open string, stick balusters, ramped and wreathed
Captain Samuel Gurney Cresswell, the Arctic Explorer, was born
here (1827-1867). The house was built on the former site of
the C16 Port Tollbooth.

Listing NGR: TF6160419948

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

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