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National Westminster Bank

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lancaster, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.05 / 54°3'0"N

Longitude: -2.8017 / 2°48'6"W

OS Eastings: 347605

OS Northings: 461858

OS Grid: SD476618

Mapcode National: GBR 8PWL.7Y

Mapcode Global: WH846.YG0J

Entry Name: National Westminster Bank

Listing Date: 13 March 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1290544

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383114

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

Town: Lancaster

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Lancaster

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster St Mary with St John and St Anne

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


1685-1/7/82 (North side)
National Westminster Bank


Banking hall and offices. 1870, with C20 addition. By Garlick,
Park and Sykes (of Preston). For the Lancaster Banking Co.
Sandstone ashlar with ashlar dressings, above a deep plinth of
Carboniferous limestone. Slate roof with tall gable chimney
stacks. Rectangular plan. In the Italian palazzo style.
2 storeys, over a tall basement which can be seen at the back
because of the fall of the land, and 9 bays divided by
pilasters on the 1st floor, with the doorway in the 6th.
The facade is articulated by a prominent modillion cornice
between the storeys and by Corinthian pilasters on the first
floor, which carry a heavy entablature, with brackets carved
with acanthus leaves in the frieze. The blocking course is
interrupted by acroteria carved with palmettes above the
pilasters and is raised at the corners. Above the plinth the
ground floor has banded rustication and there is a moulded
band at the impost level of the windows, which have plain
reveals and keystones carved with heads. The windows of the
first floor have moulded architraves and recessed sills, below
which there is a panel of vermiculation. The 5th and 7th bays
contain panels carved with bas-reliefs of the arms of
Lancaster and of Lancashire, set in florid scrollwork. The
doorway projects strongly, with a pediment which continues the
ground-floor cornice and is carried on free-standing Tuscan
columns of polished pink granite, mounted on the plinth; the
frieze bears the inscription 'BANK'. The bays to the right and
left of the doorway are blind. To the left a single-storey
3-bay extension, in early C20 classical style.
INTERIOR: large banking hall has ceiling supported on 4
free-standing Corinthian columns and is divided into
compartments with modillion cornices. In the central
compartment is a glazed lantern.
HISTORY: the Lancaster Banking Company was one of the first
joint-stock banks in the country, established in 1826
following the collapse of 2 other local banks.

Listing NGR: SD4762661857

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

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