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50, Cornhill and Attached Grilles

A Grade II Listed Building in City of London, London

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Latitude: 51.5133 / 51°30'47"N

Longitude: -0.0851 / 0°5'6"W

OS Eastings: 532971

OS Northings: 181111

OS Grid: TQ329811

Mapcode National: GBR TC.0P

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.G7V8

Plus Code: 9C3XGW77+8W

Entry Name: 50, Cornhill and Attached Grilles

Listing Date: 11 July 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375557

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466458

Also known as: The Counting House
50 Cornhill
Number 50 And Attached Grilles

ID on this website: 101375557

Location: City of London, London, EC3V

County: London

District: City and County of the City of London

Electoral Ward/Division: Cornhill

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of London

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): City of London

Church of England Parish: St Peter Upon Cornhill

Church of England Diocese: London

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 11/07/2017

TQ 3281 SE

No.50 and attached grilles

Former offices and banking hall. 1891-92 by Henry Cowell Boyes, FRIBA; William Cubitt, builder, for Prescott, Dimsdale, Cave, Tugwell and Co., bankers. Polished Aberdeen granite and stone, Portland stone, and brick in English bond. Roof not visible.

Four storeys and attic over basement. Top storey recessed behind a balustrade, again not visible. Flat-arched entrances in outer ranges, that to left set in tall ground-floor arcade of three bays, the arches carried on attached to Tuscan columns on high socles and responds. Entrance to right with round window overlight which is partly obscured by pediment and spandrels of the arcade; this entrance set in short wall treated as banded rustication. Entablature to ground floor with high broad frieze-sign fascia. Storey band between first and second floor. Sill band to attic. First-floor and attic windows with eared architraves; lower spandrels to the former with guilloche bands; second-floor windows have architraves and entablatures. Heavy balconies to second-floor windows. Heavy dentil and modillioned cornice to attic; urn to right party wall and stack behind. Decorative security grilles to basement windows.

INTERIOR: Banking hall reaches to rear of site and is as broad as the building. Illuminated by glass dome on pilastered low drum. Walls with pilasters and panels of Derbyshire alabaster, and Spanish mahogany dado and cornice, with counters of the same hardwood; all features of original design. To east wall a panelled gallery. Entrance vestibule with pilasters and alabaster facing.Let into the white marble mosaic floor at time of completion were 'signs' of the four different banks united to form the new company 'Cornhill, 1762'; 'Threadneedle Street, 1766'; 'High Street, Bath, 1770'; and 'Corn Street, Bristol, 1750'.

A 1914-18 War Memorial in bronze to west wall of vestibule. Doors of an original design.

Sub-basement reported to retain elements from the Roman Wall, discovered when the building was constructed and retained in situ.

(The Builder: 19 November 1892: London: 403; The Building News: 18 November 1892: London: 722-723).

Listing NGR: TQ3297181107

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 30 January 2018.

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