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Former National Westminster Bank

A Grade II Listed Building in Brighton and Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove

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Latitude: 50.8231 / 50°49'23"N

Longitude: -0.1404 / 0°8'25"W

OS Eastings: 531080

OS Northings: 104263

OS Grid: TQ310042

Mapcode National: GBR JP4.7BK

Mapcode Global: FRA B6LX.P4F

Plus Code: 9C2XRVF5+6V

Entry Name: Former National Westminster Bank

Listing Date: 23 June 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1380621

English Heritage Legacy ID: 480944

ID on this website: 101380621

Location: Brighton, Brighton and Hove, West Sussex, BN1

County: The City of Brighton and Hove

Electoral Ward/Division: St. Peter's and North Laine

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Brighton and Hove

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Brighton The Chapel

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

Tagged with: Building Neoclassical architecture

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NORTH STREET (North side)
Nos 155-158

(Formerly listed as Nos.155-158 (Consecutive) National Westminster Bank)



Bank. 1921-3 by FCR Palmer (with Clayton & Black as executive architects). Extended 1960-2 in matching style by BC Sherren. Stone. Mansard roof of slate.

EXTERIOR: six-window range with three-window range return; single-corner range on chamfer of rectangular plan. Storeys and dormers over basement. The massing and details are reminiscent of late Louis C16 design, with the proportions and details stylized. Flat-arched entrance to banking hall on corner with architrave surmounted by entablature with projecting cornice, the latter supported by a pair of console brackets; the area above the entrance filled by bas relief carving of arms on an escutcheon, above which a Diocletian window which has a keystone carved as a female head and spandrels decorated with swags of autumnal fruits.

To either side of the corner range an elliptical escutcheon with a laurel and palm frond border. At each party wall an entrance to office areas. Each round-arched, ground-floor window has a historiated keystone, deep splayed reveals and sills. The ground-floor treated as shallow banded rustication, including the window jambs. Storey band treated as an entablature and stops short of range nearest each party wall; the window in this range is rather plain, thus concentrating the design further around the corner; the decorated entablature frieze now obscured by late C20 sign fascia. All first-floor windows are flat arched with architraves and keyed lintels; the walls between each window covered by delicate ribbon ornament on a shallow panel, a treatment which gives the impression that the first floor is recessed behind a short, squat pilastrade.

Above projecting cornice with balustraded parapet, behind which one flat-arched dormer for each window range, each dormer with eared architrave and cornice.

INTERIOR: not inspected.

The whole forms a group with other C20 commercial buildings in North Street, including Nos 153 (qv), 163 (qv) and Nos 166-169 The Norwich Union Insurance Building (qv).

(Brighton Polytechnic: A Guide to the Buildings of Brighton: Macclesfield: 1985-: 57).

Listing NGR: TQ3108004263

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