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National Westminster Bank

A Grade II Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2091 / 51°12'32"N

Longitude: -2.6459 / 2°38'45"W

OS Eastings: 354974

OS Northings: 145737

OS Grid: ST549457

Mapcode National: GBR MN.43GS

Mapcode Global: VH89S.3W20

Entry Name: National Westminster Bank

Listing Date: 13 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382952

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483355

Location: Wells, Mendip, Somerset, BA5

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Wells

Built-Up Area: Wells

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


WELLS

ST5445 HIGH STREET
662-1/7/83 (South side)
13/09/72 No.7
National Westminster Bank

GV II

Bank. 1856, designed by CE Giles of Taunton. Doulting stone
ashlar, hipped Welsh slate roof, ashlar chimney stacks with
moulded caps. Venetian Gothic style.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, irregular fenestration. Plinth, moulded
sill strings, dentilled cornice, ground floor has on left a
pointed- arched doorway with label having carved end bosses,
quatrefoil fanlight over segmental-arch doorway, heavy doors
with 10 panels each; to right two 4-light windows set under
stilted segmental arches with stiff-leaf capital columns to
jambs, subdivided toplights over transoms.
First floor has 3 pairs ogee-arched windows, not regularly
spaced, having Purbeck stone columns as dividing mullions,
also with stiff-leaf capitals, the double-arched labels have
carved leaf ball stops. Above, three to each window, are
circular recessed panels with a variety of quatrefoil
decorations, the second floor has 4 pairs segmental-arched
windows without labels, having a plain Purbeck shaft dividing
each pair.
INTERIOR: not seen; remodelled to ground floor.
Building constructed originally for Stuckey's, the Lamport
bank, on the site of the George Inn (anciently the Crystesham
Inn, first mentioned in 1388). A bold design of its type,
exhibiting the Ruskinian influences of the 1850s.
(Holmes T Scott: Wells and Glastonbury: London: 1908-).

Listing NGR: ST5497645721

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