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The Old Bank House

A Grade II Listed Building in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.4127 / 52°24'45"N

Longitude: -4.0856 / 4°5'8"W

OS Eastings: 258242

OS Northings: 281453

OS Grid: SN582814

Mapcode National: GBR 8R.P4PG

Mapcode Global: VH4FC.4MG9

Plus Code: 9C4QCW77+3Q

Entry Name: The Old Bank House

Listing Date: 21 July 1961

Last Amended: 24 November 1987

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 10195

Building Class: Education

Location: Set into the continuos row of frontages stepped in the slope; set back from adjoining properties behind contemporary cast-iron railings.

County: Ceredigion

Community: Aberystwyth

Community: Aberystwyth

Built-Up Area: Aberystwyth

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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Opened in 1760, it housed the first bank in Aberystwyth and possibly in Wales; known as the Ship Bank as it was established to serve the maritime community. In 1806 a new bank was established or the partnership changed and it continued until 1836 when it was taken over by the North and South Wales Bank which in 1870 moved to a new office. Subsequently divided up as University accommodation.


Late Georgian 3-storey and attic 3-window painted roughcast front with rusticated ground floor below cill band. Slate roof, boxed bracket eaves and brick chimney stack; pitched roof dormers, one with sash window. Small pane sash windows, with margins to 1st and 2nd floors. Fine paired classical doorcase offset to right with bracket cornice, entablature frieze and fluted pilasters; 6 panel doors and traceried fanlights.

The iron emblem over the cill band relates to the Black Sheep Bank which was elsewhere in Bridge Street and was mistakenly placed on this building.

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