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The Midland Bank, Watford

Description: The Midland Bank

Grade: II
Date Listed: 25 October 1977
English Heritage Building ID: 158174

OS Grid Reference: TQ1107796402
OS Grid Coordinates: 511077, 196402
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6554, -0.3957

Location: 69 Market Place, Watford, Hertfordshire WD1 2DS

Locality: Watford
Local Authority: Watford Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WD1 2DS

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Listing Text

(North-east side)

No 73
(The Midland Bank)
TQ 1196 SW 10/47 25.10.77


Circa 1905 bank. Single storey banking hall with offices to rear. A sophisticated
Baroque Revival design achieving a monumental scale despite the actual size of the
building and the narrowness of the site. The forebuilding is faced in horizontal
grooved Portland ashlar. Triumphal arch entrance front of Roman Ionic engaged columns
on pedestals and archivolt arched doorway. Richly carved festoons above the window
and doorheads. Entablature with panelled parapet and central section of balustrading.
Behind and with its front pediment lined up on the balustrade of the forebuilding's
parapet, rises the centrepiece of the banking hall. This is built in stone, on a
greek cross plan with very shallow, pedimented breaks to each front and bulbous-based,
lead clad, shallow saucer dome with vase finial. The exposed side elevation below
the pedimented attic is faced in brick and has a stone architrave window with
cartouche Keystone and elongated shallow consoles supporting moulded cornice. Plain
brick office range to rear with Portland stone coping to wall head carried through
from Greek cross centrepiece.

Listing NGR: TQ1107796402

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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