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Bank of England, City of London

Description: Bank of England

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 199776

OS Grid Reference: TQ3273081211
OS Grid Coordinates: 532730, 181211
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5142, -0.0886

Location: Bank Station Princes Street (Stop B), London EC2R EC2R 7HE

Locality: City of London
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: EC2R 7HE

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Listing Text

(North Side)
Bank of England
TQ 3281 SW 10/290 4.1.50.


Largely rebuilt by Sir Herbert Baker in 1921 to 37. Listed for greatly altered
screen-wall by Sir John Soane, late C18 to early C19 and for various elements of
old building, by Soane and by Sir Robert Taylor (2nd half C18) which were reconstituted
in something like their original form within the new structure. Screen wall of
channelled Portland stone with order of Corinthian columns and pilasters, variously
applied, and crowning balustrade. 8 columned portico to main entrance in Threadneedle
Street with round-arched openings. Similar colonnade, in antis, to Bartholomew
Lane. Elaborated, rounded corners, especially the north west which now has footway
cut through it. Modern statue of Soane facing Lothbury. Within gateway from Lothbury
is reconstruction, in altered form of Soanes's Lothbury Courtyard (1798 to 99)
with Corinthian colonnades, sculpture etc, now marred by temporary glass roof.
Most important reconstructed interior is Taylor's Court Room with arcade at either
end screening vaulted lobby. Splendid plaster decoration (altered by Baker) and
3 chimney pieces of Sienna and white marble. Clock with elaborate frame of gilt
bronze. Octagonal Committee Room adjoining retains original ceiling design, marble
chimney piece and 4 built in bookcases. Other interiors copied to some extent
in new work include former Consols Office, Colonial Office, Dividend Office, Prince's
Street Vestibule, lobby to Rotunda (all by Soane) and semi-dome to Bartholomew
Lane vestibule by Taylor. Amongst fixtures should be mentioned marble statue of
William III by Cheere in Prince's Street entrance hall and 2 patterned Roman (C2
or C3) mosaic pavements at foot of principal staircase and in what is now the museum.

Listing NGR: TQ3273081211

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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