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Midland Bank, Bradford

Description: Midland Bank

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 August 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 336366

OS Grid Reference: SE1634533210
OS Grid Coordinates: 416345, 433210
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7949, -1.7533

Location: Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 3HR

Locality: Bradford
County: Bradford
Country: England
Postcode: BD1 3HR

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Listing Text

(east side)

No 2

SE 1633 SW 36/452 (Midland Bank)


Includes No 34 Kirkgate. Corner site with Kirkgate. Built in 1858 for the Bradford
Banking Company; designed by Andrews and Delanney, this is the first of the prestige
banking premises in Bradford. Boldly modelled Italianate elevations of high quality
stone masonry. The ground floor has vermiculated banding to ashlar with recessed
joints, rising up to moulded impost string which creates the effect of piers between
the windows, the arches of which have alternately vermiculated voussoirs. A
bracketed cornice runs across the ground floor and around the curved corner and is
surmounted by an applied parapet, with balustrading in front of the first floor
Windows, and projecting dies bearing giant engaged Corinthian columns articulating
the first floor and doubled flanking the curved corner. The elevation is crowned
by a bold cornice and frieze, breaking in line with the columns, and a balustraded
parapet articulated by dies. The ground floor windows are a modified Serlian type
contained within the main rusticated arches. The main doorway on the corner is
treated in a similar fashion but with a blind tympanum ornamental with a carved
shield. The first floor windows to Kirkgate have flanking pilasters and arched
segmental pediments. Those to corner and on Darley Street have flanking lights,
the corner one with engaged columns instead of pilasters. At a later date a second
floor was inserted with windows breaking through the segmental pediments. The last
2 bays on Darley Street are a matching extension of the same date as the latter
alteration. The banking hall has a very fine enriched plaster compartmented ceiling
carried on marble shafted gilded Corinthian columns, with pilasters to the walls.

Listing NGR: SE1635233219

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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