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National Westminster Bank, Bradford

Description: National Westminster Bank

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 August 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 336863

OS Grid Reference: SE1647733169
OS Grid Coordinates: 416477, 433169
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7946, -1.7513

Location: Market Street, Bradford BD1 4HH

Locality: Bradford
County: Bradford
Country: England
Postcode: BD1 4HH

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Listing Text

(east side)

No 15
SE 1633 SW 36/832 (National Westminster Bank)


Includes No 17 Cheapside. Built as the Bradford District Bank on the corner with
Cheapside. Architects: Milnes and France, 1873. Ornate, free classical, original
design with high quality crisp carving in fine Gaisby ashlar. Some late Greek Revival
details slightly reminiscent of "Greek" Thomson in Glasgow. The important site is
emphasised by a small dome above the bowed corner. Five windows to Cheapside, one
to corner and 4 to Market Street. Battered deep plinth with horizontal grooving. The
ground floor treated as broad pilastrade glazed in: the piers rise from moulded bases,
egg and dart strings to moulded caps with central sharply carved double scrolled leaf
motifs. Fluted recessed window heads, profiled consoles flanking. Patterns in frieze
above pier caps - 2 over broader ones flanking corner entrance. The doorway has
engaged fluted Roman Doric columns with incised detail to surround and to shallow
relief block pediment above, incised name plaque over. The main entablature over
ground floor has a bracket cornice. The 2 main upper floors are articulated by
giant engaged Cornithian columns, doubled with pilasters to corner. In frieze
above sash capital large double consoles rise up to support bracket main cornice
which is broken forward over them. The parapet has an arcaded balustrade articulated
by shallow scroll dies with acroterion. Above the rounded corner rises a pilastraded
small drum with swags decorating the frieze; cornice with paterae crestings and
pointed coffered lead dome. The balustraded parapet dies are paired to corner at
base of drum, surmounted by ornate vases. The first floor windows are set in archi-
trave surrounds, the cornices over them forming the sills of the second floor windows.
These have flanking pilasters with stepped bases and incised ornament to necks; the
heads break up into the deep main frieze.

Listing NGR: SE1647733169

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Source: English Heritage

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