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Former National Westminster Bank on Corner at Junction with Spring Gardens, Manchester

Description: Former National Westminster Bank on Corner at Junction with Spring Gardens

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 January 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 458626

OS Grid Reference: SJ8408498297
OS Grid Coordinates: 384084, 398297
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4812, -2.2413

Location: Milk Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 4PD

Locality: Manchester
County: Manchester
Country: England
Postcode: M2 4PD

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Listing Text


698-1/28/445 (North side)
04/01/72 Nos.1 AND 3
former National Westminster Bank on
corner at junction with Spring


Bank. 1902, by Charles Heathcote,for Parr's Bank. Red
sandstone on grey granite plinth, slate roof. Rectangular plan
with splayed corner to Spring Gardens. Vigorous Edwardian
Baroque style. Three unequal storeys and attic, 1:5:1 bays to
York Street including the corner, which has a domed turret.
The ground floor, which is taller than the next 2 floors
together, has banded rectangular piers supporting coupled
Doric columns with shaped entablatures from which inverted
consoles rise (between the 1st-floor windows), and a large
round-headed window filling the width of each bay, with
moulded head, scrolled keystone, and plate-glass glazing with
enriched bronze "ferramenta" including a horizontal mid-panel,
bottom panels with stained glass, and arched upper lights with
margin panes. The 1st floor has 3-light mullioned windows with
eared architraves and triple keystones, and a prominent
enriched cornice with modillions; the 2nd floor has arcaded
segmental-arched windows with festoons between each group of
3; and the attic has 3-light dormer windows with shouldered
architraves and segmental pediments. The 6th bay (at the
right-hand end) differs: it is 4-storeyed to the same height,
breaks forward slightly, has an open semi-circular pediment, a
doorway at ground floor with emphatic Baroque architrave
including blocked coupled columns and segmental pediment, a
2-storey canted oriel above (with little windows in heavy
surrounds at 1st floor and a cross-window at 2nd floor), and a
round-headed window at 3rd floor with enriched pilastered
architrave. The splayed corner to the left has octagonal piers
framing a large round-headed doorway with enriched granite
surround, a pair of windows at 1st floor with Gibbs surrounds
and triple keystones, an elaborately-detailed 2-stage feature
above (rising into the turret) including a curved balcony with
elegant Art Nouveau railings and a broken pediment containing
a cartouche; and a cylindrical Baroque turret with projected
Ionic aedicules, prominent modillioned cornice and domed lead
roof with a lantern. Six-bay return side to Spring Gardens
matching the York Street facade. Interior: imposing and richly
decorated banking hall.

Listing NGR: SJ8408498297

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Source: English Heritage

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