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National Westminster Bank

A Grade II Listed Building in Corwen, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9807 / 52°58'50"N

Longitude: -3.3739 / 3°22'25"W

OS Eastings: 307853

OS Northings: 343481

OS Grid: SJ078434

Mapcode National: GBR 6P.J8XT

Mapcode Global: WH781.4BNR

Entry Name: National Westminster Bank

Listing Date: 1 February 1995

Last Amended: 1 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15518

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Prominently sited facing E down High Street at the point where it narrows towards the head of Stryd y Bont.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Corwen

Community: Corwen

Built-Up Area: Corwen

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

The first branch of the National Provincial Bank of England (later The National Westminster Bank) to open in Corwen opened in 1913. The present building is dated 1928, and may have been designed by Palmer, architect to the National Provincial Bank.

Exterior

The building is a thorough-going exercise in vernacular revival, based on a medieval open hall. Pegged close-studded timber framed construction on a stone plinth, and with split stone roof. 3 bays, the 2-bay banking hall is open to the roof, with the offices housed in a storeyed bay to the W, and the main entrance in the E gable. S elevation has 2 wide gables over full-height 3 tier wood mullioned and transomed windows, each with canted central section. The gables are slightly advanced, and have vine-scroll decoration to bargeboards, and pendant finials. Dated in a moulded timber panel where the 2 gables meet, and also on the enriched rainwater head. The western bay houses the offices, and has a small-paned 3-light casement window on each floor. Entrance in gable facing E: 4-centred archway to central doorway, with mullioned and transomed oriel window carried on brackets above it. 3-tier mullioned and transomed window in short rear wing to the right. Beyond this, a pentice roof carried on raking brackets straddles a passageway between the bank and the adjacent Harp Hotel.

Interior

The banking hall is open to the roof, which has exposed tie beams carried on raking braces, and a plaster panelled ceiling richly decorated with vine-scrolls etc. Oak dado panelling, and panelled counter.

Reasons for Listing

An excellent exercise in the vernacular revival styles developed in the inter-war period, and which were a particular hall-mark of the National Provincial Bank in N Wales.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Harp Hotel
    At the W end of the broad section of High Street, adjoining the National Westminster Bank.
  • II Attached Sorting Office
    On the corner of High Street and Pen y Bryn, the sorting office forming a rear wing parallel to Pen y Bryn.
  • II Waterloo House
    Adjacent to the Post Office, alongside the pathway leading to the Parish Church.
  • II Post Office
    On the corner of High Street and Pen y Bryn, the sorting office forming a rear wing parallel to Pen y Bryn.
  • II Central Hotel
    Adjoins the Harp Hotel at the W end of the broad section of the High Street.
  • II London House
    Adjoins the Central Hotel towards the centre of the terrace in the broad section of the High Street.
  • II Midland Bank
    Faces E down High Street, between Stryd y Bont and Pen y Bryn.
  • II Owain Glyndwr Hotel
    Prominently sited on the main street in the centre of the town, in front of the church.

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