There's been a bank on this site for over 140 years – in 1874 The National Provincial Bank of England was there and continued to be until at least the 1940s*.
This, of course, isn't the original Victorian building from 1874. I am not actually sure when it was built, I am guessing late 1950/60s, but I have always admired its simple, classic yet imposing façade and, especially, the lovely large circular door handles on the heavy warm-coloured wood. I have a blank as to who occupied the building when this frontage was installed. Perhaps, judging by the images on the door handle, a Greek bank was here at that time?
|Greek references on the [bronze?] panels within the door handles on the right hand pair of doors (top) and left (underneath) – men/gods riding porpoises/dolphins, a swan and a dove or chicken.|
|At the very top there are three while roundels. At street level as sign shows the bulding is now|
At the moment the property is being managed by Lowe Guardians, a charitable trust that, I assume, is care-taking the site until a new business moves in.
I really hope whoever moves in has the nouse to keep all its features intact
*This all needs a bit more research, bit I thought I'd share in case anyone out there has any relevant info.