Survey Data

Reg No

22821099


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural


Original Use

Bank/financial institution


In Use As

Bank/financial institution


Date

1930 - 1950


Coordinates

226033, 93038


Date Recorded

03/09/2003


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced two-bay two-storey red brick bank, c.1940, on a corner site with four-bay two-storey side elevation to north-west having single-bay two-storey recessed lower entrance bay to south-west. Refenestrated, c.1990. Roof not visible behind parapet with red brick Flemish bond chimney stack having cut-limestone coping, and cast-iron rainwater goods. Red brick Flemish bond walls on limestone ashlar plinth with limestone ashlar frontispiece to ground floor front (north-east) elevation having decorative stringcourse over with fish scale-detailing, red brick vertical bond stringcourses to remainder, and cut-limestone parapet on moulded stringcourse having raised section to side (north-west) elevation. Square-headed window openings (some grouped (three) to ground floor and originally in bipartite arrangement to first floor front (north-east) elevation) with cut-stone sills, and cut-limestone recessed surrounds. Replacement uPVC casement windows, c.1990. Square-headed door openings with cut-limestone recessed surrounds, timber panelled doors, and decorative overlights. Road fronted on a corner site with concrete footpath to front.

Appraisal

Although an attractive, well-composed building in its own right, this bank has not been sensitively planned with reference to the townscape, and the muted Modernist tone does not assimilate well into the streetscapes composed primarily of Georgian-style Classically-proportioned houses. On its own merits, the construction in red brick with limestone dressings produces an appealing polychromatic and textured visual effect. However, the replacement fittings to the openings do not enhance the visual appeal of the composition.