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© Ms Ruth Povey

IoE Number: 379369
Location: NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK, 36 CORN STREET (south east side)
  BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
Photographer: Ms Ruth Povey
Date Photographed: 16 March 2006
Date listed: 03 September 1971
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade II

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BRISTOL ST5872NE CORN STREET, Centre 901-1/16/563 (South East side) 03/09/71 No.36 National Westminster Bank (Formerly Listed as: CORN STREET, Centre (South side) No.36 (Old Bank) National Westminster Bank) GV II Assurance offices, now bank. 1865-67. Rebuilt behind the facade 1977. By WB Gingell. Sculpture by T Colley. Limestone ashlar with Pennant dressings, roof not visible. Open banking hall with double-depth plan offices. Baroque Revival style. 3 storeys and attic; 5-window range. An elaborate symmetrical front is articulated by paired giant order of columns on pedestals, Composite on ground floor and Corinthian across the upper 2 floors, single to the sides, to a dentil ground-floor and modillion second-floor entablature and cornice which breaks forward, and attic storey with a pedimented centre. The ground floor has a banded Pennant plinth with a raised band, banded ground floor with alternate vermiculated courses, and vermiculated voussoirs to semicircular-arched openings. Outer doorways have carved head keys, C20 doors to the left and double 8-panel doors to the right; raised windows have coved surrounds and well-carved keys with heads, and C20 glazing bars. 2 marble oval panels beneath the windows are inscribed OLD BANK. First and second floors are banded behind the columns; first-floor windows have moulded lintels and egg-and-dart imposts, a plain band separates semicircular-arched second-floor windows with egg-and-dart drip and heavy scrolled keys. The attic has paired caryatids, symbolising the Seasons and Elements, beneath the entablature, octagonal urns to the ends, a small segmental pediment within the main pediment, half segmental pediments each side, with egg-and-dart mouldings. The extreme ends of the building curve forward to the building line. Horned sashes. INTERIOR: rebuilt 1977. The marble panels come from Bristol's first bank, with which the current bank merged. Formerly even more decorated, with carving symbolic of the need for insurance. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 353).

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