Lloyds Bank, Bristol

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Lloyds Bank
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Lloyds Bank, Bristol is located in Bristol
Lloyds Bank, Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or city Bristol
Country England
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Construction started 1854
Completed 1858

The Lloyds Bank (grid reference ST587729) is an historic building situated at 53 & 55 Corn Street in Bristol, England.

Originally the West of England and South Wales Bank built by Bristol architects Bruce Gingell (1819–1899) and T.R. Lysaght in 1854. Gingell was one of the most progressive Bristol architects of the latter part of the nineteenth century. He went on to design the General Hospital. Gingell is said to have used St Mark’s library in Venice as a starting point for this building. Spend a few moments viewing the sumptuous friezes by John Thomas (1813–1862). John Thomas had been responsible for overseeing the carving on Charles Barry’s new Houses of Parliament. On the ground floor the crests of Newport, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, and Cardiff are shown – the main towns from where the bank operated. On the first floor the ‘elements and sources of wealth’ are symbolised by life-size figures. They include: justice and integrity; education and charity; peace and plenty; art and science; commerce, navigation and commerce. And above this chubby cherubs depict the activities of the bank: receiving, paying, storing, coining money, engraving and printing, and trading with Africa and America.

The adornment was intended to emphasize the wealth, and therefore financial stability, of the bank. It didn’t stop the bank going bust, however, twenty years later in 1878.

The opulent interior features Corinthian columns. [1]

It is a grade II* listed building and now houses a branch of the Lloyds Bank.[1]


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  • Lloyds Bank in Bristol - script by John Sansom, Redcliffe Press. Undated - probably 1980s