Report - West of England and South Wales Bank, Bristol - June 2016

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Oxygen Thief

Staff member
Oct 17, 2005
Many thanks to the Bristol crew for this - @WhoDaresWins @Seffy & @END-PROC.

Edited history from the Bristol Post...

The Lloyds branch on Corn Street is one of the grandest and oldest buildings in the city centre.

The bank is one of the last of the grand financial institutions in Corn Street - which was at is peak the heart of the city’s trade and commerce.

The listed building, which was built in the 1840s, was inspired by a library in Venice and was originally the headquarters of the West of England and South Wales Bank.

However, the bank went out of business within 20 years and was taken over by Lloyds who have had a branch on Corn Street until know.

Lloyds is returning the building to its owners, a London based investment company, and it is thought the building will now be turned into a restaurant or a bar.

The fixture and fittings will be removed but the original fittings will remain in tact. A planning application has gone into the city council for change of use.

Corn Street was the commercial centre of Bristol in the 19th Century and most of the biggest deals were struck in the banks and offices in the area.

The bank was one of the most important in the area and was built by Bristol architects Bruce Gingell and TR Lysaght in 1848.

Gingell was one of the city’s best known and most influential architects and he went on to design the General Hospital in Redcliffe.

The designers are said to have used St Mark’s library in Venice as an inspiration for the design of the bank.

John Thomas, the artist responsible for overseeing the carving on the Houses of Parliament, was asked to create the friezes which adorn the Grade II listed building.

On the ground floor the official crests of Newport, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, and Cardiff – the main towns from where the bank operated, are still on display.

The first floor have works depicting the ‘elements and sources of wealth’ which include justice and integrity; education and charity; peace and plenty; art and science; commerce, navigation and commerce.

The amazing hall with skylight...


Behind the obviously newer cashiers desks...


Some detailing from the same room...




The vaults were extensive with many doors and rooms...







Finally there were some half-decent views from the roof...

At some point in time the skylight had been covered...


Pissheads buying kebabs...





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