1870-1900

Africa Banking Corporation

43-47 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1890Architect:  T. H. SmithLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) In 1890, a consortium of major British banks (Lloyds, National Provincial, Westminster) together with the Standard Bank of South Africa established a new bank with headquarters in… Read More »Africa Banking Corporation

Billingsgate Market

16 Lower Thames Street, EC3Built:  1874-78Architect:  Sir Horace JonesLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade II (1980) The former home of Billingsgate Market presents two noble, elongated frontages along Lower Thames Street and, of course, the River Thames itself.  The external aspects,… Read More »Billingsgate Market

Leadenhall Market

89-90 Gracechurch Street, EC3   (also, numbering from 1 to 74 within the market)Built: 1880-1881Architect:  Sir Horace JonesLocation: between Leadenhall Street and Gracechurch StreetListing: Grade II*   (1972) The current Leadenhall Market is not so much a single building as a miniature… Read More »Leadenhall Market

City of London School for Boys

60 Victoria Embankment, EC4Built: 1880-1882Architect:  Davis & EmmanuelLocation: Victoria EmbankmentListing: Grade II   (1969) This breath-taking building is the second (of three) homes for the City of London’s School for Boys.  Its compositional arrangement, its overall quality and its riverside location‒… Read More »City of London School for Boys

Guildhall School of Music

4 John Carpenter Street & 1 Tallis Street, EC4Built: 1885-87Architect:  Sir Horace Jones, extension by Andrew MurrayLocation: Bridewell Listing: Grade II   (1980) Founded in 1880 the Guildhall School of Music and Drama has grown from 62 students to roughly 1,000… Read More »Guildhall School of Music

Argus Printing Co.

now Victoria House 23-27 Tudor Street& 8-10 Temple Avenue, EC4Built: 1896-1897Architect:  Charles Valentine Hunter Location: WhitefriarsListing: Grade II   (1997) In stylistic terms, this building borders on eclectic historicism and it is a good example of a recurring issue we face… Read More »Argus Printing Co.

London & Lancashire Life Assurance

66-67 Cornhill, EC3Built: 1880-1881Architect:  Thomas Chatfield ClarkeLocation: CornhillListing: Grade II   (1977) Variously described as “Italian Renaissance” by recent historians and “in the style of Francois I” (early French Renaissance) by Chatfield Clarke, the overall arrangement of this building seems to… Read More »London & Lancashire Life Assurance

Prescott Bank

now The Counting House 50 Cornhill, EC3Built: 1891-92Architect: Henry Cowell BoyesLocation: CornhillListing: Grade II   (1997) Sandwiched between a rare (for the City) modernist 1930s building and the last 18th century house on Cornhill, the former Prescott Bank building at No.… Read More »Prescott Bank

Union Discount Company

39-41 Cornhill, EC3Built: 1889-1890Architect:  John Macvicar AndersonLocation: CornhillListing: Grade II   (1970) For much of the history of the City of London, the main source of short-term mercantile financing was through the discounting of bills of exchange. While accepting houses (largely… Read More »Union Discount Company

Offices at 48 Bishopsgate

48 Bishopsgate, EC2Built: 1896Architect:  H.H. & M.E. CollinsLocation: BishopsgateListing: Grade II (1977) The small office building at No. 48 is flanked by two very plain houses (one is a listed, 18th century survivor) and occupies a footprint that is only… Read More »Offices at 48 Bishopsgate