1870-1900

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

The Hampshire Banking Co.

Corner of Bishopsgate & Threadneedle Street (N. 39), EC2Built: 1874-76Architect: Theodore Knolles GreenLocation: BishopsgateListing: Grade II (1977) The Hampshire Banking Co., which commissioned this building, was established in 1834 as a joint-stock bank and, one year after merging with the… Read More »The Hampshire Banking Co.

New City Chambers

7-9 Bishopsgate, EC2Built: 1892Architect:  Herbert Alexander PellyLocation: BishopsgateListing: Grade II (1977) Though perhaps not as profuse in detailing or graceful in articulation as some of the more iconic buildings along Bishopsgate and nearby Cornhill and Threadneedle streets, this building is… Read More »New City Chambers

Royal Bank of Scotland

3-5 Bishopsgate, EC2Built: 1877Architect:  Thomas Chatfield ClarkeLocation: BishopsgateListing: Grade II (1977) When the Royal Bank of Scotland opened its first London branch in 1874, it was located on Bishopsgate, at No. 124. The adjoining premises were then purchased and this… Read More »Royal Bank of Scotland

Thomas Cook

  • 1870-1900

now Ludgate House 107-111 Fleet Street, EC4 Built: 1872-73 – extended 1906 Architect: Horace Gundy Location: Fleet Street Listing: not listed The former office of Thomas Cook are a good example of high-Victorian use of applied sculptural ornament to relieve… Read More »Thomas Cook