1870-1900

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

Goslings & Sharpe

18-19 Fleet Street, EC4 Built: 1898-99 Architect:  Arthur Conran Blomfield Location: Fleet Street Listing: Grade II (1972) One of a trio of private bank headquarters extant on Fleet Street, this building, like Hoare’s and Child’s, replaced an earlier, plainer one.… Read More »Goslings & Sharpe

Child’s Bank

1 Fleet Street, EC4Built: 1878-1880Architect:  John GibsonLocation: Fleet StreetListing: Grade II* (1970) Sir Francis Child joined Robert Blanchard in the 1660s and moved their operations to this location by 1673, eventually taking over the company and renaming it after himself. … Read More »Child’s Bank

Bank of England Branch

194 Fleet Street, EC4Built: 1886-1888Architect:  Sir Arthur William BlomfieldLocation: Fleet StreetListing: Grade II (1972) From 1888 to 1975, this purpose-built renaissance-style palazzo housed the Law Courts branch of the Bank of England.  The overall articulation of the building is complex,… Read More »Bank of England Branch

Commercial Bank of Scotland

60-62 Lombard Street, EC3Built: 1890 Architect:  John Macvicar AndersonLocation: Lombard StreetListing:  Grade II (1972) The main decorative elements are the choice of contrasting granite colours for the columns and rather stubby balustrade fronting the first-floor windows. Both main entablatures are… Read More »Commercial Bank of Scotland