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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1064713



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: City and County of the City of London

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 04-Jan-1950

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 199407

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 10/02/2016

TQ 3281 SE 10/293

CORNHILL EC3 (North Side) Royal Exchange


I 1841 to 4, by Sir William Tite. Building of 2 main storeys round arcaded courtyard, formerly open. Rich, heavy classical style in Portland stone. 8 columned portico to west with figure sculpture in tympanum of pediment and 3 arched openings behind with barrel vaults above. Side elevations pilastered, with arcades incorporating shops below a mezzanine and upper windows with shaped heads. 3 central bays have richer carving and single, recessed entrance. 2 statues to north elevation. Attic storey behind modelled parapet and balustrade. Pairs of chimney stacks connected by arches. Curved corners at rear and central portico of 4 engaged columns. Pilastered tower above with large statue of Sir Thomas Evesham, pair of consoles and 2 flanking turrets, topped by urns and lantern with pairs of columns set diagonally and crowning cupola. Interior approached through decorative iron gates. 2 storeys, treated with arcading and orders of engaged Doric and Ionic columns. Arched and pedimented 1st floor windows and large bracketed cornice now supporting heavy roof of cast iron and glass with coving, central dome and much enrichment. Central area has patterned paving. Cloister walls plain with series of C19 and C20 historical paintings of varied quality. Statues of Queen Elizabeth 1844, by M L Watson, Charles II by Gibbons (?), Queen Victoria by Hamo Thorneycroft, 1895, Prince Albert by J G Lough, 1841/2, Bust of Abraham Lincoln by Andrew O'Connor, 1930. The design of the building perpetuates the general form of its predecessors of 1566 and 1667-9. Listed grade I as the symbolic centre of the commercial life of the City as much as for its architectural quality.

Listing NGR: TQ3282581144

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National Grid Reference: TQ 32825 81144


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