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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: 1196930



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

County: Cumbria

District: Carlisle

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 01-Jun-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Apr-1994

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 386805

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NY4055NW LOWTHER STREET 671-1/12/203 (East side) 01/06/49 Trustee Savings Bank and attached railings (Formerly Listed as: LOWTHER STREET (East side) Premises occupied by Trustee Savings Bank (including entrance to Gretna Hall))


Formerly known as: Carlisle Savings Bank LOWTHER STREET. Athenaeum now bank. 1840, for the subscribers, by Arthur and George Williams of Liverpool. Calciferous sandstone ashlar (from Prudhoe Quarries) on chamfered plinth, with giant order pilasters and Corinthian capitals; moulded entablature, modillioned cornice and parapet, partly balustraded with central festoon and flanking head panels. Graduated slate roof without chimney stacks. 2 storeys, 5 bays. Recessed end bays have C20 panelled doors and overlight in architraves under bracketed cornice; small sash windows above in stone architraves with moulded sill bands under festoon panels. Central 3 bays have sash windows with glazing bars in stone architraves on bracketed moulded sills under console-bracketed cornices. Upper floor sash windows with glazing bars in eared architraves on moulded sill bands. INTERIOR entirely gutted in 1988 (had been altered in 1874 and 1929). The railings in front are 1988. HISTORY: references to the construction of the building are in the Carlisle Journal (1839, 1840 and 1845). For details of costs and later sale see Mannix & Whellan (1847). Opened in 1874 as part of the adjoining Post Office. Became part of the Gretna Tavern in 1916 and front part converted into Savings Bank by JH Martindale 9 July 1929. Has an impressive facade when viewed down Devonshire Street. (Carlisle Journal: 2 February 1839; Carlisle Journal: 2 May 1840; Carlisle Journal: 18 January 1845; Mannix and Whellan: Directory of Cumberland: 1847-: P.140).

Listing NGR: NY4026355779

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Mannix, , Whellan, , Directory of Cumberland, (1847), 140
'Carlisle Journal' in 2 February, (1839)
'Carlisle Journal' in 18 January, (1845)
'Carlisle Journal' in 2 May, (1840)

National Grid Reference: NY 40263 55779


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