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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: 1380621



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


District: The City of Brighton and Hove

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 23-Jun-1994

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 480944

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TQ3104SW 577-1/40/603 23/06/94

BRIGHTON NORTH STREET (North side) Nos.155-158 (Consecutive) National Westminster Bank


Bank. 1921-3 by FCR Palmer (with Clayton & Black as executive architects). Extended 1960-2 in matching style by BC Sherren. Stone. Mansard roof of slate. EXTERIOR: 6-window range with 3-window range return; single-corner range on chamfer of rectangular plan. Storeys and dormers over basement. The massing and details are reminiscent of late Louis C16 design, with the proportions and details stylized. Flat-arched entrance to banking hall on corner with architrave surmounted by entablature with projecting cornice, the latter supported by a pair of console brackets; the area above the entrance filled by bas relief carving of arms on an escutcheon, above which a Diocletian window which has a keystone carved as a female head and spandrels decorated with swags of autumnal fruits. To either side of the corner range an elliptical escutcheon with a laurel and palm frond border. At each party wall an entrance to office areas. Each round-arched, ground-floor window has a historiated keystone, deep splayed reveals and sills. The ground-floor treated as shallow banded rustication, including the window jambs. Storey band treated as an entablature and stops short of range nearest each party wall; the window in this range is rather plain, thus concentrating the design further around the corner; the decorated entablature frieze now obscured by late C20 sign fascia. All first-floor windows are flat arched with architraves and keyed lintels; the walls between each window covered by delicate ribbon ornament on a shallow panel, a treatment which gives the impression that the first floor is recessed behind a short, squat pilastrade. Above projecting cornice with balustraded parapet, behind which one flat-arched dormer for each window range, each dormer with eared architrave and cornice. INTERIOR: not inspected. The whole forms a group with other C20 commercial buildings in North Street, including Nos 153 (qv), 163 (qv) and Nos 166-169 The Norwich Union Insurance Building (qv). (Brighton Polytechnic: A Guide to the Buildings of Brighton: Macclesfield: 1985-: 57).

Listing NGR: TQ3108004263

Selected Sources

Books and journals
School of Architecture, , Interior Design, Brighton Polytechnic, A Guide to the Buildings of Brighton, (1987), 57

National Grid Reference: TQ 31080 04263


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