Bank of England Building, Liverpool

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Coordinates: 53°24′22″N 2°59′26″W / 53.4062°N 2.9905°W / 53.4062; -2.9905

Bank of England Building, Liverpool
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General information
Architectural style Neoclassical
Location 31 Castle Street
Town or city Liverpool
Country  England
Construction started 1845
Completed 1848
Client Bank of England
Design and construction
Architect Charles Robert Cockerell
Bank of England Building, Liverpool
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 28-Jun-1952
Reference no. 1205904[1]

The Bank of England Building is a Grade I listed building located in Liverpool, England. It was designed by Charles Robert Cockerell and built in a Neoclassical style between 1845–48.[2] The building was constructed as one of three branch banks for the Bank of England in the mid-19th century.[3]

The building combines several neoclassical architectural styles, notably Greek, Roman and Renaissance. The most evident of these is Greek, with four Doric style columns 'tying' the ground and first floors together.[4] The building itself is raised up from ground level, sitting atop a rough granite plinth.[3]

Despite only being three bays wide and seven bays deep, the building's design was seen to give it an "overwhelmingly massive and powerful" appearance.[4] The building is regarded as one of Cockerell's most impressive and was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as a "masterpiece of Victorian architecture".[4]

See also


  1. ^ England, Historic. "BANK OF ENGLAND, Liverpool - 1205904| Historic England". Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ Hughes, Quentin (1999). Liverpool: City of Architecture. Bluecoat Press.
  3. ^ a b Liverpool City Council (2005). Maritime Mercantile City Liverpool. Liverpool University Press.
  4. ^ a b c Sharples, Joseph (2004). Pevsner Architectural Guides: Liverpool. Yale University Press.

External links

  • Bank of England on Viewfinder

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