Lloyds Bank Building

Grade I listed. Its facade is a copy of the east side of Dyrham Park Country House in South Gloucestershire. Indeed, according to Pevsner, the building is “so grand as to call to mind Genoa”. It was constructed at some point between 1690 and 1710 as the new frontage for two older adjoining buildings purchased by the clothier Thomas Cooper. The house was subsequently inherited by Thomas’s son, John Cooper, and later owners included clothiers Samuel Bythesea and Thomas Stillman. In 1866, it became the offices of the Wiltshire and Dorset Bank. At that time, the house still had an extensive “pleasure garden”, greenhouse, stable, and coach house in the rear, stretching all the way back to Union Street. The last remaining parts of the garden were converted in 1960 to create a car park. Dorset & Wiltshire Bank was purchased by Lloyds Bank in 1914.

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