Hidden In Plain Sight – post 20

This beautiful branch of the Manchester & Liverpool District Bank opened in 1883, although the bank had been operating in the town from 1833, it had previously rented rooms in a variety of places around the town centre. This bank was designed by William Sugden and his son, Larner.

A notable feature is the Oriel Window with the bank’s coat of arms above it.

National Westminister Bank Plc

The interior of the Porch (or Portico) has a frieze of tiles by the noted Arts & Crafts designer William de Morgan. Also much of the original interior woodwork still survives.

It became the District Bank Ltd in 1924 before becoming a subsidiary of the National Provincial Bank Ltd in 1962. In 1970, it became part of the National Westminster Bank Ltd (also known as the Natwest).

English Heritage granted it a Grade II listing on 7 June 1972.

National Westminister Bank Plc

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens
Feature Image – Exposure 1/30, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 30mm.
Secondary Image – Exposure 1/40, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 25mm.
Final Image – Exposure 1/6, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 34mm.


3 thoughts on “Hidden In Plain Sight – post 20

  1. a strawberry patch says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! Very jealous of the architecture you are surrounded by!


  2. Round Table says:

    I see your series is still going strong! And that’s some lovely architecture you guys have there. Keep it up!

    At the risk of sounding presumptuous; try shooting those at around f8 for better quality and no difference in depth. Most lenses don’t perform well at the extreme ends of aperture.


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