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Banking on Bricks

Winslow’s bank in the Market Square is a fine example of a Victorian brick building, complete with terracotta detailing.

This is my second post about Winslow’s first bank. The first post, with the timeline of the bank (it closed for good in April after 180 years) was last Thursday.

I had so many interesting photos of the bank revealing details I’d never consciously noticed before that I decided to make a second post, with more photos.

I really should have seen these details before, as I spent the first 26 years of my life in Winslow. Oh well, on with the photos.

Old Lloyds bank  WinslowI happened to be in the Market Square one day and took this photo of the bank. When I began to research the story, I realised I had much more to write about than I thought; too much for a Monday photo. In the end I had enough photos for two complete posts.

Old photos of the bank show a low wall with railings above it, between the left hand brick column and the corner of the bank.

I think this was removed when part of the bank manager’s small front garden was used to provide access for a cashpoint in the side wall of the bank. A new low wall with railings divides off the path from the garden.

Top floor windows of bank in Market Square  Winslow Even up high above the square the building has nicely executed detailing in brick and terracotta. The dates 1841 and 1891 above the window refer to the first year a bank was on this spot, and the year this building was built.

Bucks & Oxon Union Bank  WinslowThe corner tower originally had an eight sided conical tiled roof, about as tall as the chimney stack on the left. At some time between the late 1930s and early 50s it was replaced by a flat roof.

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End wall of 19 Market Square  WinslowThe rooks were flying around the bank’s chimneys as I walked round with my camera. Much of the West wall was built right up against the old post office, but still the bricklayers achieved a neat finish. The very wide view of my lens has included part of the St Laurence room that replaced the old post office, on the left and right of the photo.

Ornate brickworkThe way this wall is made tells me it is nine inches thick, and like most other walls when it was built, there is no cavity.

It’s been laid in Flemish bond; on each course a stretcher (a brick laid sideways on) alternates with a header (laid end on). The header on the next course is always centred on the middle of the stretcher; no joints line up and this produces a strong wall.

There are some nice details here in terracotta and brick to offset the vast expanse of plain brickwork you see when approaching from Church Walk.

I used Pentax zoom lenses for the photos in this post; earlier versions of the 10-17mm fisheye and the 16-50mm lens, but the same model of 60-250mm lens as in the link.

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