Victorian Society succeeds in having historic bank Grade II-listed

The Victorian Society have succeeded in having the Former Union Bank of Manchester in Nelson, Lancashire Grade II-listed.

Following an application by the Victorian Society, Historic England have recognised the importance of the Former Union Bank of Manchester by granting it Grade II-listed status. The bank was built in 1913 by architects by Mould J D and S J, who designed a number of banks, including the Grade II-listed Barclays Bank in Bury and Barclays Bank in Rochdale. On listing the building, Historic England highlighted that the building is ‘a good example of a well-crafted neo-Baroque style bank of distinctive architectural character that retains a double-height, ornate banking hall and is an accomplished bank designed by well-regarded local architects, with contributions by a number of known craftspeople including John Ashton Floyd of Manchester.’

The Union Bank of Manchester was affiliated with Barclays Bank in 1919 and was fully incorporated into Barclays in 1940. The building was later purchased by Abbey National Ltd and later Santander, and today both the exterior and interior of the building have been modernised.


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