Wolverhampton's Listed Buildings

Lloyds Bank

Queen Square

Listing: 1878, later C19 top storey. By J.A.Chatwin. Italianate style. Entablature has relief panels illustrating coal mining, agriculture and engineering.

Pevsner: ... of 1878 but was then only half its present size. It is of three and a half storeys, Italianate, sparing in motifs and of high quality.

Comment: The theory that it was only the top floor that was added is to be preferred over Pevsner's version. A pleasant and unassertive building, with a rather skinny porch. The new extension to the bank, on the left of the picture above, really ought to have its own page to explain just how awful it is.

The decorative panels on the front facade are in very deep relief and now seem to be in need of a bit of cleaning and restoration. The detail is good but the stocky little figures are - well, unusual.

This panel depicts metal bashing, which is very suitable for the area.
This panel depicts agriculture, recognising the enduring importance of agriculture to Wolverhampton, and vice versa
The inclusion of a panel about coal mining is a little odd as coal was not mined in the old borough, though the town relied heavily on the output of mines.

Noszlopy and Waterhouse, Public Sculpture of Staffordshire and the Black Country, list these panels but do not have a sculptor.  They note "large groups of stocky figures in contemporary work clothes engaged in all aspects of mining, farming and metalwork". 

This building is on the site of the Swan which was, until the 1870s, Wolverhampton's premier hostelry.  It was much used by ironmasters and other dealers for the transaction of business both within and in the market square immediately outside.  It was a great favourite with Dickens, who stayed there several times and who gave it a flattering write up in Household Words.