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Nottingham Buildings

The Nottingham & Nott's Bank Head Office 

Thurland Street
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One of the grandest buildings in the city, this is another very fine building by Nottingham architect Watson Fothergill, built between 1877 and 1882. On this one he must have had an almost limitless budget and it shows in the abundance of detail and in the materials used.  I've not seen all his designs, but this has to be one of very the best, certainly of those still left standing.

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Banking Company Limited was a Joint Stock Bank established in 1834 in Pelham Street with a capital of  500,000. It expanded very quickly and by 1911 had almost 30 branches, including those at Mansfield (1834), Loughborough (1834), Newark (1835), Worksop (1836) and Retford (1836).  In 1919 it was acquired by The London, County, Westminster and Parr's Bank.

Before the Banking & Co-Partnership Act of 1826 the only Joint Stock Bank was The Bank of England. Before that date banks were privately owned with up to six partners jointly responsible for any debts. The 1826 Act allowed other banks to be formed that could issue shares (stock), thus spreading the risk more widely making them more secure.  

The part of the building that wraps round onto Pelham Street was added later in 1925. The original building is the main symmetrical part centered on the Thurland Street entrance. The building underwent extensive restoration work in 2010. The ground floor is presently occupied by 'All Saints' clothing store and 'Bravissimo' ladies lingerie shop.

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