The Bank of England, c.1894

Original description by George Birch in 1894

This institution was founded in 1691 by Walter Paterson with a capital of £1,200,000, which has, of course, vastly increased since then. The business of the bank was originally conducted in the Mercers’ Hall and afterwards in the Grocers’ Hall, whence it was removed to Threadneedle Street. Nearly one thousand persons are employed in all to carry on the intricate affairs of the various departments, and the salaries amount to over £200,000. The present building is the work of Sir John Soane, and was erected in 1788. It is easily reached by omnibus or train from all parts of London. The business offices are open to the public every day from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.; but to view the Bullion, Printing and Weighing Offices a special order from the Governor is necessary.

Other observations

The Bank is on the left; the Royal Exchange on the right. The facade of the bank has been considerably changed since 1894, see Google Street View.


Subject at centre of picture: TQ 3276 8115 approx.
Camera position: TQ 3268 8109 approx.
Camera height: from first floor window in Mansion House?
View direction: NE
View angle: 50° approx.
Focal length (35mm equiv): 39mm approx.

Nearest similar geograph

Technical information

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