The Goddard Trail - the HSBC Building

The HSBC bank windows

An HSBC bank door

The HSBC bank doves

 

In 1840 this was the headquarters of the Leicestershire Banking Company. The current building was erected in 1872-4. Goddard's original design had been quite Classical but the nearby National Provincial Bank (now Nat West) was also Classical in style and the LBC were keen to overshadow their rivals. A new design, much more Gothic in style, was drawn up, and this marvellous creation in red brick, Portland stone, and terra-cotta emerged. Notable features include the entance set across the corner of Granby St and Bishop St with a French pavillion roof, the tall windows on Granby St, the large interior hall lit by a large lantern (the windows at the top), the intricate roof (Goddard's liking for heavy carpentry is also evident in his churches), and the lovely glass. It has been suggested that the glass was added later as it has very Art Nouveau patterns. I also like the ferret-like animals which guard the exterior of the building, a couple of which escaped and ended up on the school at Church Langton.
In the summer of 2012 it looks like the building, which has been empty for some time, will be inhabited again as a Hare Krishna Temple. This is good news as the exterior was beginning to look shabby and there was slight damage to a couple of the stained glass windows.
Thanks to the HSBC for allowing me to photograph the interior of their bank. There are also some excellent photos of the building on the 28 Days Later website - http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php/70793-HSBC-formerly-Midland-Bank-Leicester-May-2012
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

This website is part of the East Midlands Oral History Archive and has been compiled by Colin Hyde. Any comments can be sent to him via the 'Contact us' button at the bottom of the page. Last updated 07/09/2012.
 
 
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