Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - The Bank of England

Bank of England - photograph


The Bank of England - the chief institution of the kind in the world - is appropriately located in the very heart of the City. Its main entrance is in Threadneedle Street, and the buildings, which are, of course, isolated, cover about four acres. The Bank is mainly a one-storey structure, and it was from Sir John Soane's designs that most of it was built, in 1788. For the sake of security, there are no windows in the outside walls. The institution was founded in 1691, and in these days employs some nine hundred persons. More than two millions sterling are daily negotiated here, and every day fifteen thousand new bank-notes are printed, what time some twenty million pounds of cash lies in the vaults below. The portico of which the end appears in our view to the right will be recognised as that of the Royal Exchange.