National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

'In the Balance'


Type Statue

     Standing bronze female figure of Equity in classical robes and headdress holding a balance. The rod is held with both hands slightly away from the upper body. Newspaper report of the opening of the bank describes the figure as a 'symbol of Equity, holding a balance, indicative of the function of a bank. The actual forms of the balance and the bowl are taken from ancient Greek examples, and the Mercury head, also derived from the same source, was used as a standard of weight.'
     The bank was built in 1926-27 by F.C.R. Palmer and W.F.C. Holden, National Provincial Bank of England architects. The contractors were E. Turner & Sons. Since 1874 the bank's Cardiff Docks branch had been in Dock Chambers and the bank was the last major commercial development in Butetown. The building is listed grade II*. At the time of inspection it was no longer owned by the National Westminster Bank who have moved to new premises in Cardiff Bay.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Stevenson, J.A. Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road West Bute Street
Precise location On exterior wall of former National Westminster Bank (Building listed grade II*)
A-Z ref 35 1E
OS ref ST190747
Date of design 1926-27
Year of unveiling 1927
Unveiling details 1927
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II*
At risk? No known risk

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