National Recording Project


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

Coins and Symbols of Industry


Type Other , Medallion , Building

     The main entrance portico of the bank features Tuscan columns and circular reliefs based on coins which are employed as metopes on the architrave. The symbols depicted include zodiac and mythological emblems. Two further roundels between the pairs of windows arranged vertically on either side of the entrance door display representations of a watch escapement and a sparking plug, as symbols of Coventry's industries. Further similar roundels are found between the windows of the Hertford Street façade and feature a hypoid gear, a crankshaft and pistons, a screw jack, a vice and tap. The entrance doors to the bank contain a number of panels, each with a studded border containing a relief based on one of the metopes. The doors are four panels wide by five panels high with four additional panels inside the recess, they are jointed to concertina back when open. The
     The architects, Palmer and Holden, designed both the exterior and interior of the building and all the furnishings. G & A Brown carried out the commission for the carved stonework to the architect's designs. The entrance doors to the bank were designed by Holden, and made by Mr Pearson of the Birmingham Guild who chased the reliefs on the door panels.(1)


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Contributor details

Contributor Role
Palmer, F. C. R. Architect
Holden, W F C Architect
Brown, G & A Sculptor
Birmingham Guild of Handicrafts, None Metal worker
Mr Pearson, None Metal worker

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Each roundel Portland stone 40cm diameter approx.
entrance doors 'Staybrite' steel 220cm wide by 300cm high approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMcvCVxx160 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road High Street and Hertford Street
Precise location Façade of National Westminster Bank
A-Z ref None
OS ref SP334789
Date of design 1930
Year of unveiling 1930
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by National Westminster Bank
Duty of care National Westminster Bank
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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