National Recording Project


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

Allegorical Figures


Type Coat of Arms , Panel , Sculpture

     The bearded figure symbolising the banks function was sculpted in the round and is placed in an elaborate niche beneath a domed canopy, directly above the main door to the bank. He carries a pot in his left hand and a wallet hangs from his belt. In the lunette above the door is a high relief carving of a classically draped female figure holding a shield of the Birmingham coat of arms. To her left is a seated man with a hammer and anvil, and to her right is a glassblower, whilst an urban scene is shown in low relief in the background.
     The architects of the original building on this site are unknown, though it is thought that it dates form 1892 as the London and City Bank. The doorway is all that remains of the original building, which has undergone considerable changes to the fa├žade.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
unknown, None Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Stone 100cm high
Relief Stone 80 x 120cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx273 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Vyse Street, Warstone Lane
Precise location Over entrance to HSBC
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1892
Unveiling details 1892
Commissioned by None
Duty of care HBSC
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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