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Silver and Green Ginger

9 Dec

At the corner of Silver Street and Land of Green Ginger site this imposing pile of Portland stone built in 1873. No prizes for guessing it was once a bank, the Natwest bank in fact. Since the banking crisis means banks no longer have any need for savers to put real money in, they simply get their ‘cash’ from the Bank of England at zero charge, they have no need of expensive branches like this so it’s been sold off. I’ve read that an application for permission for change of use to a “restaurant” and “drinking establishment” (I like that phrase even if it’s yet another trendy wine bar!) has been made. I heard today that the much vaunted trickle down effect hasn’t worked, but with all the coffee bars and boozers round here I think the trickle might become a flood …

Arms and the man

13 Jul

The arms I’m guessing are those of the Charterhouse because the man, George Moore Carrick, was master of Charterhouse from 1847 to 1849 when he died aged 48. Hull Charterhouse had owned this site, 4,5 and 6 Silver Street, since the 15th century but decided to sell it earlier this year. It’s right next door to yesterday’s posting.

Beehive

12 Jul

This ornate carving is over the doorway of a former bank on Silver Street. The beehive, a symbol of industry, was the sign of Lloyds bank until 1884 when Lloyds took over a bank called Barnett, Hoares & Co who had a black horse as their sign. Lloyds kept the black horse sign as its symbol (which you can just about see in this post here). I much prefer the beehive.
The Weekend in Black & White is here.

22 & 23

10 Mar

Here’s a detail above a doorway on Silver Street. I don’t know what the building was built as in 1886 but now it houses a hairdresser.
More monochrome images at the Weekend in Black & White.