NS5565 : Unicorn and Lion Coat of Arms

taken 4 years ago, near to Govan, Glasgow, Great Britain

Unicorn and Lion Coat of Arms
Unicorn and Lion Coat of Arms
The Scottish version of the Royal Coat of Arms, with the unicorn on the left. On the former Savings Bank of Glasgow building in Govan.
Former Savings Bank of Glasgow, Govan

The building was designed by Eric A Sutherland in 1906-7 and is Category B Listed LinkExternal link .

The following extract is from the Lloyds Bank web site LinkExternal link ...

Glasgow Savings Bank opened for business on 30th July 1836. Its foundation was largely due to the efforts of Alexander Gray, a Glasgow accountant. He had campaigned vigorously for such a bank, believing it would help and encourage the poor to save.

The trustees of the new bank consisted mainly of merchants and bankers. This was somewhat unusual; most savings banks relied on the local aristocracy and landed gentry to fulfil that role.

The Bank's home was a hospital on Ingram Street, but it quickly established a network of agencies across city. These were staffed by volunteers. They opened only one day a week, and often just for a couple of hours.

As Glasgow expanded, so did the Savings Bank. It confined its operations to the city, however. It was not until the 20th century that it expanded beyond the city limits. But by the start of the Second World War, it had built up a comprehensive branch network across the west of Scotland.

Post-war expansion was largely triggered by the housing boom in Glasgow. New estates were built, and the existing bomb-damaged ones repaired. The Bank was keen to establish a strong presence in these communities.

In 1962, Glasgow Savings Bank became the first Scottish savings bank to introduce drive-in banking. This enabled customers to do their banking from the comfort of their car. The following year 'walk-up windows’ were launched for pedestrians; people could be served by the Bank's cashiers, without having to set foot in the branch.

In 1976, the TSB Act resulted in a new regional structure for the savings banks. Glasgow became part of the West of Scotland TSB.

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Monday, 27 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 1 October, 2018
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Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe 
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Historic Building 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5560 6558 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.7025N 4:18.5280W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5562 6560
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