SJ4912 : 'Joules' in the former Alliance and Leicester building

taken 2 months ago, near to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Great Britain

'Joules' in the former Alliance and Leicester building
'Joules' in the former Alliance and Leicester building
Operated as a branch by the old Alliance & Leicester Building Society when it was Grade II listed LinkExternal link in 1995, and subsequently a branch of the Spanish Santander Bank in 2010 (they acquired the Alliance & Leicester in around 2008 when many UK financial institutions were in a parlous state). The building was originally purpose built as offices for the Royal Insurance Company; the name is carved on the stone above the doorway, and dates from 1903. Described as "A dramatic and skilful articulation of this important corner site", it's now a clothing shop.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 30 November, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 16 December, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Shop 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4912 1252 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.4765N 2:45.2702W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 49136 12566
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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