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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Old Bank

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"O" is for "Old Bank" and today's photo shows an old bank on Stamford Street in Ashton.

The lettering on the walls indicates that this was once the "County Bank". I am told that the building housed the Trustee Savings Bank until a newer building was opened on Old Street (now Lloyds TSB).

The photo shows the grandeur that was given to what was a single-storey building, with ornately decorated stonework and polished stone nearer to ground level. The upper stonework is discoloured with weathering and the building now suffers the indignity of having banners, neon lights and coloured light bulbs attached to it, reflecting its present use as a bar.

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"Old Bank" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "O" posts from around the world please follow this link.


  1. The corner bar seems to have quite a history! Can one drink a beer in the old bank vault?

  2. Old bank to GiGi's bar...now that's a jump!

  3. Who would've thought what used to be an old bank now houses a bar? And with neon lights at that too!

  4. Your old bank has the same structure of our old bank here. It is also located in the corner but ours was converted to a museum. Happy weekend!

    ABC Wednesday~O

  5. You've articulated nicely how I feel about buildings being plastered with banners & flags this way. That's why I am a fan of yours.

  6. weird. Looks JUST like a bank in Albany, NY!

    ROGER, ABC Wednesday team

  7. maybe all banks should be turned into bars,may get our money back.

  8. A rather tawdry look to an elegant building - nice shot!

  9. Refinished these doors 55 years ago.English Quartered Oak if I remember rightly.
    It's a shame that subsequent tenants have only taste in their mouths.Painted?
    Kum onn.

  10. What a coincidence, Jaywit, you obviously took pride in your work if you can recall the wood too. Such a shame to see it like that, Ashton has some beautiful architecture. I honestly don't remember the County Bank and I must have passed it a million times. It says Stamford House over the door.


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