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HSBC (Hexham)

HSBC, Fore Street, Hexham, Northumberland, 2016 • Curious 1896 Italianate bank by George Dale Oliver, then county architect for Cumberland. The ornate red sandstone frieze (artist unknown) shows 16 putti holding swags in front of coins, including sovereigns, shillings and pennies (no bitcoins, though). It once bore the inscription ‘The London and Midland Bank’, which probably looked better than the plasticky HSBC now tacked on.

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