Savings Bank, St Helen’s Square, York, by J. P. Pritchett, seen from outside St Helen’s church.

In 1829-30, the firm then known as Watson, Pritchett and Watson, designed the York County Savings Bank, St Helen’s Square. The bank was extended to the north, that is, into Blake Street, on the right of this recent photograph, in 1924. The original part of the building seems to be symmetrical about the corner, as can be seen from the change in colour of the stone at the top. One of the three in ‘an exceptionally good group of three ashlar buildings’, it is considered ‘the best’. It is in Huddersfield sandstone, with a rusticated ground floor and Corinthian columns above; the interior also meets with approval (Pevsner and Neave 197, 230). It is no longer a bank.

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Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

Created 4 June 2022