South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Odd tops No. 5

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Lloyds TSB, King Street, South Shields


Here’s our next and rather glorious “odd top” in South Shields, a piece of architectural grandeur in King Street that could easily pass for a town hall, a court room, or a mansion house. Built in 1908 judging by the Roman numerals etched above it’s perpendicular columns, this building now houses a branch of Lloyds TSB bank, not knowing it’s history it may well have been banking premises from the day it was built.

As an example of Edwardian public building it stands as one of the finest in our town centre.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 64mm lens, 1/180 second, f8.0, iso 200


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Written by curly

April 19, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Buildings, Colour, History, South Shields

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  1. Wow Curly, for a second there I thought this was a photograph of Grainger Town in Newcastle or further afield. But no, another glorious Shields odd top. Superb shot.

    I’ve glimpsed at several old images of the West end of King Street taken from the Market Place and if I recall, the building originally had a pitched roof? I would assume that it was purposely built as a bank given the grandeur. This with the other town centre banks (such as NatWest and Barclays on King Street, Lloyds TSB on Barrington Street and HSBC/the old Midland Bank on Fowler Street, to name but a few) reflect the wealth of the area’s industrial past, and are architectural treasures that ought to be appreciated and preserved for many more years to come…

    Another notable building opposite this bank is the Woolworths building.

    Curly, these shots of the odd tops are some of my favourites if yours – please can we have some more?!

    S Wilson

    April 19, 2008 at 1:11 am

  2. Great detail on this fine building.

    Rambling Round

    April 19, 2008 at 3:01 am

  3. Love the pink colour.
    Sydney Daily Photo Turns 2 today!


    April 19, 2008 at 4:45 am

  4. Sorry to be my usual pedantic self, but I translate the Roman numerals as 1913 not 1908. Great picture, all the same.


    April 20, 2008 at 10:41 pm

  5. Yes, quite correct Trigger it is 1913.


    April 20, 2008 at 11:31 pm

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