Italianate palace of commerce was designed to have independent shops on
either side of the central doorway. The doorway led through to the
banking hall behind. Above the doorway is a lunette containing a rather
grand carving of Neptune and a nereid, both
fish- tailed above the waves, flanking a tablet in which a pair of
predatory looking liver birds are binding fasces (in Roman symbolism
fasces are bundles of rods, sometimes with a protruding axe head,
carried by a lictor or magistrate and representing power and authority).
Below the birds is a banner bearing the legend Vis Unita Fortior, Together We Are Stronger. The Liverpool Union Bank was
taken over by Lloyd's Bank who had a branch almost opposite (on the
corner of Slater Street) which was designed by G.E. Grayson's son G.H.
Grayson together with Leonard Barnish 35 years later.
Alan Maycock © 2008
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