Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59158 65407
259158, 665407


J T Rochead, 1867-70. Italian Renaissance bank and office

building 3-storey and basement palazzo, 9-bays to St

Vincent Place, 7 to George Square, 3-bays to No 2 Anchor

Lane with 4 more bays in much reduced detail to No 4

Anchor Lane, the latter with attic storey. Sculpture by

William Mossman. Massive atlantes doorpiece with Bank of

Scotland crest above flanked by symbolic figures; shell-

headed door piece and flanking pilastered shell-headed

windows divided by pilaster strips of banded vermiculation to

ground floor, consoled segmental shell pediments to 1st floor

with balustraded balconies, architraves to 2nd; guilloched

2nd floor cill course, cornice with tripled brackets, balustrade

and dies (formerly with urns). Modern plate glass glazing;

moulded coping to stacks.

INTERIOR: Banking Hall of 3 x 3 bays square, with Corinthian

columns dividing panelled areas and supporting modillioned

frieze and semi-circular panels with masqued keystones and

caryatid in spandrels supporting, flat trabeated ceiling with hemispherical glazed and chequered dome; decorative plasterwork; original consoled panelled counter. Vestibule with inlaid

marble floor, balustrade and open pedimented and consoled

doorpieces. Some internal work by Andrew Balfour.

Statement of Special Interest

Rochead set the pattern for the composition of the W range

of George Square by this Barryesque palazzo design, followed

by Sellars and by John Burnet to the N, with variations. The

doorpiece was carved in the manner of David Bryce's Western

Bank, Edinburgh, and the attenuated cornice brackets reflect

David Hamilton's Western Club.




and Walker 1987, p.157. Further information courtesy of David

Walker. APSD

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to 2 ST VINCENT PLACE AND 2 AND 4 ANCHOR LANE

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 24/02/2019 00:47