A bank that was once where Great Expectation’s author Charles Dickens brought his savings is now up for sale as a beautiful period home in Clerkenwell. Arranged over four floors, the former bank is lit by large period windows highlighting the stunning classical details. The Bank is one of Clerkenwell’s most prestigious and attractive properties, designed in 1816 by the English architect and student of Sir John Soane, Alfred Bartholomew. Grade II-listed, and designed in the manner of a ‘Renaissance Palazzo’ with arched windows and Corinthian columns, it sits within one of Clerkenwell’s prettiest and quietest streets.
The house has been stylishly furnished to complement the building’s classical features, some of which have remained unchanged in over two centuries. It domed windows, ornate plasterwork, a grand curved staircase, antique cast iron radiators, stone or maple floors throughout and period marble chimney pieces.
The Bank, Sekforde Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R
Guide Price: £8m
Savills; 020 7226 1313; savills.co.uk