New listed structure

The former Carlisle and Cumberland Bank and bank manager's house in Alston is now incorporated in the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic England recommended the structure for inclusion.

View the List entry and map on the National Heritage List for England (entry number 1481494).

The building is also located within Alston Conservation Area.

The building, of 1898, is now listed at grade II for the following principal reasons.

Architectural interest

  • A good example of a late-Victorian purpose-built bank and bank manager's house, designed in a Tudorbethan style and imparting a distinctive architectural character.
  • the ostentatious front elevation is carefully composed with a projecting entrance embellished with Corinthian columns and stained glass, to create an eye-catching street presence.
  • it is constructed of good-quality red sandstone with carefully crafted detailing and relief-carved embellishments, including pediments, gables and window dressings.
  • it has good interior survival including banking hall, manager’s office and strong room, and there is a good range of original fittings to the bank manager's house.

Historic interest

  • It was designed to impress the small market town of Alston and is a late expression of the investment and aspiration brought to the town through industry.

Read about designation and the listing process on Historic England's website.

Last updated: Friday, 14 April, 2023.