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Photo-a-day 20: Bank of England


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This post was published more than 6 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 6 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...


This sad-looking Brutalist monolith is the former Newcastle-upon-Tyne branch of the Bank of England. It opened in 1971, and closed in 1997 when the Bank restructured.

It is to be demolished shortly, but – interestingly – the former gold bullion vaults underneath it are too strong to viably demolish, and so are to be left in place.

I would have thought that vaults of such strength would be enormously valuable to someone for something – even repurposed as a strong-walled emergency command centre or similar – but there they are, lying empty. And, it seems, there they will stay for many years to come!

This 1,490th post was filed under: Photo-a-day 2012, , , .

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