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A magnificent Victorian Gothic Portlandstone entranceway
the arched aperture with registers of framing mouldings raised on granite pilasters flanked by a pair of "Romayne" portrait heads carved in full relief and twin square section turrets with spired roofs, the triangular pediment carved with an armorial shield flanked by animalia,
This grand doorcase centred the flank of the wedge shaped building that stood in the triangle formed by Victoria St and Poultry. It overlooked notable neighbours : The Mansion House and The Bank of England. Demolished to make way for James Stirling's stripy building of 1997.
John Maddison of The Victorian Society: "J&J Belcher's joyfully Gothic Mappin & Webb building, marching in amoung the great classical monuments at the head of an army of variously dressed Victorian mercenaries, points up the scale and grandeur of public buildings, lending historical depth to their content in a way that is the quintessence of the City's traditional architectural character"