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ArtistMaker: LANE and LEWIS
TitleOfWork: 'Mercury'
DescriptionOfPhoto: view of dome and sculpture
DateOfCreation: 1856
Medium: bronze
Location: On top of the dome above HSBC, 1 High Street
AtoZReference: p.32 6D
Postcode: DN1 1EE
Street: Baxtergate and High Street
TownOrVillage: Doncaster
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Doncaster
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: d025a
Description: The figure is identical to one in Sheffield's High Street, which is sited on top of the Bradford and Bingley Offices.
Listed Building Grade II

Commission: York City and County Bank. (Messrs.Demaine and Brierley of York were the architects; Messrs. Anelay and Sons of Doncaster, the builders). Cost of building was 10,000. Plans for the building are held at the Doncaster Archives however they have no information on the statues. Beside the bank, the building also incorporated offices on High Street for a stockbroker, R.E.Clark, who had previously occupied a building on the site, and a shop on Baxtergate, which was subsequently used by the Home and Colonial Tea Co. [1]

Comment: Mercury was the god of trade, as well as being the messenger of the gods.
In 1912 the bank amalgamated with the London Joint Stock Bank and in 1921 a further amalgamation created the London Joint City and Midland Bank, which soon became the Midland Bank. In the late 1990's this was taken over and became the HSBC.

References: [1] e-mail from Helen Wallder at Doncaster Local Studies Library. 17th January 2003.

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