England - London - Cornhill Exchange inscription.
We are looking up from below at a Latin inscription describing the era of Elizabethan rule, a classic neo-Romanesque architecture of the Royal Exchange building in the City Of London, the financial district, otherwise known as the Square Mile. At the top of Doric and Ionic columns with their ornate stonework, powerfully strong lintels cross, bearing the load of fine artistry and carvings which feature the design by Sir William Tite in 1842-1844 and opened in 1844 by Queen Victoria whose name is written in Latin (Victoriae R). It's the third building of the kind erected on the same site. The first Exchange erected in 1564-70 by sir Thomas Gresham but was destroyed in the great fire of 1666. It's successor, by Jarman, was also burned down in 1838. The present building is grade 1 listed and cost about £150,000.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download