Merchants' Bank (now Merchant Hotel)
Belfast, Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Text and Photograph by Philip V. Allingham 2006.
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The ironwork outside the Ulster Merchants' Bank (designed by the then-young James Hamilton, a Glasgow architect, and cast in that Scottish city by ironmaster Laidlaw) is some of the finest surviving in Belfast, elaborate as lace. The motif of the four greyhounds on the lampstandard (sprouting a pair of wings, and a pair of serpents) is of particular significance locally.