Opened as a bank branch in 1897, the building was later occupied by the National Provincial Bank, then the Bristol and West Building Society and now the Britannia Building Society. Lloyds Bank expanded through a series of mergers, including the Capital and Counties Bank in 1918.
“The erection of this building is now being proceeded with. The site is a peculiar one, and one of the most important in the town, at the junction of High-street and Princes-street. The building is of Ham stone, and consists of the bank itself on the ground-floor with strong-room in basement, ‘rhe upper floors are devoted to a manager’s residence. The desks, partitions, and fittings of the bank are of oak. Fireproof floors and partitions are to be used, and the bank is to be heated by hot water. Messrs. Bartlett and Son, of Yeovil, are the contractors. The architect is Mr. J. Nicholson Johnston, A.R.I.B.A.” Published in The Building News, May 20 1898.