The Victorian terracotta relief of the Spirit of Banking on the facade of Barclays in Wimbledon High Street has suddenly become topical, even satyrical. It shows Lady Banking holding a tray full of money in her lap. A cherubic saver is emptying his purse into it, and she is gaily dropping coins into the wee money bag of an angelic entrepreneur. So very different from the methods of today's corporate bandits.
Unfortunately, the man who made the mould got the first N in BANKING round the wrong way, an easy thing to do when you are working back-to-front, and presumably when the mistake was noticed it was felt it was not worth the expense of making a new one.