The OPs OP seems to reveal that a fair amount of Masonic forethought did
go in to the design of this Lloyd's bank.
Please know that I am not a Mason-basher, and only really have a deep love for all of the symbolism and folklore and history. That said, if what I
scratched the surface on has not been brought up, our Masons might find this really interesting.
Lloyd's bank is
connected, at least symbolically, to Freemasonry, at the very least by the shared use of the symbol of the Honeybee. Or just,
The Bee and Beehive.
The symbol adopted by Taylors and Lloyds was the beehive, representing industry and hard work.
And, of course, the Beehive is a symbol of Freemasonry...
A Bee hath in all Ages and Nations, been the Grand Hieroglyphick of Masonry, because it excels all other living Creatures in the Contrivance and
Commodiousness of its Habitation or Combe; as among miany other authors Doctor MacGregor now Professor of ’Mathematicks in Cambridge (as our
Guardian informeth us) hath learnedly demonstrated; nay Masonry or Building, seemeth to, be of the very Essence or Nature of the Bee, for her building
not the ordinary way of all living Creatures is the generative Cause which produceth the young...
There is something about the way that they contained the lodge within this new building that makes me think of beehives.
I did not expect this little inquiry of mine to take such a hard semiotic turn like that.
I think that it is also interesting that Lloyd's is set to take their original name back this year, in 2013, the erection of this sort of
'enshrined' hive must be significant in that they are celebrating their history.
In 2009, following the acquisition of HBOS, Lloyds TSB Group was renamed Lloyds Banking Group and in 2010 it was announced that the Group's principal
subsidiary, Lloyds TSB Bank, will transition back to the Lloyds Bank name by 2013.
This is all wonderfully interesting to me, I am so glad that they preserved the building in this fashion. Alot of American history could be preserved
beautifully in this way. I hope the architects are paying attention.