The White Lion Hotel, said by Timothy Carder to have originated in the 16th century, was rebuilt several times in its life, the last in 1900. The entrance to the hotel can be seen in Queens Road. The entrance on the corner led at one time to a public house and later to a bank. In 1958 it was a branch of Barclays. A modest 'Boots the Chemist' occupied a shop a few doors down North Street.
Barclays Bank went down North Street to the 1960's building it still occupies. This was built in portland stone in imposing classical style. No doubt this was intended to inspire confidence; somewhat ironical in view of recent banking scandals.