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New Court estate: photographs

Photographs of the exterior and interior of the various New Court buildings, including images of the demolition and construction of 'New Court' buildings. Included in this section is audio-visual material relating to New Court.

For photographs of New Court staff, and the New Court Partners at New Court see Staff Department: photographs. A  small collection of photographs of New Court staff, c.1914 and a very early photograph of clerks and porters outside New Court, c.1880, with a key to the persons depicted will be also be found in file 1/217 in the Secretary's Department, Correspondence Files, 1 series.

The first New Court (c.1809-1868): photographs

New Court, photographs: the first New Court and St. Swithin's Lane, c.1860

000/289/1/1-5, 5 items

Early mounted photographs of the frst New Court and St. Swithin's Lane. c.1980

  • The first New Court, the gateway and buildings east side of the courtyard, c.1860;
  • The first New Court, no caption, c.1860;
  • The first New Court, part of the east front, from St Swithin’s Lane, c.1860;
  • The first New Court, St Swithin’s Lane, looking south, entrance gateway and buildings, c.1860;
  • The first New Court, no caption, c.1860.

The second New Court (1868-1962): photographs

New Court, photographs: the second New Court, views across the courtyard, c.1927

000/289/2/1-3, 000/545, 4 items

Views of the second New Court:

  • photograph of New Court courtyard, 1927 [framed];
  • 000/289/3/2 photograph of New Court courtyard, 1927 [unframed image same as above];
  • photograph of New Court courtyard, 1927
  • mounted black and white photographic print of an illustration by Sydney R. Jones of the second New Court, showing the view across the courtyard towards the entrance onto St Swithin's Lane, c.1927.

New Court, photographs: the second New Court from [the site of] Chetwynd House, c.1946

000/289/4, 1 item

Photograph taken by Frank Reed, ex-NMR, of the facade of New Court shortly after the Second World War. The photograph was taken from the site of the former Chetwynd House, then a bomb site.

New Court, photographs: the second New Court, the General Office, 1949

000/289/5, 1 item

Framed photographs of the General Office, the second New Court. 1949 [two photographs in one frame].

New Court, photographs: the second New Court, St. Swithin's Lane, 1960

000/256, 2 items

Photograph and negative of St. Swithin’s Lane, looking towards Cannon Street, 1960.

New Court, photographs: the second New Court, sundry photographs from the Secretary's Department, c.1955-1965

000/207/1-136, 000/896/1-28, 166 items

A large collection of photographs, contact sheets and other prints of the interior and exterior of the second New Court transferred from the Secretary's Department.  Some photographs would appear to have been taken for the commemorative album produced at the request of the Partners to mark the demolition of the second New Court in 1962 (see 000/208, 000/670 and 000/1249). Others are copies of photographs commissioned by NMR or taken by various publications for articles and features published in UK and overseas papers and magazines, including the article 'Inside the House of Rothschild', Achievement magazine, October 1962 (a copy will be found in 000/1018/245). There are duplicate copies of some images.

The images include views of:

  • meeting rooms
  • conference rooms
  • dining rooms
  • the General Office
  • the Dividend Office
  • the Managers' Office
  • the Managers' Dining Room
  • the General Manager's Office
  • the Partners' Room
  • the Partners in the Partners' Room
  • the Partners' Dining Room
  • the Partners' Waiting Room
  • the Front Hall
  • the main staircase
  • the vitrine
  • the kitchens
  • the strongroom
  • the Courier's box in the courtyard
  • exterior views of the courtyard
  • exterior views of the Partners' entrance
  • exterior views of the rear of the building from St.Stephen's Walbrook
  • exterior views of the entrance arch
  • exterior views looking down St.Swithin's Lane

New Court, photographs: the second New Court, commemorative album, 1962

000/208, 000/670, 000/1249/3, 000/2205/5/2, 000/2736/2, 5 volumes

New Court, photographs: the second New Court, commemorative album, 1962: five identical copies of a commemorative album produced to mark to the rebuilding of New Court 1962-1965. The album, in blue leather in a leather slip-case is entitled Old New Court, 1819-1962. It contains black and white photographs illustrating the New Court buildings 1819-1962. The album was produced in 1962 at the request of the Rothschild Partners to mark the rebuilding of New Court, and serves as a photographic record of the second New Court, and a tribute to past Partners. Several volumes were produced, for each of the Partners and Directors.

The album (000/208) was retained by the NMR Secretary's Department. The album (000/1249/3) was the personal copy of Mr Edmund de Rothschild (1916-2009), and the album (000/2205/5/2) was the personal copy of Mr Leopold de Rothschild (1927-2012). The album (000/670) was gifted to the Archive by Mr Roland Willaims and carries the inscription: "To Roland Williams, The fifth generation of his family to have worked at New Court, this book of photographs of the "old" New Court is inscribed by one of the fifth generation Rothschilds, with all very best wishes, Edmund de Rothschild, April 1968". The album (000/2736/2) was gifted to the Archive from the estate of Mr Michael Bucks, a former Partner at New Court.

The third New Court (1962-2008): photographs

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, photographs from the Secretary's Department, architect's model, c.1962; 1965

000/1036/1-5, 101, 6 items

From a collection of black and white photographs of the third New Court building. The collection includes sundry press photographs of the interior and exterior, sundry photograph agency images, photographs commissioned by the Partners, and photographs from suppliers of fittings and furniture. Some photographs are marked with a photographer's or Press Agency stamp on the reverse, together with an original photograph reference number. These images are believed to have largely come from the NMR Secretary's Department; a few images have been extracted from files in the 58 series, Special Correspondence files of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

Set of black and white photographs of the architect’s model for the third New Court. Stamped on reverse ‘Millar & Harris, 107 Baker Street, W.1.’ [removed from 58/1918], c.1962: photograph of the third New Court. Stamped on reverse ‘Wallace Heaton Ltd.’, 1965.

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, photographs from the Secretary's Department, construction of the third New Court, 1963-1964

000/1036/6-36, 30 items

From a collection of black and white photographs of the third New Court building. The collection includes sundry press photographs of the interior and exterior, sundry photograph agency images, photographs commissioned by the Partners, and photographs from suppliers of fittings and furniture. Some photographs are marked with a photographer's or Press Agency stamp on the reverse, together with an original photograph reference number. These images are believed to have largely come from the NMR Secretary's Department.

Set of black and white photographs recording the construction of the third New Court building, 22 July 1963-1 December 1964. Stamped on reverse ‘Fox Photos Ltd.’

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, photographs from the Secretary's Department, 'Topping Out', 1964

000/1036/37-52, 16 items

From a collection of black and white photographs of the third New Court building. The collection includes sundry press photographs of the interior and exterior, sundry photograph agency images, photographs commissioned by the Partners, and photographs from suppliers of fittings and furniture. Some photographs are marked with a photographer's or Press Agency stamp on the reverse, together with an original photograph reference number. These images are believed to have largely come from the NMR Secretary's Department.

Set of black and white photographs of the ‘Topping Out’ ceremony for the third New Court, showing Mr Edmund de Rothschild and invited guests on the roof of New Court and at the reception after the ceremony. Stamped on reverse ‘Robin Ross Incorporated Photographer’.

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, photographs from the Secretary's Department, photographs by Sandra Lousada, 1965

000/1036/53-56, 4 items

From a collection of black and white photographs of the third New Court building. The collection includes sundry press photographs of the interior and exterior, sundry photograph agency images, photographs commissioned by the Partners, and photographs from suppliers of fittings and furniture. Some photographs are marked with a photographer's or Press Agency stamp on the reverse, together with an original photograph reference number. These images are believed to have largely come from the NMR Secretary's Department; a few images have been extracted from files in the 58 series, Special Correspondence files of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

Set of photographs by Sandra Lousada of exterior views of the third New Court, together with covering letter 9 November 1965.

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, photographs from the Secretary's Department, sundry photographs of interior rooms and fittings, c.1964

000/1036/57-68, 88-96, 103-106, 25 items

From a collection of black and white photographs of the third New Court building. The collection includes sundry press photographs of the interior and exterior, sundry photograph agency images, photographs commissioned by the Partners, and photographs from suppliers of fittings and furniture. Some photographs are marked with a photographer's or Press Agency stamp on the reverse, together with an original photograph reference number. These images are believed to have largely come from the NMR Secretary's Department; a few images have been extracted from files in the 58 series, Special Correspondence files of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

Set of photographs of interiors of offices of the third New Court, including views of:

  • secretary's office
  • conference rooms
  • executive office
  • dining rooms
  • the foyer Banking Counter, in front of the Tapestry;
  • the Gold Fixing Room
  • open plan office
  • foyer and lobby
  • kitchens
  • Mr Edmund de Rothschild’s office 
  • exterior views of the third New Court
  • staircase
  • delivery bay
  • female clerk operating an electronic filing system
  • secretary using a Telex machine
  • male clerk using an IBM System 360 computer
  • computer room

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, photographs from the Secretary's Department, photographs by 'The Obersever', 1964

000/1036/97-100, 4 items

From a collection of black and white photographs of the third New Court building. The collection includes sundry press photographs of the interior and exterior, sundry photograph agency images, photographs commissioned by the Partners, and photographs from suppliers of fittings and furniture. Some photographs are marked with a photographer's or Press Agency stamp on the reverse, together with an original photograph reference number. These images are believed to have largely come from the NMR Secretary's Department.

Set of photographs of the third New Court. Stamped on reverse ‘Copyright, The Observer’, 1964. The images depcict the counter in front of the Tapestry, foyer; the 000/1036/98 (no ref): the Gold Fixing Room; the Hobday portrait in the reception area.

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, photographs from the Secretary's Department, photographs by John McCann, 1965

000/1036/69-87, 102, 20 items

From a collection of black and white photographs of the third New Court building. The collection includes sundry press photographs of the interior and exterior, sundry photograph agency images, photographs commissioned by the Partners, and photographs from suppliers of fittings and furniture. Some photographs are marked with a photographer's or Press Agency stamp on the reverse, together with an original photograph reference number. These images are believed to have largely come from the NMR Secretary's Department; a few images have been extracted from files in the 58 series, Special Correspondence files of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild; a note of the their origin has been retained. 

Set of photographs of exterior of the third New Court.  Most are stamped on reverse ‘John McCann, Incorporated Photographer’(some are not identified but are clearly the work of John McCann), with covering letter 6 August 1965 [removed from 58/1917]. The images depcit

  • steps and main entrance
  • courtyard
  • frontage along St Swithin’s Lane
  • view of upper floors from opposite building
  • rear view of the building from the churchyard of St.Stephen’s Walbrook
  • view of New Court Shield installed in courtyard 
  • foyer, with banking counter, Tapestry and a Rothschild bust

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, sundry photographs of building work, 1984; 1995

000/506, 000/626, 2 files

The third New Court, sundry photographs of building work:

  • photographs of the work carried out to extend the Boardroom, New Court, 1984
  • photographs and negatives relating to the installation of four new cooling towers at New Court, 9 December 1995

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, sundry photographs of interior and exterior, c.1980-2007

000/1036/107-123, 000/2101/1, 1 box, 1 digital folder

The Third New Court: a collection of photographs on interior and exterior views, including a small collection of digital reference photographs of the interior rooms of the third New Court, in 2007, before vacation of the building.

New Court, photographs: the third New Court, demolition of the third New Court, 2008-2009

000/2101/2, 1 digital folder

The Third New Court: a collection of digital photographs of the demolition of the third New Court building, 2008-2009 taken by McGee Group Limited, the contractors undertaking the demolition, including a photograph of the formal hand-over of the empty building for demolition.

The fourth New Court (2008-present): photographs

New Court: photographs, the fourth New Court, construction and building, 2009-2013; 2015; 2019

000/2754/1-192, 192 digital images

New Court: the fourth New Court: digital images of construction and building, etc., including images taken of the new building shortly after occupation, 2009-2012.

  • The fourth New Court, under construction, June 2009;
  • The fourth New Court, Topping Out, April 2010; 
  • The Fourth New Court, view from The Sky Pavilion, November 2010;
  • The fourth New Court, view from The Monument, August 2010;
  • The fourth New Court, December 2011;
  • The fourth New Court, installing the vitrine, level 09, December 2011;
  • The fourth New Court, signage (first version), 2011;
  • The fourth New Court, staff visits to construction site, May 2011;
  • The fourth New Court, view from construction crane, April 2011;
  • The fourth New Court, views from the building, April 2011;
  • The fourth New Court, views of the City from Telegraph Hill, 2011;
  • The furth New Court, interior and exterior, August 2012;
  • The fourth New Court, the New Court shield, 2013;
  • The fourth New Court, view of the Hobday Corridor from St Swithin's Lane, 2013;
  • The fourth New Court, winning photographs taken by Rothschild staff in a 2013 competition for images of the new building, plus a PDF booklet;
  • The fourth New Court, images of the re-development of neighbouring buildings, 1 King William Street and the Bloomberg building, May 2015;
  • The fourth New Court (and the City) from Tower 42 2019.

New Court: photographs, the fourth New Court, photographs commissioned by OMA, 2011-2012

000/2249, 5 items, c.840 digital images

A collection of photographs of the Fourth New Court, in printed booklet and digital form, commissioned by OMA (Office of Metropolitan Architecture) taken c.2011-2012. The documents feature high quality copies of photographs of the Fourth New Court, including many internal views, exterior views, street views and views from New Court.

  • Booklet of photographs of New Court taken by Philipe Ruault, (OMA, 2011);
  • Booklet of photographs of New Court taken by Charlie Koolhaas [son of Rem Koolhaas, the architect of the Fourth New Court], (OMA, 2012);
  • Booklet of photographs of New Court taken by Hans Werleman, (OMA, 2012)
  • Digital copies of the above booklets and the individual images (c.840 images);
  • A5 Press Booklet New Court OMA, (2012), The booklet describes the history of the project to rebuild New Court, and explains OMA's inspiration for the design. The booklet contains many of the photographs commissioned by OMA;
  • Digital copies of the above booklets and the individual images (c.840 images).