Inactive banks

This guide was last updated in 2009

If the bank is no longer trading and has not been amalgamated into another bank, its records are likely to be deposited in the relevant local or county archive.

The websites listed in the previous step are again the best starting point in your search. Once again, when you have selected the relevant archive it is important to make contact in advance to book a seat, find out what you need to bring and, if necessary, to discuss with the archivist the material available and how it might further your research.

If you are in doubt as to what happened to your ancestor’s bank, the Bankers Almanac is a useful tool. Published annually since 1745, it lists British private and joint stock banks

Later editions include lists of banks that have merged or collapsed since 1700 so you can discover what happened to your ancestor’s bank and therefore where the records are likely to be held. You may find a copy in your local reference library.


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