Bank of London
Bank of London's Threadneedle Street banking hall in the 1890s, after the bank had been taken over by Consolidated Bank © RBS 2016
Bank of London (1855-1866) was a past constituent of NatWest.
This joint stock bank was established in London in 1855 with a paid-up capital of £400,000. The bank had offices in Threadneedle Street and West Strand. In 1866 the bank experienced serious difficulties, in part caused by default on a large customer loan. The bank was acquired by Consolidated Bank in 1866. Errors were subsequently discovered in Bank of London’s balance sheet, forcing Consolidated Bank temporarily to stop payment.
- LH Grindon, Manchester Banks and Bankers (Manchester: Palmer & Howe, 1878)
- FG Hilton Price, A Handbook of London Bankers (London: Chatto & Windus, 1876)
Summary of our archive holdings
Our archival records of Bank of London have the reference code BLO.
For help understanding words used here, check our glossary of banking record types.
- engraving of banking hall 1855
- staff rule book 1865
- cheque 1866
- draft liquidation agreement 1867
- amalgamation agreement 1866