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Sparkes & Co

Sparkes & Co (c.1806-29), established in Crewkerne, was a past constituent of NatWest.


Brief history

This private bank was established in Crewkerne in around 1806 by Samuel Sparkes and Mr Gildey, linen and worsted manufacturers, as Sparkes & Gildey. It was also known as Crewkerne & South Petterton Bank. The bank issued its own banknotes and was known as Sparkes & Co by 1810 and Samuel Sparkes & Isaac Sparkes & Co by 1829. The bank had a branch in Chard from around 1823 to 1829.

Sparkes & Co suspended payment in 1829, due to speculation in the local lace and sail cloth trades, and was acquired by Stuckey's Banking Co of Langport.


Published history

  • PT Saunders, Stuckey’s Bank (Taunton: Barnicott & Pearce, 1928)


Summary of our archive holdings

Our archival records of Sparkes & Co have the reference code STW.

  • banknote 1815


Summary of archive holdings elsewhere

Cornwall Record Office: Customer receipt 1823 (Ref: X603/64)

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