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National Provincial Bank

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1918 National Provincial Bank of England merged with the important Union of London and Smiths Bank Ltd, which had over 230 branches, and was restyled National Provincial and Union Bank of England Ltd. The new bank had over 700 branches

1918 Acquired W. and J. Biggerstaffe of London, and Bradford District Bank Ltd

1919 Acquired Sheffield Banking Co Ltd

1920 Acquired the important London private bank of Coutts and Co which continued to trade under its own name.

1920 Acquired Northamptonshire Union Bank Ltd, Richards and Co of Llangollen, Shilson, Coode and Co of St Austell

1922 Acquired Dingley and Co of Launceston, Dingley, Pearse and Co of Okehampton

1924 Acquired Guernsey Banking Co Ltd of the Channel Islands. The bank’s name was shortened to National Provincial Bank Ltd.

1934 See National Provincial Bank: 1934 Review

It continued to expand its branch network between the wars and after 1945.

1954 National Provincial Bank sold its holding in Lloyds and National Provincial Foreign Bank Ltd.

1958 Acquired North Central Wagon and Finance Co Ltd of Rotherham, a leasing and hire purchase company

1961 Acquired Isle of Man Bank Ltd

1962 Acquired District Bank Ltd, an important regional bank which continued to trade under its own name

1965 A merchant banking subsidiary, County Bank Ltd, was formed.

1968 the bank announced its merger with Westminster Bank, but it continued to trade under its own name until vesting day of National Westminster Bank in 1970.





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