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1744 The bank was established by Samuel Alexander in Needham Market in Suffolk. Alexander was a Quaker merchant with interests in the iron and corn trade. His faith undoubtedly played an important part in winning the trust of his customers; it also meant that he had access to the Friends' business network, so was able to call upon the Barclays to act as his London agent.
1896 Gurneys, Alexanders and Co of Ipswich became part of Barclay and Co Ltd