Bradford Old Bank
The current world recession and the crisis which started in the financial sector is nothing new, as I found out on a recent trip away from South Shields to North Yorkshire. Banking collapses and subsequent mergers were rather common many years ago, and while names like Bear Stearns, Freddie Mac, Fanny May, Lehmans, ING, RBS, Lloyds TSB, HBOS, and Northern Rock may have significance now, there were hundreds more at the turn of the last century.
The Bradford Old Bank was one of hundreds swallowed up by Barclays in 1896 including the South Shields bankers Chapman and Spence, and Dale Young and Co. Click here for details. The Bradford Old Bank (1777 – 1907) was one of those involved in the merger, itself having previously taken over Harrison and Co. of Knaresborough who had originally occupied this building on the corner of the Yorkshire town’s Market Place, there a few more former branches of the Bradford Old Bank in Yorkshire, many of them are now pubs, just like this one in Knaresborough.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82 mm lens, 1/250 second, f8, iso 200