Bank of Whitehaven Ltd

Bank of Whitehaven (1837-1916) was a past constituent of NatWest.

Brief history

This joint stock bank was established in Whitehaven in 1837. Later in 1837 it acquired the private bank of Hartleys & Co, also of Whitehaven. From the outset the bank issued its own notes.

The bank assumed limited liability in 1866, becoming Bank of Whitehaven Ltd. It was acquired by Manchester & Liverpool District Banking Co in 1916.

Branches: The bank opened 9 branches and sub-branches between 1837 and 1916. At the time of its acquisition in 1916, 5 branches and 4 sub-branches were operating.

Summary of our archive holdings

Our archival records of Bank of Whitehaven have the reference code BWH.

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Corporate records

  • directors’ and general meeting minutes 1838-1910
  • deed of settlement 1859
  • deed of regulations 1866
  • circular re capital increase 1866
  • shareholder registers 1866-1903
  • share transfer registers 1866-1916
  • annual general meeting minutes 1867-1916
  • dividend registers 1870-1915
  • annual summary of shareholder books 1883-1897
  • half-yearly reports 1899-1911
  • register of directors and managers 1901-1908
  • register of members c.1906-1916
  • dividend warrant 1915
  • amalgamation papers 1915-1927
  • share certificate form n.d.

Financial records

  • monthly balance sheet books 1871-1915
  • half-yearly summaries of promissory notes and bills in circulation 1873-1919
  • general ledger 1884-1894

Customer records

  • deposit receipt 1868
  • loans ledger, railway securities 1872-1911
  • London drafts book 1915-1916

Staff records

  • salary book 1865-1917
  • letter re clerk appointment 1914

Property records

  • branch title deed 1906
  • branch insurance policy 1909
  • branch architectural drawing 1910

Note issue records

  • banknote registers 1864-1927
  • banknotes 1903-1910
  • banker’s licence 1911