Williams, Deacon & Co Ltd

Williams, Deacon & Co Ltd (1771-1890), established in London, was a past constituent of The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Brief history

This private bank was established as Raymond, Williams, Vere, Lowe & Fletcher in Cornhill, City of London, in 1771 and subsequently moved to Birchin Lane nearby. It traded by a number of names. In 1825 the bank stopped payment following the collapse of fellow London bankers Pole, Thornton & Co. It was reformed with new partners the following year, under the name Williams, Deacon, Labouchere & Co.

In 1890 it was taken over by Manchester & Salford Bank Ltd, for which it had acted as London agent since 1836, to form Williams Deacon & Manchester & Salford Bank. The head office of the merged bank was established in Birchin Lane, City of London, in order to retain Williams, Deacon & Co’s membership of the London Clearing House.

Detailed list of name changes

  • Raymond, Williams, Vere, Lowe & Fletcher 1771-1778
  • Lowe, Vere, Williams & Jennings 1778
  • Lowe, Vere & Williams 1778-1785
  • Vere & Williams 1785-1788
  • Vere, Williams, Son, Wilkinson & Drury 1788-1789
  • Williams, Son, Wilkinson & Drury 1790-1791
  • Williams, Son & Drury 1792-1799
  • Williams, Son, Drury & Moffat 1797-1807
  • Williams, Son, Drury, Moffat & Burgess 1808-1809
  • Williams, Son, Moffat & Burgess 1810-1811
  • Williams, Son, Moffat, Burgess & Lane 1812-1814
  • Williams, Williams & Burgess c.1815-1822
  • Williams, Williams, Burgess & Williams c.1822-1825
  • Williams, Deacon, Labouchere & Co 1826-1828
  • Williams, Deacon, Labouchere, Thornton & Co 1828-1863
  • Williams, Deacon, Thornton & Co 1863-1882
  • Williams, Deacon & Co from 1882-1890

Published history

  • Williams Deacon’s, 1771-1970 (Manchester: privately published by Williams & Glyn’s Bank Ltd, 1971)

Summary of our archive holdings

Our archival records of Williams, Deacon & Co have the reference code WC.

For help understanding words used here, check our glossary of banking record types (PDF 24KB).

Partnership/corporate records

  • private letterbooks 1832-1890
  • notebook of names 1855
  • certificates re incorporation, change of name, etc. 1871-1890

Financial records

  • quarterly profit and loss accounts 1826-1838
  • private ledgers 1840-55, 1877-1890
  • monthly journals 1873-1890

Legal records

  • solicitors' bills of charges 1816-1820, 1868-1881

Customer records

  • papers of the trustees of the estate of Alexander Bartlet & Co, West Indian merchants, 1771-1815: source overview (PDF 27KB)
  • signature books 1824-1837, 1848-1890
  • papers re customer advances 1824-1857
  • opinion book 1825-1859
  • information book on country bank accounts 1826-1858
  • correspondence re payment of postal orders 1881-1890

Staff records

  • London office salary book 1828-1890
  • staff fidelity bonds and guarantee agreements 1836-1890
  • staff books 1853-1890
  • staff list c.1880

Property records

  • title deeds, Birchin Lane premises 1771-1827

Note issue records

  • banknotes 1845

Summary of archive holdings elsewhere