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Historic site, The Nat West Bank

The National Westminster Bank, Bristol


Photograph of Historic site, The National Westminster Bank, Corn Street.A plaque on the wall commemorates The Old Bank, originally set up in nearby Broad Street in 1750.This was one of the banks that eventually merged into the National Westminster Bank. In the late 18th century The Old Bank moved to what is now the Wig and Pen pub. All but one of the bank’s founders were traders to Africa, including Merchant Venturer Isaac Elton.This demonstrates the connection between Bristol’s slave trade and the development of the banking system.

With thanks to the authors of the Slave Trade Trail around Central Bristol, Madge Dresser, Caletta Jordan, Doreen Taylor.

Creator: David Emeney

Date: 2003

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

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