Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society records

Scope and Content

Includes the operational records of Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society. Also includes the records of the following societies:

  • Bedford Crown Building Society
  • Bedford Building Society
  • Bolton Building Society
  • Bury St Edmunds Mutual Benefit Building Society
  • Bury St Edmunds Building Society
  • Cardiff Building Society
  • Clacton Building Society
  • Coalville Permanent Building Society
  • Colchester Building Society
  • Colchester Permanent Building Society
  • Cotswalds Building Society
  • Essex Equitable Building Society
  • Freehold & Leasehold Building Society
  • Guardian Building Society
  • Homestead Building Society
  • Kidderminster Building Society
  • London Permanent Building Society
  • Mid-Sussex Building Society
  • North London Building Society
  • Oxford Building Society
  • Peckham Building Society
  • Portsmouth Building Society
  • Productive Building Society
  • Professional & Commercial Benefit Building Society
  • Rowland Hill Building Society
  • Rowley Regis Building Society
  • Rugby Building Society
  • Rugby & Warwick Building Society
  • Smethwick Building Society
  • South Manchester Building Society
  • Surrey Building Society
  • Sydenham Building Society
  • Tewkesbury Building Society
  • Walsall Permanent Building Society
  • Waltham Abbey Building Society
  • Walthamstow Building Society
  • Warwick & Warwickshire Building Society
  • Cheltenham & East Gloucester Building Society

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society was founded in 1850 as a permanent building society. It was originally a strictly charitable organization and strongly linked to the Temperance Movement. C&G operated only five branches in its first hundred years of operation; it would open, through a mixture of expansion and mergers, 182 branches by 1990. The expansion helped place C&G in the top twenty business societies for most of the 20th century. C&G is known for having stayed open during the First World War when many other building societies and banks suspended business and for launching the Cheltenham Gold Account in 1981 which helped push C&G's assets past £1 billion. C&G was bought by Lloyds Banking Group in 1995 when it was the 6th larges building society in the UK.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is by appointment only, and at the discretion of the Archivist. Please e-mail archives@lloydsbanking.com for further information.