Williams & Company (Chester) records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of Williams & Company relating to the foundation, operation of the bank, and its amalgamation with Lloyds Bank, including:

  • Establishment (1869-1895): partnership agreements;
  • Operation (1793-1895): balance sheets, staff records, branch records;
  • Amalgamation (1897-1912): amalgamation agreements and related correspondence;
  • General (1593-1901): private papers of prominent customers, including title deeds.

Administrative / Biographical History

This private bank was established in Chester in 1792. It was also known as Chester Old Bank. Initially it was closely connected with Anglesey’s copper mining industry. It took over the Caernarfon bank, Roberts & Company (est. 1792) in 1796. The firm expanded by opening offices throughout north Wales, eventually becoming one of the largest banks in the area. Branches were opened in Caernarfon (1796), Bangor (1823), Llanfairfechan (1884), Port Dinorwic (1886), Llangefni (1889), Wrexham (1889), Connah's Quay (1889), Hawarden (1890), Penmaenmawr (1891) and Amlwch (1881). The business was acquired by Lloyds Bank in 1897.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Other Finding Aids

Item level catalogue available - please e-mail archives@lloydsbanking.com for further details.

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