Birmingham Joint-Stock Bank records

Scope and Content

Records of Birmingham Joint-Stock Bank relating to its establishment and operation, and its amalgamation with Lloyds, including:

  • Establishment (1861-1882): prospectus and articles of association;
  • Operation (1861-1889): annual reports, shareholders’ registers, minute books, bank premises records, staff records;
  • Amalgamation (1889-1895): correspondence, deed of transfer of assets;
  • General (1871-1898): press cuttings, records relating to properties other than bank premises.

Administrative / Biographical History


This joint stock-bank was established in 1861 and opened for business at the beginning of 1862.


Under the direction of Joseph Beattie, the company quickly emerged as a leading Birmingham bank and strong local rival to Lloyds. Three branches were established in Birmingham at Temple Row (1861), New Street (1865) and Great Hampton Street (1874). The New Street branch was formerly the premises of Attwood, Spooner & Co. (est. 1791), which Birmingham Joint-Stock Bank took over in 1865.


In 1889, the business was acquired by Lloyds, Barnetts & Bosanquets Bank Ltd (which became Lloyds Bank the same year).

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