Attwood, Spooner & Company records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of Attwood, Spooner & Company relating to the establishment and operation of the private firm, including:

  • Establishment (1853): heads of partnership agreement;
  • Operation (1813-1876): private ledgers, bank premises records;
  • General (1615-1866): family papers, estate papers, records relating to properties other than bank premises.

Administrative / Biographical History


Isaac Spooner, James Matthias, Aaron Attwood and Thomas Aynsworth formed this private bank in 1791 in Birmingham.


It soon became the largest private bank in Birmingham. Its customer base was made up largely by farmers and manufacturers.


In March 1865 the business failed, allegedly due to large withdrawals by the Attwood family. At this time the bank had provisionally agreed to merge with the Birmingham Joint-Stock Bank (est. 1861). However, following the collapse, only Attwoods' premises in New Street were acquired.

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