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When Crich had a Bank

Sadly the local branch of the NatWest Bank closed its doors to the people of Crich and surrounds in 1990. There had been a bank in the village since 1882. These photographs were taken in November 1982 to celebrate the centenary.

Thumbnail of Horses and carriage outside NatWest Bank Thumbnail of people outside NatWest Bank Thumbnail of Horses and carriage on the Common

In 1968 National Provincial Bank and Westminster Bank, merged as National Westminster Bank. Together these banks could trace their history back down the centuries through a lineage of prestigious constituents, dating back to the 1650's.

NatWest can trace its roots back to 1650 with the founding of Smiths of Nottingham. The creation of the National Westminster Bank was first announced in 1968 upon the merger of National Provincial Bank and Westminster Bank. Following the merger, the bank's famous three chevron logo was launched (said to symbolise the National Provincial, the Westminster and the District Bank.

Photographs by Len Hibbitt, courtesy of Rene Hibbitt.