No 13. Wakefield and Barnsley Union Bank

Wakefield Civic Society

an organisation dedicated to making Wakefield a better place in which to live, work or relax.

Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield

No 13. Wakefield and Barnsley Union Bank

This magnificent building was designed by H F Lockwood in 1877-8 for the Wakefield and Barnsley Union Bank which moved here from its more modest premises just lower down Westgate. The bank later merged with Barclay’s and the building became home to the ill-fated Wakefield Building Society. In the 1970s the shock discovery was made that the present and previous general managers had, over many years, embezzled a fortune. The Society merged immediately with the Halifax Building Society.


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Wakefield and Barnsley Union Bank
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