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British Industrial History

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Abbey National

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May 1945.
Jan 1947.
Jan 1947.

of Abbey House, Baker St, London, N.W.1. and National House, Moorgate, London, E.C.2.

1944 Abbey National Building Society formed by the merger of Abbey Road Building Society and National Building Society

1945 Joint Managing Directors were Sir Harold Bellman, and Bruce Wycherley.[1]

1989 First building society to demutualise; incorporated and listed as a public company.

Several mergers and acquisitions followed demutualisation

2004 Acquired by Banco Santander

2008 Acquired Bradford and Bingley

2009 Acquired Alliance and Leicester

2010 Rebranded as Santander UK

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1945 advert
  • Abbey National history [1]