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About the Bank

Founded in 1694, the Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as the ‘Old Lady’ of Threadneedle Street, the Bank’s mission is to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

 

​What we do​

From producing secure bank notes and keeping inflation low and stable, to supervising banks and insurers and safeguarding the stability of the financial system, learn more about what the Bank does…more

​Who we are

The Bank of England is a diverse organisation made up of roughly 3600 dedicated public servants. Find out more about who we are…more

​How we are governed

Nationalised in 1946, the Bank is a corporation wholly owned by the UK government. Overseen by a board of directors known as Court, the Bank is accountable to both Parliament and the public. Find out more about how we are governed…more

​Our history

The Bank’s history runs parallel to the economic and financial history of the United Kingdom. Events and circumstances over the past 300 years have shaped the role and responsibilities of the modern-day Bank. Find out more about our history…more