The Bank of England branch banks were first established in 1826 as a response to the financial crisis of 1825-26, which involved the failure of many country and provincial banks. One of the main reasons the decision was taken to establish branch banks was to enable the Bank to take further control of the paper note circulation in order to prevent another crisis.
In 1996 the five remaining branches at Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol were closed and the branches were replaced by a network of 12 agencies.
In this gallery you can see a selection of the Branch Banks. Click on the images to find out more information.