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Bank stockholders at the time of nationalisation

Subject/Request Details: Bank stockholders at the time of nationalisation
Date Released: 10 February 2011
The Bank does not hold a list of the holders of Bank stock as at 1 March 1946 ('the appointed day' as referred to in the Bank of England Act 1946, a copy of which can be viewed on our website at
The Bank does, however, hold a list of those stock holders who were eligible to vote as at 28 February 1946.  This does not comprise a full list of stockholders on that date. To be defined as an "eligible voter", the Bank stockholding had to be in excess of £500 and had to have appeared on the register for at least six months.  In the case of joint stockholdings, one of the stock holders was nominated to vote, and therefore, the list held by the Bank only provides details of the nominated voting stockholder.
The above record is open to view in the Bank's Archive.  All visits to the Archive are by appointment only and can be booked by emailing or by telephoning 020 7601 4810/5096/4889.