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Halifax Equitable Building Society

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of Bank Buildings, Halifax

1871 the Halifax Equitable Benefit Building Society was founded after two societies were already well-established in the town. Even so, it did brisk business from the start. Its founding committee was made up of local businessmen.

1877 The society moved to George Street

1898 Moved to a purpose-built head office at Silver Street.

1900 The Equitable was the first building society to move into the banking sector. It opened the Equitable Bank Limited on 1st January 1900.

By 1921, 40 of its 55 branches were still within a 12 mile radius of Halifax.

1927 Equitable Bank amalgamated with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins.

1928 The directors of the Halifax Equitable and the Halifax Permanent Benefit Building Societies decided to merge. The new company, five times larger than its nearest rival, was known as the Halifax Building Society.

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  • Lloyds history [1]