Nailsea Natwest turns 100

STAFF and customers at a Nailsea bank have been taking a nostalgic look back at old coins and photos from the 1930s after the branch reached a major milestone.

Birthday cake and a cheese and wine evening also featured in the 100th anniversary celebrations of NatWest, in the high street.

Manager Andrew Drage said: “We are proud of our close association with the town and look forward to celebrating this occasion with our customers, as well as continuing to provide a high quality service to the local community.”

The branch first opened as a sub-branch of Parr’s Bank Ltd in 1912, in rented premises at 2 High Street.

It was initially only open on Tuesdays but as business grew opening hours were extended, and later bosses identified the commuter town as a suitable place to open a new office.

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In 1918 Parr’s merged with London, County & Westminster Bank, later shortened to Westminster Bank and moved to larger premises in the same street.

Westminster and National Provincial banks merged in 1968, becoming National Westminster.

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Upgraded to a full branch, Nailsea moved to larger premises at 21a Somerset Square in 1977, where it still trades today.

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