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W0930 – "Peoples Bank" – 1909

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Formed in London in 1907, Farrow’s Bank was the first to pay interest on deposit accounts. In December 1920 “Payments Suspended” was posted on all branch doors; thousands of ordinary people lost every penny. Amidst public outcry the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Chamberlain, was asked if the Government was aware of the disaster? "Yes", was his reply; they had been aware of its imminence for some little time.
Nationwide Building Society


How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
A long time. We came to Lewes because it’s a great community and wanted to assist people in any way we could.

Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
People have really been appreciating that they are able to ask us questions face to face rather than be on a call or email chain.

What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
There’s been so many! I think my favourite is the first time we saw everybody a little after the restrictions were eased, it was lovely to see people interacting and being able to see their families again!

If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
The Gourmet. Loved the pies.

Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
Though I’ve never experienced it, I have to say I’m most excited for Bonfire.

Joe at Nationwide Building Society

Pictured: Penny