Sweet History landmark (photo)

Natwest Bank

Address: 32 Corn Street, BS1 1HQ

Date: Georgian period (1714-1837)

On the wall of the Natwest Bank there is a plaque which remembers ‘The Old Bank’ that was first set up in 1750. This was the site of one of the first banks outside London. The Old Bank was started up by traders to Africa, which shows the link between the slave trade in Bristol and the development of the banking system.

Historians still aren’t totally sure how much wealth the slave trade and the trade in slave-made goods created for England. It seems that the money from slavery made Britain a wealthy trading nation and this helped it to grow and become more powerful.

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