We have over 300 years of history and expertise in banking. From our beginnings in Lombard Street, London through to the launch of the world’s first ATM and innovative mobile phone payments services.
John Freame, from whom Barclays foundation is traced, traded as a goldsmith in Lombard Street from 1690 with his partner Thomas Gould. The business moved to the sign of the black spread eagle in 1728. Most of the ‘shops’ had a trading sign by which they were identified at a time when few people could read. Buildings changed hands and usage, but the signs remained. Later, when properties were numbered, the Barclays address was identified as 54 Lombard Street.
A new head office consolidated all aspects of the Bank in one place allowing for greater cooperation and coordination so essential to modern success. Just as Barclays had done at the beginning of the 20th century, the new head office building reflected the increasing confidence felt in the business at the beginning of the 21st century at a time of record profits. By May 2005, all departments had relocated and Barclays’ Registered Office address formally changed from 54 Lombard Street to 1 Churchill Place on 31 May 2005.
Today, Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide. Our customers and clients are at the centre of our goal and purpose. Barclays’ competitive advantage arises from the scale and diversity of our businesses and the quality, character and relationships of our people. Our approach delivers broader economic benefits and a more valuable service to our stakeholders in the unique way we do business.