Then and now
Back then, it was difficult to buy a house or save money into a bank account if you weren’t well off. But the arrival of the building society helped change all that.
We were founded in 1853 by mill owner Samuel Farey and timber merchant George Kendall, with the purpose of providing a safe place for people’s savings and to help them own homes.
More than 166 years on, our purpose is still the same and now we help over a million people with their savings and mortgages.