Barclays Bank traces its origins back to 1690 when John Freame and Thomas Gould started trading as goldsmith bankers in Lombard Street, London.
The name “Barclays” became associated with the business in 1736, when James Barclay, son-in-law of John Freame, became a partner in the firm. In 1728 the bank moved to 54 Lombard Street which was identified by the “sign of the Black Spread Eagle”, over the years becoming a core part of the bank’s identity.
Barclays Bank D. C. O. (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas) was created in 1925 in the amalgamation of the Colonial Bank, the Anglo-Egyptian Bank and the National Bank of South Africa, and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank Ltd. In 1971 it was renamed Barclays Bank International Limited.
Barclays Bank expanded steadily into the 20th century. Barclaycard, the first credit card in the UK, was launched in 1966 and in 1967, Barclays unveiled the world’s first ATM cash machine at Enfield, north London.
Today, Barclays plc is a multinational banking and financial services company. It has operations in over 50 countries around the world and around 48 million customers.