A Domestic History of the Bank of England, 1930-1960
This book, which is based on the Bank of England's own mainly unpublished archives, describes the internal workings of the bank from 1930 to 1960 under three governors, Lord Norman, Lord Catto and Lord Cobbold. Each chapter is devoted to the organisation and working methods of a particular department, such as Cashier's, Accountant's (now Registrar's), the Printing Works, Overseas, and so on, and the book includes the first published description of how the bank continued working during the Second World War, when many of its staff were evacuated to Hampshire and elsewhere. The book also contains information on the bank's accounting methods and profitability, and on the note issue including bank note design. These decades were a period of enormous change for the Bank, when its working methods (many dating back almost to its foundation in 1694) were radically updated and in some cases mechanised in a progression of record-keeping from handwritten ledgers to computers.
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The Accountants Department
Exchange Control 19391957
The note issue
The Printing Works
The Banking Department and the profitability of
The Cashiers Department
Overseas Economics and Statistics
The Establishment Department
The Secretarys Department
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Abell Accountant's Department administration Adviser appointed architect August bank notes Bank of England Bank's Baron Bill Branch Branch Banks building Cameron Fromanteel Cobbold Cashier's Department Catto central banks Chairman chapter Chief Accountant Chief Cashier Chief of Establishments Committee of Treasury considerable continued costs currency Debden December decided Deputy Chief Cashier Deputy Governor Director Dividend Preparation Drawing Office Entered Bank Exchange Control February Finsbury Circus foreign exchange George Abell gold Head Office HM Treasury House Hurstbourne increased January July June later Loans London Lord March mechanisation months Mynors nationalisation November October organisation Overseas and Foreign Overseas Department payment Peacock Committee period plans Plate possible post-war pre-war premises Principal Printing rebuilding recruitment reserves responsible salaries scheme Secretary Section securities senior September Siepmann St Luke's staff Statistics sterling Stock Threadneedle Street transfer Whitchurch Women Clerks
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