On the main Nostalgia page we have described the history of the 18C building which is No.1 Corn Market, that for 100 years has been the home of an international bank, first the Midland Bank, and more recently HSBC.

On this page we look back at some of the other banks which have occupied premises in Wycombe in the High Street and Church St.
More pictures of Wycombe banks will be shown in future editions.  

The National Westminster Bank was formed in 1970 by a merger between the Westminster Bank and the National Provincial Bank.

Both banks established branches in Wycombe High Street, Westminster in the 1920s and National Provincial c.1930 at No.39 High Street, known as Tudor House.

This is a 3 storey Georgian building, which had earlier been the home and surgery for many years of Dr William Fleck and his family, and assistant Dr John T Bell.

Wycombe & South Bucks Savings Bank was established in c.1870, with Bucks Free Press proprietor and editor as actuary.

Early in his career he had spent several years working in Wheelers Wycombe Bank, so was quite possibly involved in setting up the Savings Bank. Its premises were in Church St in a new classical-styled building erected in 1818.

Top: The National Westminster Bank now occupies No.39 High St, 1975.

Above left: This view is of the rear of No.39 High St in 1971, and shows the stone steps used as a horse-mounting block by previous residents such as Dr William Fleck, maybe also by some of his patients! 

Left: Wycombe & South Bucks Savings Bank in Church St, more or less opposite the entrance to the Woolworths store, 1925.

Above: The ivy-covered frontage of No.39 High Street when it was occupied by Dr William Fleck, c.1910.