150th anniversary for Lloyds South Molton

Outside the Lloyds Bank branch at East Street in South Molton circa 1900.

Outside the Lloyds Bank branch at East Street in South Molton circa 1900. - Credit: Archant

Bank celebrates one-and-a-half centuries in the town plus a return to its old identity.

THE South Molton branch of Lloyds Bank is celebrating 150 years in the town this week.

On Thursday (October 24) staff at the branch in 122, East Street will be donning Victorian costume to welcome customers and special guest Johnny Kingdom at 12noon for a ribbon-cutting to mark a dual celebration.

As well as its 150th birthday, South Molton bank is one of many returning to its original name, after Lloyds TSB split into two separate banks again last month.

The branch has undergone a revamp and there will be cakes on offer throughout the day for customers.

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Manager Pete Horrell said they remained just as keen to be involved with and a part of the South Molton community, to this day maintaining strong agricultural links.

He said they are one of the few Lloyds to still retain two local agricultural managers, in the form of Roger Griffin and Nigel Pearce.

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Lloyds moved into its East Street branch in 1906, giving it two branches in the town, which later merged.

The original premises opened on October 24, 1863 in Duke Street on the site of the White Hart Inn. Two different banks ran the branch until the second was absorbed by Lloyds in 1921.

The bank employs six people, including staff at the Chulmleigh branch of Lloyds, open two days a week.

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