Gloucester Old Bank. The Residence of the late James Wood Esq.re.
[Published by T. Jew, Bookseller & Printer 1839.]
Lithograph. Sheet 210 x 160mm. 8¼ x 6¼". Trimmed at bottom, losing publication line
The Gloucester Old Bank was established in 1716, making it one of the earliest private banks in England. In 1802 it was inherited by James (Jemmy) Wood (1756 - 1836), shown here standing in the doorway. He was famed as a miser and even had a toby jug modelled on him. He was said to walk around the docks collecting dropped coal in his pockets, and once travelled back to Gloucester from Tewkesbury in the back of a passing hearse, laid out in the space usually reserved for the body. After his death, the Gloucester Old Bank was absorbed by the County of Gloucestershire Banking Company in 1838, which is turn was taken over by Lloyds Bank in 1897. Notice the publisher Thomas Jew's premises are immediately adjacent, to left. By George Rowe, artist and lithographer (1796 - 1864).
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