This private bank was established as Thicknesse & Woodcock in 1792, by Ralph Thicknesse and Thomas Woodcock; it was also known as Wigan Old Bank. Thicknesse retired in about 1829, whereupon Woodcock admitted his son to the partnership, which traded thereafter as Thomas Woodcock & Son.
By 1846 the firm was known as Thomas, John & Henry Woodcock. In 1850 Thomas Woodcock died and his two sons continued the business. In 1860 Nathaniel Eckersley became a partner and the firm was restyled Thomas Woodcock, Sons & Eckersley. The bank was acquired by Parr’s Banking Co in 1874.
- TE Gregory, The Westminster Bank Through a Century (London: privately published by Westminster Bank, 1936)
Summary of our archive holdings
Our archival records of Thomas Woodcock, Sons & Eckersley have the reference code WOO.
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- general customer account ledger 1792-1798
- circular re amalgamation 1874
- cheque form 1870s