Child & Co.

One of the oldest private banks in the UK.


Child & Co. provides personal, private and business banking services to clients in the UK, including many of the UK’s biggest law and accountancy firms.

Its Fleet Street premises are close to the law courts and the legal heart of London, which is very much in keeping with the bespoke service the bank offers – outstanding customer care for the long term. It’s testament to this professionalism that Child & Co. is considered the bank of choice within legal circles. Many barristers and lawyers join Child & Co. as they’re starting out in their careers and remain with the bank throughout their working lives.

History of Child & Co.

The origins of Child & Co. can be traced back to the business of the goldsmith Robert Blanchard, who was first recorded trading in London in 1649.

Sir Francis Child, after whom Child & Co. is named, joined Robert Blanchard in around 1665 and went on to become a celebrated goldsmith, jeweller and banker, as well as serving as an MP and Lord Mayor of London. In 1689 he was knighted and named ‘jeweller in ordinary’ to King William III, and he loaned jewellery to Queen Mary for her coronation in that year.

The firm gradually diversified into banking, until the scale of their banking transactions overtook the original goldsmithing business.

The bank has traded from the same Fleet Street site since 1673. Its impressive Grade II* listed premises, designed by eminent architect John Gibson, were opened on this site in 1880 and transformed in 2015.

Today Child & Co. has a legal and professional services hub that supports many of the biggest law firms in the UK, as well as three of the ‘Big Four’ UK accountancy firms.

Did you know?

The bank’s ‘Marygold’ logo is based on a sign first referred to in 1544. At that time, and into the 18th century, pictorial street signs were common as illiteracy was widespread and street numbers rare.

By 1661 the ‘Marygold’ sign was hanging outside premises in the Strand occupied by the goldsmith Robert Blanchard which survived the Plague and the Great Fire of London.

In 1673 Robert Blanchard took the sign with him when he moved to part of the bank’s current site in Fleet Street.

In 1988 Child & Co. adopted a new logo, based on the ‘Marygold’ symbol.

The flower and sun motif remains at the heart of the brand’s identity today, as it has done since at least 1661.