Neath's Listed Buildings
No.2 Barclays Bank
Neath's Branch of Barclays Bank is located at the Parade - once called the Promenade, according to Keith Reed the local historian who said that sailing ships at one time tied up opposite the Castle Hotel, which was then called the Ship and Castle Inn. Keith claims the bank was built in 1843 and is now a Grade II listed building.
Barclays traces its origins to a goldsmith banking business established in the City of London in 1690. James Barclay became a partner in the business in 1736. In 1896 several banks in London and the English provinces, including Backhouse's Bank and Gurney's Bank, united as a joint-stock bank under the name Barclays and Co. Over the following decades Barclays expanded to become a nationwide bank. In 1967, Barclays deployed the world's first cash machine.