From Scarborough to Shanghai
Nowadays, the banking giant HSBC styles itself as "The world's local bank". In an industry that has seen so much consolidation, it is hard to trace the complex process by which dozens of small and obscure concerns gradually combined to form the handful of mega-banks that we know today.
It's hard, but not impossible, and that is why banks, more than any other sector, are so well staffed with archivists. Thus, when the Yorkshire Post took a look at Yorkshire's early banks, they received the professional guidance from HSBC that enabled them to put together this article.