Fascinating history of the only remaining 'private' private bank in
London Of the many family banks founded in Restoration England,
Hoare's Bank is the only one that continues - by adapting to the
new circumstances of every generation - as an independent
partnership. Three centuries of unaltered ownership provide an
engrossing portrait of the world that shaped both it and the Hoare
family. As the family became identified with the bank which Richard
Hoare founded in 1672, the lives of each generation became
interwoven with the institution. Emerging from commonplace
beginnings under the control of an assiduous and ambitious man, it
developed during the 18th century into an institution with a
character and connections that were aristocratic, the family
building Stourhead and laying out its world-famous gardens. With
success and wealth came fragmentation as the outside world brought
distraction and the size of the family brought rivalry.
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