Abbey National PLC
The first offices of the National Freehold Land Society, from which the National Building Society developed and of which one of the founders was Richard Cobden, were at No. 11 Poultry. The Abbey National became a public limited company in 1989; in 2003 it was rebranded as ‘Abbey’ and in 2004 was taken over by a Spanish bank.
For many years the company’s head office was at Abbey House, Baker Street, where letters were regularly received addressed to the great detective Sherlock Holmes who, according to Conan Doyle, lived in a house (No. 221B) on this site.
Excerpted from The London Encyclopaedia by kind permission of the Publishers, Pan MacMillan.
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