Our History

A long and enduring history

C. Hoare & Co. is the sole survivor of the private deposit banks which were established in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The bank has been owned and directed by members of the Hoare family since it was founded by Richard Hoare in 1672.

sketches of the fleet street building

In the days before street numbering, businesses were identified by signs.  Richard Hoare traded at the 'Sign of the Golden Bottle' in Cheapside.

In 1690 he moved the business to new premises in Fleet Street within the City of London, the site of today’s Head Office.

Much of our history can be explored in the C. Hoare & Co. museum, which is located in our Fleet Street office.  Our customers, as well as archivists and historians, are welcome to visit our museum with their relationship manager.

Read more about the museum.