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Where it allstarted -Our History

How we've grown and matured over time

From our humble beginnings to the successful Society we are today, we've always stayed true to our belief in trust.

Born and bred in Yorkshire - A timeline of Yorkshire Building Society

1864

Huddersfield Equitable Permanent Benefit Building Society is established by three gentlemen who meet each morning from 5am to 8am in a single room in Huddersfield. Early directors of the Society include a dentist, a shoemaker and a plumber.

At the end of the first year there were six borrowers and assets of £4,044 13s 5d.

1866

West Yorkshire Building Society is established at the Royal Hotel in Dewsbury with only two staff.

1871

Two 'luxury' items are purchased for the Society's offices - an umbrella and a rug.

1885

Bradford Self Help Permanent Building Society is established in St. George's Hall Coffee Tavern.

At the end of the first year there were 43 members and assets of £185,000.

1885-89

During its first four years of business the Bradford Permanent opens for just an hour and a half, once a week.

1893

By this date, the Society's office was fitted with the electric light.

1915

The first lady employees join the Society.

1923

The number of staff employed by the West Yorkshire Building Society has doubled to four.

1930

The modernised offices of the Bradford Permanent open at Queen Anne Chambers - complete with rubber covered floors and ultraviolet ray glass.

1975

The Huddersfield and Bradford Building Societies merge in the largest marriage of two societies to date.

1982

The Huddersfield & Bradford and West Yorkshire Building Societies merge - the Yorkshire Building Society is born!

1992

Yorkshire Building Society merges with the Haywards Heath Building Society.

1994

YorkSHARE Limited is launched - the first sharedealing service to be developed, owned and run by a building society.

1999

Yorkshire Building Society's assets top £10 billion.

YorkSHARE Limited, the Society's share dealing service, was sold to TD Waterhouse Group Inc, a leading online financial services firm and the world's second largest execution only stockbroking business (measured by transactions).

2001

Yorkshire Building Society is the third largest mutual in Britain with assets of over £11 billion.

2008

Assets now in excess of £23 billion with 2 million members.

The Yorkshire merges with Barnsley Building Society (with 60,000 members and assets £368m) on 31 December.

2010

The Yorkshire merges with Chelsea Building Society on 1 April 2010. Our combined assets are now of over £30bn, 2.8m members and a network of 178 branches.

2011

The Yorkshire acquires Egg mortgage and savings book, and the Egg brand, on 31 October 2011.

The Yorkshire merges with the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society on 1 November 2011.

2012

At the end of the year, our assets had grown to approximately £33 billion with 3.5m members.

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