Saffron Building Society

The Saffron Building Society is a regional building society which has branches and agencies in the East of England, spanning Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.

Saffron Building Society
Company typeBuilding society (mutual)
IndustryBanking and financial services
FoundedJanuary 1849
HeadquartersSaffron Walden, England, UK
Number of locations
Key people
Nick Treble,[1] Chairman Colin Field,[1] Chief Executive Officer
ProductsSavings, mortgages, investments,
loans, insurance
£3.1 million GBP (December 2007), 84.6% on 2006
Total assets£784 million GBP (December 2007), 10.4% on 2006
Number of employees

History edit

Saffron Building Society was established in 1849. It is a UK building society based in Saffron Walden, Essex.

It began life as the Saffron Walden Second Building Society and was founded by the Revd John Marten, who became the first Secretary. The first Chairman of the Saffron Building Society was a local builder called Joseph Durrant. Originally established as a 'terminating society' Saffron Walden Second Building Society became a permanent building society in 1857 and changed their name to The Saffron Walden Second Benefit Building and Investment Society on the Permanent Plan. In the same year the Society lent £1,730.

In 1873 Henry Hart a printer, was chairman and directors' salaries now stood at £1.

  • 1866 - 1905 Fitzroy Ackland, a local solicitor was Secretary.
  • 1900 assets stood at £37,000.
  • 1905 William Freeman, Ackland's Clerk became Secretary. During this time the role becomes a full-time job.
  • 1930 purchases its own premises for the first time.
  • 1935 Edward Hughes Freeman (William's son) becomes Secretary. He died in 1947.
  • 1947 Philip Sidney Kettieridge becomes Secretary and holds this post for 23 years.
  • 1948 assets reached £300,000.
  • 1959 assets reached £1,000,000.
  • 1968 takes over The Saffron Walden and Essex Mechanics Permanent Building Society.[2]
  • 1969 the first branch office is opened in Haverhill.
  • 1972 takes over the Royston & District Building Society and becomes the Saffron Walden & District Building Society.[2]
  • 1978 assets reached £21,000,000 with four offices.
  • 1979 merges with London and Essex Building Society (previously North Bow & Manor Park) and becomes the Saffron Walden & Essex Building Society.[2]
  • 1984 opens in new premises on the old Cattle Market site in Saffron Walden.
  • 1989 merges with the Herts & Essex Building Society based in Bishop's Stortford and becomes the Saffron Walden, Herts & Essex Building Society.[2]
  • 2006 changes its name to Saffron Building Society.[3]
  • 2019 closes branches in Sawbridgeworth, Great Dunmow and Frinton, reducing network to eight branches in Bishop's Stortford, Brentwood, Colchester, Halstead, Haverhill, Royston, Saffron Walden and Ware.[4][5]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Saffron Building Society | Corporate information". Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Building Societies Association. "Mergers & Name Changes, BSA Year book 2018/9" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Saffron Building Society | History of Saffron". Archived from the original on 2 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Branch Closure | Saffron Building Society". Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  5. ^ Heslop, Katherine (18 April 2019). "Saffron Building Sociey to close its Dunmow branch". Dunmow Broadcast. Retrieved 27 July 2019.

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