Suffolk Building Society

The Suffolk Building Society is a UK building society based in Ipswich, Suffolk. It is a member of the Building Societies Association.

Suffolk Building Society
FormerlyIpswich Building Society
Company typeBuilding Society (Mutual)
Financial services
FoundedOctober 1849
HeadquartersIpswich, England, UK
Number of locations
ProductsSavings, mortgages, investments, insurance
Total assets£655 million GBP (2022), 7% on 2021
Number of employees
c. 170

The Ipswich & Suffolk Building Society originated in the Ipswich and Suffolk Freehold Land Society, founded in December 1849. The FLS bought up land they divided up into plots that were big enough to qualify for the 40 shilling franchise that gave people the right to vote. It registered as the Ipswich and Suffolk Permanent Benefit Building Society in February 1886 to provide mortgages for people buying land through the FLS.[1]

History edit

Ipswich & Suffolk Building Society edit

The Ipswich & Suffolk Building Society originated in October 1849 as part of the forty-shilling freeholders movement, a project which aimed to make home ownership an option for ordinary people, rather than just the landed elite.[2] Initially called the Ipswich & Suffolk Freehold Land Society, its first land acquisition was the Cauldwell Hall Estate, which it divided into 282 plots, selling each to a society member for £23, following a ballot. It then made similar acquisitions and sales in various towns across Suffolk.[3] From 1868 the society started purchasing houses in addition to buying land,[2] its first properties being located on Lancaster Road in Ipswich which it described "high quality, 2-bedroom, workman's houses".[4]

Ipswich & District Building Society edit

The Ipswich & District Building Society was established in 1875 as a Starr-Bowkett Society. It held an inauguration meeting held at the Ipswich Lecture Hall, featuring a speech by Richard B. Starr, one of the architects of the Starr-Bowkett model. Starr stated that the society was not intended to be a rival to other building societies in the area, but to offer a new model of financial assistance for working-class people.[5]

Merger edit

The Ipswich & Suffolk and the Ipswich & District merged in June 1975, with the new entity trading simply as the Ipswich Building Society.[2] In January 2004, after almost ninety years based in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, the society moved its headquarters to a new venue at the Ransomes Europark. The old headquarters were retained as a branch, however, until 2009. By November 2011, the society had reached 65,000 members with assets of more than £50,000.[6]

In January 2020, the Ipswich Building Society launched a proposal for a further rename, to the Suffolk Building Society. At the 170th Annual General Meeting (held on 25 March 2020), 92.8% of members who voted were in favour of the name change and so as of 9 November 2021, Ipswich Building Society became known as Suffolk Building Society.[7]

Branches edit

As of March 2020, the Suffolk Building Society has nine branches in locations across Suffolk. There are two in Ipswich, as well as locations in Hadleigh, Aldeburgh, Halesworth, Haverhill, Saxmundham, Woodbridge, and Sudbury.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ Marston, James (27 April 2009). "Track your house through time". Ipswich Star. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "The Ipswich Building Society in Halesworth – Halesworth and District Museum".
  3. ^ Malster, Robert (2005-04-30). The Wharncliffe Companion to Ipswich: An A to Z of Local History. Casemate Publishers. ISBN 978-1-78340-839-9.
  4. ^ "Ipswich Historic Lettering: Ipswich Freehold Land Society".
  5. ^ "162nd Starr-Bowkett Ipswich and District Building Society". The Ipswich Journal - Saturday. 16 January 1875. p. 6.
  6. ^ "Our Timeline". Suffolk Building Society. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Building Society Mortgages and Savings".
  8. ^ "Our Branches", Suffolk Building Society, retrieved 8 March 2020

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