This section covers bespoke data on the banking system and other credit institutions. It also includes data on the Bank of England balance sheet and its operations and money and credit aggregates. These are backed up by digitised publications such as the Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin and Statistical Abstracts, and the Annual Abstract of Banking Statistics.
- Users should first consult the Money and Credit sections of the Millennium of Macroeconomic Data v3.1 (xls), which contains data on various money and credit aggregates as well as data on the Bank of England balance sheet. This includes data from the recent study by Nuno Palma who has reconstructed money supply data for England between 1270 and 1870 based on various medieval and early modern benchmark estimates by Nick Mayhew and Martin Allen. From 1870 the historical data on money and credit are based on Capie and Webber (1985) and Sheppard (1971). Headline series from the Millennium dataset are available to view on FRED .
- More detailed data on the Bank of England balance sheet are available on the Research datasets page at the Bank of England.
- We are hoping to include more historical data on commercial bank balance sheets pending permissions and copyright.
The London Clearing Banks
A very useful volume summarising the role of the London Clearing Banks in the late 1970s is available below. This was based on evidence given by the banks in 1977 to the Committee to Review the Functioning of Financial Institutions.
The Bank of England
The Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin started in 1960 and contains many useful articles including a statistical annex up until 1994. See list of BEQB articles.
The Bank of England also produced numerous methodological articles on money and credit statistics many of which appeared in the Monetary and Financial Statistics publication produced by the Bank. These contain useful summaries and updates of how definitions of the monetary and credit aggregates have changed over time. See Bank of England Articles on Statistics.