Barclays has made numerous corporate acquisitions, including of London, Provincial and South Western Bank in 1918, British Linen Bank in 1919, Mercantile Credit in 1975, the Woolwich in 2000 and the North American operations of Lehman Brothers in 2008.
Barclays has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
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In 1776 the firm was styled "Barclay, Bevan and Bening" and so remained until 1785, when another partner, John Tritton, who had married a Barclay, was admitted, and the business then became "Barclay, Bevan, Bening and Tritton".
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Between 19 Barclays extended its branch network by making acquisitions of small English banks.
Over the following decades, Barclays expanded to become a nationwide bank.
In 1967, Barclays deployed the world's first cash dispenser.
Also that year Barclays bought de Zoete & Bevan and Wedd Durlacher (formerly Wedd Jefferson) Two years later, in 1998, the BZW business was broken up and parts were sold to Credit Suisse First Boston: Barclays retained the debt business which formed the foundation of what is now Barclays Capital. Woolwich PLC thus joined the Barclays group of companies, and the Woolwich name was retained after the acquisition.
The company's head office remained in Bexleyheath, south-east London, four miles from the original head office in Woolwich.