The Collection of British and Irish Banknotes formed by the Late Edward Barnby

Date of Auction: 13th April 2010

Sold for £130

Estimate: £120 - £150

British Provincial, Berkshire, Abingdon, Abingdon Bank, Five Pounds, 31 March 1845, no. 11363, for Knapp & Co, signed by Henry Knapp (Outing 20D; Grant 18). Hole on left side, other small holes and lower edge worn with short tears, otherwise very good


Knapp, Tomkins & Goodall, later Knapp & Co, established the Abingdon & Wantage Bank in 1801. The partnership was headed by Henry Knapp (†1825, aged 69), a former grocer of Northcourt, who served as town mayor in 1805 and 1813. His sons Tyrrell and Henry succeeded him in the business but the bank failed in 1847. The authorised circulation in 1844 was £29,316