Falkirk TSB, Bathgate Branch

Bathgate began as an independent bank in 1904.  It amalgamated with Falkirk and Counties Savings Bank on 21 November 1927.  The total fund at the time of amalgamation was £29,000.  It was made into a full time branch with premises at 7 Mid Street. 

With a huge increase in business, the building proved too small and so a site was purchased at 29 Whitburn Road and construction work began early in 1940.  The new building was opened on 17 October that year.  It consisted of a large public office, agent’s room, strong room, stationery store and cloakrooms.  The structure was of brick with synthetic stone used on the front.  It was of a single storey with a flat roof, and the floor and windows were fire resistant.  TM Copland, architect. 

In 1958 Bathgate became the first mechanised TSB in Scotland.

G.B. Bailey, 2022