[access-uk] Identifying banks by sort code: Possible?

  • From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 15:11:28 -0000

Maybe a bit OT, so replies off-list welcomed via the email link below if 

Just transfered some cash to another account.  My own bank said they wanted 
£20.00 to do it,No Way!   but advised me to go across the road to HSBC where 
the payee's account, it turns out, was held.

The paying in slip indicated that '40' designates HSBC in the banking system.  
Anyone know if other banks can readily be identified by the first two numbers 
of the sort code in this fashion?  CAn be useful to know if you are in easy 
reach of all major banks like I am.

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