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How Backhouse saved the bank


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Shortly after the beginning of the 19th century, the then Duke of Cleveland, for some cause unknown to the general public, determined to break Backhouses Bank. He carefully collected all the notes of the Bank that he could lay his hands on, intending to send them to Darlington to be cashed. By some means however the Bank – a few days beforehand – received a hint of what was coming, and Mr. Jonathan Backhouse set off post-haste to London, where he obtained all the gold he required.

No sooner had he got it than he set out north in the same precipitate manner in which he had journeyed south. On the fourth day after his departure, he once more entered the town, after his tremendous journey which leaves Dick Turpin’s ride to York quite in the shade – the horses were unloosed from the carriage and he was drawn through the streets by an enthusiastic multitude, whose hearty cheering testified at once their indignation at the conduct of the Duke, and the pride they felt at the success of their fellow – townsman in foiling his vindictive attempt to break “Backhouse”.

It is said in illustration of the indomitable spirit of the Old Quaker, that when his post-chase and four was rattling over Croft Bridge one of the fore wheels came off, but instead of stopping to have it put on, he piled the gold up in the opposite corner, and thus balanced, he drove into the town on three wheels. Drawing by Sam Richardson circa 1890.