Nationwide Building Society was founded by our first members over 130 years ago, and there's no arguing that times were different then. And similar.
In those days, working people had a hard time finding credit and affordable long-term housing, while plenty of banks were ready to serve the wealthy.
The solution? A mutual society to help people save and borrow money for a home of their own. The need was there, so people came together and created what became Nationwide to answer it.
Today we're still committed to doing right by our members and remaining true to our heritage as a stable, dependable community in a changing world. A lot has changed since the 19th century, but our mutual foundation is unshaken.