Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Bankers' Clearing House"

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Bankers’Clearing House, near the Post-office, Lombard street is the medium through which bankers obtain the amount of cheques and bills in their hands for collection from other bankers. Instead of presenting their cheques at each banking house, and receiving cash and notes in payment, clearing bankers settle the whole amount delivered during the day at this establishment by receiving or paying the difference in their amount by a single cheque on the Bank of England. 

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879