Many businesses running today were incorporated during the war or earlier.
Choose the option to enter Incorporation Date. Using the dates for the war, enter 04081914 and 11 11 1918. This should result in a list of companies that were incorporated between these dates. Several are well known names and are still going today. See what you can find!
The Library catalogue will help you to find the books you need, including financial crises and company histories. Financial crises are well documented (332.015). Individual company histories can be found in the International Directory of Company Histories (at 658.016INT) or in the economics section at 338.
Ranald Michie's The London Stock Exchange, a history (at 332.61MIC) and similar titles will describe the actions of the Stock Exchange in 1914 when it had to close at the end of July and didn't reopen until the following New Year.
Websites:Useful and reliable sites include:
- Bank of England have now made their previously unpublished history available online from their archives at
- The Bank of England 1914 - 1921 (Unpublished War History) by John Osborne, Archive Catalogue Reference: M7/156-159
- The Bank of England also contains information on monetary policy and inflation for the whole of the 20th century.
- The London Stock Exchange site includes a history timeline
- Retail Prices Index from 1915 This gives the monthly figure from 1915 to 2006 in one table.
- Taxation in the First World War - taken from the Parliament website