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Building Society Roll Numbers: A Comprehensive Guide

So, you know those old building society booklets you keep stashed away in the loft? Yeah, I found mine the other day. Turns out, I used to have an account with National & Provincial back in the ’90s.

Thought I might uncover a hidden fortune, but nope, closed it out when I was 8. Still, I stumbled upon something interesting: those vintage building society roll numbers. Figured I’d whip up this guide to help anyone else who isn’t familiar with them!

What Is a Building Society Roll Number?

A building society roll number is a unique identifier for your account, similar to a bank account number. Not all building societies use them, but some do alongside the standard account number and sort code. It’s especially common for older accounts or specific types of accounts, like savings accounts.

What It Looks Like

  • Mix of letters and numbers, typically 10-18 digits long.
  • Unique to your account.

What It’s Used For

  • Ensuring smooth payment processing: When receiving money, the roll number helps ensure it reaches the correct account.
  • Online payments: Many online payment platforms require the roll number as a reference for building society accounts.

Where to Find Your Building Society Roll Number

  • Account opening documents: Check the paperwork you received when you opened your account.
  • Statements or passbooks (if you have one): Look for “roll number” or “reference number” on your statements or passbook.
    • Historically, building societies used to provide clients with a Passbook. This book contains transaction entries. When withdrawing money at a branch, you would present your passbook for updating. Your Roll number is printed in your Passbook upon opening the account.
  • Online banking or app: Some building societies display the roll number within your online account or app.
  • Contact your building society: If you can’t find it elsewhere, call or visit your building society’s customer service.

Safety First

  • Treat your roll number like your account number: Don’t share it with anyone unless you trust them completely.
  • Always use the roll number as a reference for online payments: Don’t include any other information.
  • If you forget your roll number, contact your building society: They can verify your identity and provide you with the number.

Additional Considerations

  • Not all building societies use roll numbers: Check with your specific building society if you’re unsure.
  • Roll numbers are different from sort codes and account numbers: They serve a distinct purpose.
  • Building societies offer some advantages over banks: They are often member-owned and may offer better savings rates.

Building Societies in the UK

Here’s a comprehensive list of building societies in the UK currently registered with the Building Societies Association.

Building SocietyTelephone Number
Bath Building Society01225 423 271
Beverley Building Society01482 881 510
Buckinghamshire Building Society01494 879 500
Cambridge Building Society0345 601 3344
Capital Credit Union0131 225 9901
Chelsea Building Society0845 1200 898
Chorley & District Building Society, The01257 235 000
Coventry Building Society0800 121 8899
Cumberland Building Society01228 403141
Darlington Building Society01325 366 366
Dudley Building Society01384 231 414
Earl Shilton Building Society01455 844 422
Ecology Building Society01535 650 770
Family Building Society01372 742211
Furness Building Society01229 824 560
Glasgow Credit Union0141 274 9933
Hanley Economic Building Society01782 255 000
Harpenden Building Society01582 765 411
Hinckley and Rugby Building Society01455 251234
Leeds Building Society03450 505075
Leeds Credit Union0113 2423343
Leek United Building Society01538 384 151
London Mutual Credit Union020 3773 1751
Loughborough Building Society01509 610 707
Manchester Credit Union0161 231 5222
Mansfield Building Society, The01623 676 300
Market Harborough Building Society01858 412 250
Marsden Building Society01282 440 500
Melton Mowbray Building Society01664 414141
Monmouthshire Building Society01633 844 444
National Counties Building Society01372 742211
Nationwide Building Society01793 656363
Newbury Building Society01635 555 700
Newcastle Building Society0191 244 2000
No 1 Copperpot Credit Union0161 741 3160
Nottingham Building Society0344 481 4444
Penrith Building Society01768 863 675
Principality Building Society0330 333 4000
Progressive Building Society028 9024 4926
Saffron Building Society01799 522211
Scottish Building Society0131 313 7700
Scotwest Credit Union Ltd0141 227 2390
Skipton Building Society01756 705 000
Stafford Railway Building Society01785 223 212
Suffolk Building Society0330 123 0723
Swansea Building Society01792 739100
Teachers Building Society01202 843 500
Tipton & Coseley Building Society0121 557 2551
Vernon Building Society0161 4296262
West Bromwich Building Society0345 241 3785
Yorkshire Building Society0345 1200 100

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Disclaimer: This information is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered financial advice. Please consult with a qualified financial advisor for personalised advice.

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