Britain’s oldest bank, Child & Co at 1 Fleet Street since 1673, said to have inspired Charles Dickens as the template for Tellson’s Bank in A Tale of Two Cities, is to close. Today, those 349 years count for nothing. The private bank now owned by NatWest, claim ‘fewer people are going into the branch’ as customers shift to online and mobile services. They have a point, but it’s a question of the chicken or the egg. When a branch shuts, most customers are forced into banking online. They have no choice.