Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Bank Holidays

Bank Holidays were established by statute throughout the United Kingdom in 1871, to a great extent through the agency of Sir John Lubbock, A bill of exchange due on any of them is not payable till the day following. In England and Ireland the days are: Easter and Whit Monday, the first Monday in August, and the day after Christmas Day (or the next day, should the day after Christmas be Sunday). Good Friday and Christmas Day were already observed as bank holidays in England and Ireland before the passing of the Act. In Scotland the days it specified are, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, and the first Monday in May and August.