Following on from my previous commment: Today I went into a Lloyds branch and they confirmed they don’t accept deedpoles made by oneself, only official deedpoles with the official red crest or something, which you send off for via gov.uk. I asked to speak to someone else and I even explained the Guardian article, but I got the same answer.
This is pretty gutting news. If I go through gov.uk, details of the name change are publicly recorded, which I don’t want to happen.
I honestly don’t understand what I have to do. My name certainly doesn’t feel like my own :(