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Accrington has the honour of being  alphabetically first in the long list of building which have been host to Branches of Martins Bank. In 1888 there is much discussion amongst, and a fair degree of conflict between, the directors of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank over plans for expansion.  The County Bank has stated its intentions to open a branch in Accrington, and although there is at first some opposition amongst the board of the L & Y, they too decide to secure premises (at Accrington Conservative Club) from which to do business in the town. 

 

In 1903, as part of a later expansion drive, new premises more suited to the business of the Bank are built at Accrington.   We can see the new building is seen here as a branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1922. Sadly a later exterior view with Martins Bank signage is still to be found.  Accrington Branch only just survives the merger with Barclays, who close it and move the business to their Union Street Branch in 1972. Today, the Royal Bank of Scotland has the premises at 119 Blackburn Road.

 

For our feature, we go back to 1965, and when Manager Mr F J E Cooke retires towards the end of February,  Martins Bank Magazine reports from the Accrington’s Railway Hotel, where we find that a large gathering is already tucking in to a buffet lunch…

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1922 Branch Exterior as L & Y Bank PA.jpg

Image © 1922 W N Townson Bequest

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1952 to 1965 Mr F J E Cooke Manager MBM-Su65P50.jpg1965 02 MBM.jpgTo mark Mr Cooke’s retirement after 13 years as Manager of Accrington branch, 21 past and present colleagues, including managers of neighbouring branches, met at the Railway Hotel, Accrington, on February 25th. After an excellent buffet meal Mr H. Slater spoke of the happy atmosphere at the branch during Mr Cooke's managership, and on behalf of subscribers he handed Mr Cooke a cheque which will buy a garden seat for his new bungalow at Wiswell.  Mrs C. Riley then presented a bouquet to Mrs Cooke and Mr J. Speak (Manchester District Inspector) expressed the thanks of the Bank and the General Management.  The following day Mr Cooke was enter­tained to lunch by his District General Manager, and he and his wife invited the present staff and close friends to dinner at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Sawley. His career began in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1921 and took him to several Manchester District branches before he joined the Portland Street staff in 1945. A year later he was appointed Pro Manager and in 1949, after a short spell at District Office, he moved to Bolton branch as Assistant Manager. His appointment as Manager at Accrington came in 1952.

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1925 Mr H S Mellor joined the bank here MBM-Wi52P49.jpg

1925 Mr J E Lightfoot joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P57.jpg

1934 to 1936 Mr H M Neild Manager MBM-Wi56P48.jpg

1936 to 1952 Mr H Mills Manager MBM-Su52P52.jpg

1945 to 1946 Mr F Hartley MBM-Au66P02.jpg

1947 to 1948 Mr J W Twissell joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P07.jpg

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Mr H S Mellor

Joined the Bank here

1925

Mr J E Lightfoot

Joined the Bank here

1925

Mr H M Neild

Manager

1934 to 1936

Mr H Mills

Manager

1936 to 1952

Mr F Hartley

On the staff

1945 to 1956

Mr J W Twissell

Joined the Bank here

1947 to 1948

 

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1946 to 1947 Mr J Speak MBM-Su64P03

1946 to x Mr W Warburton MBM-Au66P02

1949 to 1951 Mr G W Parkinson joined the bank here MBM-Sp66P04.jpg

1952 to 1965 Mr F J E Cooke Manager MBM-Su65P50.jpg

1955 Miss Susan M Brown MBM-Wi55P38.jpg

1965 Mr GG North Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

 

 

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Mr J Speak

On the Staff

1946 to 1947

Mr W Warburton

On the Staff

1946 to ?

Mr G W Parkinson

Joined the Bank here

1949 to 1951

Mr F J E Cooke

Manager

1952 to 1965

Miss Susan M Brown

On the Staff

1955

Mr G G North

Manager

1965 Onwards

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1969 Mr W P Kenyon Relief Staff (Retiring) MBM-Sp69P54.jpg

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

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Mr W P Kenyon

On the Relief Staff

Retires 1969

 

 

 

 

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1

DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

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LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

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MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

WILLIAMS DEACON’S BANK

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YORKSHIRE BANK LIMITED

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Index Number and District:

Address:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Lmited 11-04-00 Accrington

Full Branch

702 Manchester

119 Blackburn Road Accrington Lancashire

Mon to Fri 10am to 3pm

Saturday 9am to 11.30am

Accrington 32289

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G G North Manager

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1889

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

17 September 1971

Currently

Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-01-11 Accrington Blackburn Road

Closed and moved to Union Street

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