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Bradford is another town which, prior to the creation of the modern day Martins Bank in 1928, has branches of several of the banks that will by amalgamation find themselves part of the new Business.  The Branch on the corner of Kirkgate and Bank Street is an original office of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, which amalgamates with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited in 1928.  Who says that banks changing their names and closing branches is a twenty-first century issue? 

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Bradford Bank Street


Image © BT 1927

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In 1928 the new Martins Bank has to consolidate its position in many towns and cities, by keeping open the best Branches, and downgrading or closing altogether those which are considered to be “surplus to requirements”. “Corner of Kirkgate and Bank Street” is listed in the new Bank’s accounts, but closes early in 1928. 

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Yorkshire Post 20 December 1926

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

and reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive  

Image – Martins Bank Archive Collection © Barclays 1927



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Index Number and District:

Hours :





11-122 Bradford Kirkgate and Bank Street


28 Bank Street, Corner of Kirkgate Bradford Yorkshire

512 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bradford 791

Counter Service

Mr W H Crabtree Manager

20 December 1926

3 January 1928


Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited


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