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Craven Bank

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Some of Martins’ original Burnley Branches come from the amalgamation of  the Bank of Liverpool and the Craven Bank in 1906.  The Craven Bankers comprised some of the most respected and well to do figures of the 1800s, and notes issued by the Craven Bank were seen as trustworthy for value. 

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/0481

 

Those trading in the area would always ask for the notes with the “coo” (the Craven Heifer) on them, because they knew that payment of them would be honoured.  We are indebted to our friends at Barclays Leeds Region Pensioners’ Club, for this example of a Craven Banknote issued at Burnley in the late 1800s.  1963 sees the closure of of two Burnley Branches, St James’ Street and 13 Hargreaves Street. The business of both Branches is to be combined into the brand new Branch at MANCHESTER ROAD (on whose page you can see a more populated staff gallery section).  Despite there having been a total of four main and four sub-Branches at various times over the years, there is one member of staff – Mr E Fielden – who has only ever worked for Martins in Hargreaves Street, first at No 7 and then No 13. In 1960, it is time to wish him a happy retirement…

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1960 01 MBM.jpg1960 Mr E L Fielden Manager MBM-Sp60P43.jpgOne of the best-known managers in the North retired at the end of November when Ernest Fielden laid down his pen after 44 years' service. He spent the whole of his banking life in Hargreaves Street, Burnley, which he entered in 1915 when it was a Branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, first at No. 7 and then at No. 13. He was appointed Assistant Manager in 1938 and Manager in 1945. To mark the occasion of his retirement Mr. Fielden invited his colleagues to a cocktail party at the Thorn Hotel, and 45 of them as­sembled to say goodbye. Mr. Jobling and Mr. Weatherill, Mr. Fielden's General Managerial colleagues, came from Liverpool, also Mr. Pickering, while the London, Northern and Manchester Districts were all represented as well as many Branches in the Craven District. Mr. Jobling made the presentation on behalf of the subscribers of a portable type­writer, and in his remarks made a special reference to Mr. Fielden's successful career. Mr. Earnshaw, Mr. Fielden's successor, also spoke, mentioning his long association with Mr. Fielden. Mr. Fielden is having a house built at Moelfre, in Anglesey, and hopes to see many of his old colleagues from time to time as soon as he and Mrs. Fielden have settled in.

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Image © Frank Watson 1949

We are grateful to Rex Watson, whose father Frank worked at 13 Hargreaves St, for supplying this wonderful group photograph of the staff, taken in 1949.  It was actually taken on a camera that belonged to Frank, and some years later he anotated the names he could remember on the reverse of the photo. 

 

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We would be delighted if anyone can help fill in the blanks, from this key to the picture. A fair amount of progress has already been made, although a lot of initials are missing from the surnames in the lists below. Those staff whose names we DO know are now also featured in the staff gallery below, but for several of them we still do not have any initials/first names.

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1 Mr ( ? ) Heaton

2 Mr Frank Watson

3 Mr ( ? ) Perkins

4 Mr ( ? ) Harrison

5 Mr ( ? ) Boothman

6 ?

7 Mr R S Atkinson

8 Mr ( ? ) Halstead

9 Mr S Taylor Messenger

10 ?

11 ?

12 ?

13 ?

14 Miss ( ? ) Dalton

15 Barbara Pilkington

16 Miss ( ? ) Wadsworth

17 Mr Eric George Earnshaw

18 Mr Ernest L Fielden

19 Mr ( ? ) Clarke

20 Miss M Calvert

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If you can help fill in the gaps, please contact us by clicking HERE .

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Mr P A Scott

On the Staff

1925 to 1934

Mr Heaton

On the Staff

1949

Mr Frank Watson

On the Staff

1949

Mr Perkins

On the Staff

1949

Mr Harrison

On the Staff

1949

Mr Boothman

On the Staff

1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr R S Atkinson

On the Staff

1949

Mr Halstead

On the Staff

1949

Mr Eric George Earnshaw

On the Staff

1949

Miss Dalton

On the Staff

1949

Mr Clarke

On the Staff

1949

Miss Barbara Pilkington

On the Staff

1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1949 Mr Taylor Messenger.jpg

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Miss Wadsworth

On the Staff

1949

Miss Calvert

On the Staff

1949

Mr S Taylor

Messenger

1949

Mr Ernest L Fielden

Assistant Manager 1938

Manager 1945 to 1960

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-141 Burnley 13 Hargreaves Street

Full Branch

13 Hargreaves Street Burnley Lancashire

104 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Burnley 2258

Nightsafe installed

Mr E L Fielden (1960)

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-36-20 BURNLEY BRIERFIELD

Sub to 11-36-20 Burnley

4 Colne Road Brierfield Nelson Lancashire

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Nelson 64112

Nightsafe Installed

Mr C D Mudd Manager (Burnley)

Title:

Type:

Address:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-141 BURNLEY DUKE BAR

Sub to 11-141 Burnley

13 Briercliffe Road Duke Bar Burnley Lancashire

Not Known

Not Known

Burnley 2258

Counter Service only

Burnley Manager

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-36-20 HABERGHAM

Sub to 11-36-20 Burnley

5 Padiham Road Burnley Lancashire

Mon to Thu 1030-1300 Fri 1000-1300

Saturday1000-1100

Burnley 27515

No Nightsafe

Mr C D Mudd Manager (Burnley)

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1884

23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

30 May 1963

Opened by the Craven Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and Business moved to 8 Manchester Road

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