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Equitable Bank

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Moving on out,

       moving on up…

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Bradford Great Horton Branch comes to Martins Bank through the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins and the Halifax Equitable Bank (re-named the Equitable Bank) in 1927.  This is another branch to have benefitted from the stewardship of one of the army of ladies who stood in as Managers and Clerks in Charge in the Second World War – Mrs D Bentley (see Staff Gallery below). In two short pieces from Martins Bank Magazine, we watch as one Manager retires, and his successor is soon promoted again.

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1950 s Bradford Great Horton Exterior BGA Ref 30-1110

Image © Barclays Ref: 30/1110


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1959 04 MBM.jpg1948 to 1959 Mr H Lumb Manager MBM-Wi59P51.jpgOn the occasion of the retirement of Mr. Harry Lumb after 36 years' service a party of his colleagues, past and present, was enter­tained to tea by Mr. and Mrs. Lumb at the Great Horton Conservative Club on September 30th. After conveying the District General Manager's regrets at his enforced absence, Mr. J. A. McGregor, Leeds Assistant District Manager, presented Mr. Lumb with a dinner service on behalf of his colleagues. The girls of Great Horton branch then gave Mrs. Lumb a bouquet. Mr. Lumb was appointed to be the first Manager of Great Horton branch in 1948 after many years' service at Halifax branch and a short spell on the Inspection staff. He was a member of the old Equitable Bank Staff.

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1961 02 MBM.jpg1959 to 1961 Mr F M Walker Manager MBM-Su61P43.jpgThe new inspector at Leeds District Office is Mr F M Walker, who has been Manager at Great horton branch since 1959.  He entered the bank in 1943 at Bradford, served with HM Forces from 1945 to 1948. and subsequently served at Wakefield, Pudsey, Vicar Lane and Leeds City Office.  He is no stranger to the branches in the District, as he served in District Office for five years from 1954 until his appointment to Great Horton.

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1943 to 1946 Mrs D Bentley Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp47P23

1948 Mr P M Lister Staff Member MBM-Wi48P40

1948 to 1959 Mr H Lumb Manager MBM-Wi59P51

1959 to 1961 Mr F M Walker Manager MBM-Su61P43


BW Logo

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Mrs D Bentley

Wartime Clerk in Charge

1943 to 1946

Mr P M Lister

On the Staff


Mr H Lumb


1948 to 1959

Mr F M Walker


1959 to 1961

Mr G H Hellewell


1961 onwards


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Index Number and District:






11-16-41 Bradford Great Horton

Full Branch

499 Great Horton Road Bradford 7 Yorkshire

636 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bradford 71942

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G H Hellewell Manager

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Pre 1927

13 July 1927

3 January 1928

12 December 1969


The Equitable Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Lmited

Closed and business tranferred to Barclays 656 Great Horton Rd

Solicitors’ Practice

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