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Palatine Bank

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Rochdale Buersil is opened in 1909 by the Palatine Bank. It is one of Martins Bank’s larger self accounting sub-Branches, and opens for the full banking week.  Buersil is kept open during World War 2, when it is managed for three years by Mrs Muriel Caladine, one of the army of lady clerks which steps in to look after Martins Bank’s branches during the conflict. Muriel is in fact the only member of the Buersil staff for which we have a photograph.  Buersil survives the merger with Barclays, and stays open until the late Summer of 1992. How marvellous it is to see the branch doubling up as a signpost for the A627 and A664, and that the local dentist can be found upstairs -  Martins really DO go to extremes to be helpful!

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1968 Rochdale Buersil Exterior BGA Ref 30-463

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0463

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1943 to 1946 Mrs Muriel Caladine Wartime Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi46P10.jpg

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Mrs Muriel Caladine

Clerk in Charge

01/09/1943 to 30/06/1946







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11-34-20 Rochdale Buersil                             

Self Accounting Sub to 11-19-70 Rochdale

PO Box 36 200 Oldham Road Rochdale Lancashire

519 Manchester

Mon To Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Rochdale 45191

Nightsafe Installed

Mr F Openshaw Manager (Rochdale)

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30 December 1919

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 August 1992


Opened by The Palatine Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-15-10 Buersil, Rochdale


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