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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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Look through any window…

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Windows, like mirrors, can sometimes reflect bits of everyday life that otherwise go unnoticed, or become lost in history.  Here at Burnley Colne Road in 1969, the windows of the branch are particularly clean, and give us a tiny glimpse into 1960s sales culture – long before the days of the warehouse style “retail outlets” that have grown like a rash over our towns and cities, Burnley’s Discount Shoes is showing us a simple message – shoes, at a discount – exactly what it says on the shop! Colne Road is another of Craven District’s very appealing branches, whilst there is a branch of Barclays in Colne Road today, it is at a different address...


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Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0033/0116

A “busy” War at Colne Road…

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When the County Borough of Burnley’s Branch Rate Office has to close unexpectedly in 1943, the good folk of Burnley can sleep easy in their beds knowing that they may still pay their rates at Martins Bank’s Colne Road sub-Branch – and in 1946 the building is treated to much needed renovations and the Bank moves temporarily from Number 111, to Number 74 Colne Road…

Burnley Express 16 January 1943

Burnley Express 26 October 1946

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Newspaper Images © Northcliffe Media Limited.  Images created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

Images reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive. 

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Here is colne road in the 1960s, and just a few years into the 1970s as a branch of Barclays. The distinctive windows are the main way of identifying this cross between house and bank!

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0033/0116

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Index Number and District:






11-36-20 Burnley Colne Road 

Sub to 11-36-20 Burnley

111 Colne Road Burnley Lancashire

104 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1300

Saturday 0930-1100

Burnley 27515

No Nightsafe

Mr C D Mudd Manager (Burnley)

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3 January 1928

1 November 1946

15 December 1969

June 1977


Opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Moved temporarily to 74 Colne Road

Barclays Bank Limited 20-15-70 Burnley 8 Manchester Rd

Closed and moved to Barclays 124a Colne Road


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