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We are delighted to have located an image of Martins Bank’s Branch at St James’s Street Burnley.  A number of former staff from the Craven District have been waiting patiently, hoping that we could, and on this occasion we must thank our good friends at the Frith Collection® who came up trumps with an atmospheric and busy shot from around 1955, about eight years before the Branch is closed and relocated to MANCHESTER ROAD. St James’s Street and 13 Hargreaves Street Branches are both closed down at Whitsuntide 1963 and the combined business is moved to purpose built premises on the site of an old cinema in Manchester Road. 

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Image © Frith Collection® c.1955 Ref B251024 and used here under licence.

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This story is told in full on the page for Manchester Road, but here is an extract which puts into contaxt the magnitude of moving two branches into one…

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1963 03 MBM.jpgMost people will remember Whitsuntide, 1963 as a week-end of blazing sunshine spent by the sea, or on the hills, or golfing, or just sitting in the sun. The staff of the two Burnley branches will remember it as a week-end of evacuation and invasion, Dunkirk and D-Day rolled into a lost week-end—the evacuation of Hargreaves Street and St James Street into the new Manchester Road premises. The exercise had been planned with the precision of a military operation but, as so often is the case with military operations, the strength of the enemy was miscalculated and on this occasion the enemy was time.  For months we had watched the site for the new branch being cleared and had nostalgically recall­ed the old Savoy Cinema, where we saw the first 'talkie' and where in the cafe we used to meet our girl on Saturday evening and where one could gossip over a coffee and chocolate biscuit with a group of friends until 10.30 at a cost of 6d per head. We had watched the excavations for the strong room and during the appalling winter had seen the same excavations so deep in water that it was suggested we were to open the first Dive-in Bank: as the opening day drew nearer we had realised it was going to be a close touch…

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In our Staff Gallery below, the staff you see have all been listed as having worked at “Burnley Branch” and it may well be that some of them worked at either St James’s Street or 13 Hargreaves Street.  We will probably need to rely on the memories of former Staff to be able to put everyone in the right place!

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1916 Mr F J Mitchell joined the bank here MBM-Au59P52.jpg

1918 to 1928 Mr H D Clough MBM-Au63P55.jpg

1919 Mr C C Richardes joined the bank here MBM-Su65P51.jpg

1925 Mr N D Carter joined the bank here MBM-Sp69P54.jpg

1926 Mr C J Verity Sub Manager MBM-Au46P04.jpg

1926 to 1928 Mr L R Tomlinson MBM-Wi52P48.jpg

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Mr F J Mitchell

Joined the Bank Here

1916

Mr H D Clough

On the Staff

1918 to 1928

Mr C C Richardes

Joined the Bank Here

1919

Mr N D Carter

Joined the Bank Here

1925

Mr C J Verity

Sub Manager

1926

Mr L R Tomlinson

On the Staff

1926 to 1928

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1930 to 1954 Mr C C Clark joined here then pro and assistant manager MBM-Wi64P59.jpg

1934 to 1940 Mr E N Banks MBM-Su62P55.jpg

1934 to 1943 Mr P A Scott Manager MBM-Wi61P51.jpg

1935 to 1938 and 1959 to 1964 Mr E G Earnshaw Manager MBM-Wi64P55.jpg

1936 to 1936 Mr J Speak joined the bank here MBM-Su64P03.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr K W Baxter joined the bank here MBM-Su65P07.jpg

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Mr C C Clark

Joined the Bank Here

1930 to 1954

Mr E N Banks

On the Staff

1934 to 1940

Mr P A Scott

Manager

1934 to 1943

Mr E G Earnshaw

On Staff 1935 to 1938

Manager 1959 to 1963

Mr J Speak

Joined the Bank Here

1936 to 1936

Mr K W Baxter

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1939

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1938 to 1939 Mr A S Petty joined the bank here MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

1939 to 1947 Mr A C Preston joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P09.jpg

1939 to 1947 Mr H Ryder joined the bank here MBM-Sp66P03.jpg

1942 to 1944 Mr C B Heaton joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P05.jpg

1947 to 1951 and 1961 to 1963 Mr N Higson joined the bank here MBM-Au68P14 - Copy.jpg

1947 to 1963 Mr S Taylor Messenger MBM-Au68P59 - Copy.jpg

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Mr A S Petty

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1939

Mr A C Preston

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1948

Mr H Ryder

Joined the Bank here

1939 to 1947

Mr C B Heaton

Joined the Bank Here

1942 to 1944

Mr N Higson

Joined Here 1947 to 1951

On Staff 1961 to 1963

Mr S Taylor

Messenger

1947 to 1963

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1951 Mr W Wilby Manager MBM-Sp51P47.jpg

1951 to 1952 Mr K Hartley joined the bank here MBM-Su68P23.jpg

1951 to 1956 Mr F Simpson MBM-Su68P49.jpg

1951 to 1961 Mr R Westall Manager MBM-Su61P55.jpg

1953 to 1957 Mr W C M Perkins Pro Manager MBM-Sp67P53.jpg

1959 Mr J Clegg MBM-Wi68P54.jpg

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Mr W Wilby

Manager

1943 to 1951

Mr K Hartley

Joined the Bank Here

1951 to 1952

Mr F Simpson

On the Staff

1951 to 1957

Mr R Westall

Manager

1951 to 1961

Mr W C M Perkins

Pro Manager

1953 to 1957

Mr J Clegg

On the Staff

1959

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1959 to 1963 Mr HV Jobling Pro Manager then Accountant MBM-Sp65P06 - Copy.jpg

1961 to 1963 Mr G A Weatherburn Asst then Sub Manager MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1962 to 1963 Mr F Dixon Assistant Manager MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1962 to 1963 Mr G Catton pro Manager from 1968 MBM-Su68P13 - Copy.jpg

1965 Miss JM King Cashier MBM-Sp65P47.jpg

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Mr H V Jobling

Pro Manager

1959 to 1963

Mr Gerald Carey

Joined the Bank Here

1960 to 1961

Mr G A Weatherburn

Sub then Asst Manager

1961 to 1963

Mr F Dixon Assistant Manager

1962 to 1963

Mr G Catton

On Staff from 1962

Pro Manager from 1968

Miss J M King

Cashier

1965

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-36-20 Burnley St James Street

Full Branch

69 St James Street Burnley Lancashire

104 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Burnley 2552

Nightsafe Installed

Mr E G Earnshaw Manager

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Pre 1928

3 January 1928

31 May 1963

Currently

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Closed

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