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In the days before old banks become wine bars, some older branches are deemed unfit for purpose, and are ‘moved’ to newer purpose built premises. Such is Burnley, and the knocking down of the Savoy Cinema in Manchester Road provides a new and state of the art home for two of Martins’ oldest Burnley branches. Mr E G Earnshaw, Branch Manager, takes up the story…

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most 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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And so it was that on Whit Monday morning we found ourselves inter-sorting ledgers and records of every kind at one end of the office whilst in other parts plasterers plastered, joiners joined and paperhangers hung. The movement of several tons of cash across the town had created considerable interest as box-trucks, each holding 10 cwts, were man­handled on to a lorry under the protection of a posse of the Burnley Police Force and were safely transferred without the loss of anything more than a few tempers as those at the receiving end deplored the delay at the dispatching end and vice versa.

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Mr E G Earnshaw (Manager) with left to right the Mayor (Alderman J Lord) Mr J E Wadsworth of Samuel Taylor Son & Platt the architects Mr A Ashworth Borough Treasurer Mr J Taylor

Senior Partner in Samuel Taylor Son & Plait Mr G A Weatherburn (Sub Manager)

Mr C V Thornley Town Clerk

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The checking out of each branch and into the new office of the securities, deed boxes and other safe custody was a task occupying two full days and we defy (dare we?) the Inspectors on their next visit to find anything out of order in this portion of the strong room.

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We had tried to arrange for everyone to have some part of the week-end away from the exercise but such was the enthusiasm that quite a few who had no particular engagements turned up each day and, with the men in old flannels and the girls betrousered but never bewildered, we swept, mopped, polished and dusted, following on the heels of the workmen as they effectively, but oh! so gradually, moved through the building.

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It was not until 11.30 on Whit Monday night that the joiners and most of the staff called it a day, leaving the furnishers laying carpets and hanging curtains through the night, with the architect and Mr Jobling still on duty supervising operations until relieved by us all at 7.30 on Tuesday morning.

Thus Mr Jobling, who had controlled operations throughout, created a record that can never be beaten in working twenty-four hours' overtime in one day! We welcomed our first customers at 10 o'clock next morning and a civic visit at 11 a.m., not only proud of our lovely building but very proud of and grateful to so many who had never spared themselves to achieve what at one time seemed the impossible…

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The combined Burnley staffs

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Back Row

S Taylor (Messenger)

W D Wyness

Miss E M Webber

G Catton

D Hall

Miss F L H Wraw

A Westall (Relief Staff)

F J Bates

G Bunting (Messenger)

Middle Row

Miss M P Nicoll

R Tustin

Miss B Pilkington

E R Ollerton

Miss J Bullock

Miss S M Wood

Miss S Morris

Miss B J Cooper

Miss S R Hirst

Miss J M King

Miss A M Robinson

N Higson

Miss C De Looze

T M Nutter

Mrs A Holmes

Miss J Sant (Relief Staff)

Front Row

Miss J Higginbottom

F Harrison

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Miss M Calvert

C Holt

Mr G A Weatherburn (Sub Manager)

Mr E G Earnshlaw (Manager)

Mr H V Jobling (Pro Manager)

F Watson

Miss B Porrett

C Mitchell

Miss A D Hall

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1969: Progress in progress

After only six years, the first major hole to be made in the wall of the new Burnley branch, is to install a “hole in the wall”! Funny how at this stage, no-one quite knows what it will all lead to…

Above: Image © John Pettit 2013 and below: Image © Ian Ashton 2007

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The Bank’s Coat of Arms lives on in Burnley…



2007 Exterior Coat of Arms Ian Ashton MBA.jpgWe were delighted to receive these photographs which were taken in 2013 by John Pettit, and in  2007 by Ian Ashton, both of which show that the Martins Coat of Arms is still going strong on the side of Martins’ Branch building at 8 Manchester Road. Obviously built to last, this sign seems to have easily coped with all manner of weather conditions over more than fifty years!

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The following photographs demonstrate just how well the Burnley Branch building has survived the first fifty-one years of its life.  We are indebted to Robert Wade for the 2014 photo.  It is striking how little has changed, but also sad that the building is now empty…

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1963 – Newly Built and ready for action

2014 – Ready for yet another owner?

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Please note that staff working at Burnley before 1963 can be found

on the relevant pages for Burnley Hargreaves Street and Burnley St James’ Street

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1963 to 1965 Mr G A Weatherburn Sub Manager MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1963 to 1965 Mr HV Jobling Pro Manager then Accountant MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

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

1963 to 1968 Mr N Higson MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1963 to 1968 Mr S Taylor Messenger MBM-Au68P59.jpg

1964 Mr CD Mudd Manager MBM-Wi64P09.jpg

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Mr G A Weatherburn

Sub Manager

1963 to 1965

Mr H V Jobling

Pro Manager/

Accountant 1963-65

Mr G Catton

Pro Manager

1963 to 1968

Mr N Higson

On the Staff

1963 to 1968

Mr S Taylor


1963 to 1968

Mr C D Mudd


1964 onwards

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1964 Mr F Watson Chief Cashier MBM-Wi64P46.jpg

1965 Miss JM King Cashier MBM-Sp65P47.jpg

1965 to 1968 Mr R F Hopwood Deputy Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1966 Mr TB Whitehead Accountant MBM-Wi66P02.jpg

1967 Mr GT Bunting Messenger MBM-Wi67P42.jpg

1968 Mr IR Brander Deputy Manager MBM-Au68P07.jpg

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Mr F Watson

Chief Cashier


Miss J M King



Mr R F Hopwood

Deputy Manager

1965 to 1968

Mr T B Whitehead



Mr G T Bunting



Mr I R Brander

Deputy Manager


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1969 Anne Haggas Staff Member MBM-Su67P46.jpg

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Anne Haggas

On the Staff







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Index No and District:






11-36-20 Burnley

Full Branch

PO Box 20, 8 Manchester Road Burnley Lancs

104 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Burnley 27515

Nightsafe Installed

C D Mudd Manager

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11-36-20 COLNE ROAD


11-36-20 HABERGHAM


3 June 1963

15 December 1969

19 June 1991


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

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