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Mercantile Bank of Lancashire

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When the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire amalgamates with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1904, Buxton is one of around forty branches that are taken on by the Lancashire and Yorkshire.  Nine of these are at key locations in Manchester, six on the Isle of Man, and four at cattle market agencies. 

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Although Buxton does survive the merger with Barclays in 1969, the branch is closed within twelve months.  In 1955 Martins Bank Magazine marks the retirement of Mr C E Aspinall, Manager of Buxton for the last nineteen of his forty-three years with Martins…

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1965 03

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At the end of May Mr. E. C. Aspinall retired after 43 years' service which commenced with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1912.

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In Service: Between 1890 and 1904 until 4 December 1970

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1968 Buxton Exterior BGA Ref 30-505

All branch Images © Barclays Ref 30/0505

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His service was at Shudehill and Great Ancoats Street branches prior to his appointment as Manager at Buxton in 1936. During the First World War Mr. Aspinall joined the Royal Fusiliers in 1915 and was wounded in France, being invalided out of the Army.  On the last day of May he entertained his staff to a meal and afterwards took them to a play at the Buxton Playhouse. Mrs. Aspinall and Mrs. Gilby were present but a number of colleagues were prevented from attending because of the railway strike. The presentation of a Parker pen set was made on behalf of the subscribers by Mr. Gilby, the new manager, who conveyed the good wishes of everyone for the future. Mrs. Aspinall was presented with a bouquet of carnations. Mr. Aspinall intends to devote his leisure to his interests in art, travel and voluntary work.

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In 1949, Martins Bank engages the services of the renowned artist Geoffrey Wedgewood to produce a series of images to be used in the Bank’s Advertising. The result is a set of beautiful drawings representing towns in Britain that had previously been under Roman Occupation. 

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Each of the Advertisements is headed with the Roman name of the town, and there is a short description in writing of the significance of that town in Roman Times.  Buxton – AQUAE – is represented by this image of fine buildings, a reminder of Buxton’s appeal to the gentry who derive health benefits from the town’s natural spa waters…

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A further retirement, marked at the end of October 1968 is tinged with sadness, when Mr Gilby, Manager of thirteen years’ service at Buxton, retires on grounds of ill health. Sadly this type of exit from the bank is all too common, and we wonder what stresses and strains of work, not to mention the dangers of working where smoking was freely permitted, had on some of Martins’ Bank’s staff.  Mr Gilby asks for a quiet send off, and accordingly the article in Martins Bank Magazine is short and to the point:

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At his specific request no formal ceremony marked the retirement on helth grounds of Mr Gilby on 31 October.  His 42 years’ service were all spent in Manchester District, apart from five years with H M Forces, and he had been Manager at Buxton since 1955.  Before his retirement he was entertained to lunch by his District General Manager in Manchester.

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1923 to 1943 Mr W S Royle Chief Clerk MBM-Au53P51.jpg

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Mr W S Royle

Chief Clerk

1923 to 1943

Mr P H Mellor

Joined the Bank Here

1926 to 1938

Mr E C Aspinall


1936 to 1955

Mr K Livesley

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1941

Mr W C Gilby


1955 to 1968

Mr C T Kennedy


1968 onwards

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5 The Quadrant


Terrace Road

Higher Buxton


28 Spring Gardens









1 The Quadrant


2 Spring Gardens


1 Cavendish Circus

High Street

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Index Number and District:






11-41-29 Buxton

Full Branch

28 Spring Gardens Buxton Derbyshire

718 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Buxton 3744

Nightsafe Installed

Mr C T Kennedy Manager

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Between 1890 and 1904

1 July 1904

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

4 December 1970

Opened by the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-16-34 Buxton Spring Gardens


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