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This is Todmorden Branch, opened in 1875 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, surviving one hundred and twenty-five years until closure under Barclays in April 2000. Todmorden, despite being in Yorkshire, is one of those places that suffers under the dreaded “postal” address – a British phenomenon that sees children all over the country growing up believing they live in a different county. In the twenty-first Century this plays havoc with sat nav, and wastes everyone’s time.  It seems this was even a thorny issue fifty years ago, when Martin Bank Magazine paid a visit to Todmorden Branch…

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1966 02 MBM.jpgon the first Tuesday in April snow was still lying on the Pennines; in Todmorden, a grey township where the Calder becomes a river instead of a clough, the grey snow was slushy on grey pavements under a grey sky and the rain which had been with us from Liverpool, along with a chill wind, helped to give and impression of November.  Inside Todmorden branch things were much brighter; the staff were still a little surprised that we should pick on them, particularly Mr Halstead only recently back from the Senior Training Course at Southport, but a branch that has changed little since 1875 can meet most situations calmly.

 

It still shows a healthy profit in a town still predominantly dependent on cotton, with a population down from 26,000 to 16,000 and a negligible number of unemployed. Todmorden is now wholly in Yorkshire but the days when the county boundary split the town hall so that councillors haran­gued each other across the line are still remembered.  The postal address remains Lancashire but that is just to fool you—like the roads. In Lancashire there is a neighbourly mateyness about the roads. Burnley, for example, has a Todmorden Road; Bacup has Rochdale, Burnley and Todmorden Roads, each one leading to the town named; Todmorden reciprocates with Rochdale, Bacup and Burnley Roads.Leading eastwards down the Calder Valley from Todmorden is Halifax Road, which seemed to hint that all might not be well.

 

1966 Todmorden Staff MBM-Su66P21We followed it for four miles with the snowy hills beginning to crowd in on each side and arrived in Hebden Bridge where, sure enough, Halifax Road was now King Street: obviously Hebden Bridge at some time felt it had been done wrong by and reacted firmly. Nearby there are some enthralling place names—Slack Bottom, Slack Top, New Delight, Popples and even Horrodiddle—but no Todmorden Road. What is more, when the road emerges again to pass on down the valley it has become Burnley Road—Burnley being nearly 13 miles to the North West through Todmorden. That is rubbing it in!

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1918 to 1929 Mr J M Baldwin joined the bank here MBM-Au62P56.jpg

1926 Mr S Walker joined the bank here MBM-Sp69P56.jpg

1939 to 1941 Mr J G Crossley joined the gbank here MBM-Sp69P09.jpg

1943 to 1952 Mr E L Bentley Manager MBM-Au52P53.jpg

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Mr J M Baldwin

Joined the Bank Here

1918 to 1929

Mr S Walker

Joined the Bank Here

1926

Mr J G Crossley

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1941

Mr E L Bentley

Manager

1943 to 1952

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1955 to 1959 Mr S Wilson Manager MBM-Au66P51.jpg

1966 Miss S Brewer MBM-Su66P21.jpg

1966 Mr N Pearson MBM-Su66P21.jpg

1966 Miss Y A Greenwood MBM-Su66P21.jpg

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Mr S Wilson

Manager

1955 to 1959

Miss S Brewer

On the Staff

1966

Mr N Pearson

On the Staff

1966

Miss Y A Greenwood

On the Staff

1966

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1966 Mr R Shepherd MBM-Su66P21.jpg

1966 Mr RS Halstead Manager MBM-Sp66P06.jpg

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Mr R Shepherd

On the Staff

1966

Mr R S Halstead

Manager

1966 onwards

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index No and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-56-80 Todmorden

Full Branch

1 Bridge Street Todmorden Yorkshire

785 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Todmorden 3173

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R S Halstead Manager

31 May 1875

1928

15 December 1969

7 April 2000

2015

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-86-80 Todmorden Bridge Street

Closed

Financial/Property Services

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