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Colne comes to Martins Bank through the amalgamation in 1906 of the Craven Bank and the Bank of Liverpool.  Up to 1969 Colne has had a total of FIVE sub branches, scattered around that part of Lancashire. Colne Branch itself survives the 1969 merger with Barclays and remains opens to the end of May 2019.  In the first of two stories from Colne, we look at the amazing community work of a member of staff who has attained the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award…


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In Service: 1842 until 31 May 2019

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A rare shot of Colne Branch from 1939 - Image © Barclays Ref 0033-0155


A ‘gold’ – but not in Mexico

1968 Miss Lynda Preston (Article - A gold but not in Mexico) MBM-Wi68P47.jpg1968 04 MBM.jpgOur congratulations go to Lynda Preston of Colne Branch, who has just attained the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  Her success follows two years’ effort which involved her in practical experience of nursing, farming and Girls’ Brigade leadership, and writing theses on design and fashion. 

So rewarding did she find assisting with the hydro-therapy classes for children with physical disabilities at Colne baths that Lynda intends to help again next year.  The award will be presented to her at Buckingham Palace by the Duke of Edinburgh.

For our second story, we visit the branch in 1963 and join the retirement party for Mr Kinder who has not simply managed Colne branch for the last nine years, his career spans an incredible forty-four years including opening a branch that could not be further away from Colne, at EXETER.  The destruction of Exeter Branch by enemy bombing in 1942 is featured in our MARTINS AT WAR section…

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Restored Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections


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1963 03 MBM.jpg1954 to 1963 Mr T H Kinder Manager MBM-Au63P57.jpgTo mark the occasion of the retirement of Mr T. H. Kinder, Manager of Colne branch for the past nine years, friends and colleagues gathered at the Hendley Hotel, Colne, on the evening of June 28th. After an excellent buffet tea, Mr K. W. Baxter, second man at the branch, opened the formal part of the proceedings, wel­coming Mr I. Buchanan (Liverpool District General Manager) and all others present and paying tribute to Mr Kinder on behalf of his staff.

Mr Buchanan, presenting a cheque and cigarette lighter, thanked Mr Kinder most sincerely for his 44 years of service to the Bank and mentioned the active life he has led in Rotary, Masonry and, indeed, ‘Golfery’ as well. He described Mr Kinder as ‘one of nature’s gentlemen’ and this, together with the!thought that no surname could have been truer to the person, was warmly applauded.  In his reply, Mr Kinder sketched lightly through his career – from his ‘salad days’ as junior at Clitheroe in 1919, to Keighley and his first tour of duty in Colne in 1927, through to his managerships at Exeter, which he opened in 1939, Garston, Settle and, ulti­mately, Colne.

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He supposed that the reason for the unexpected inclusion of a lighter in his farewell present was in some way due to the fact that he never seemed to have a light of his own and, to those of us who have had the pleasure of working with him, this is just one of those human qualities which endeared him to us all. Finally, in a short but delightful little speech, Miss Margaret Hall, the senior lady of the Colne staff, wished Mr and Mrs Kinder well in their retirement and presented a bouquet to Mrs Kinder.

These images, kindly donated by Alan Pritchard, show the Manager’s Room at Colne shortly after the merger with Barclays, a specimen cheque from the 1950s and (above right) the ornate branch clock.














1906 Mr Demain Smith MBM-Au47P19.jpg

1911 to 1913 approx Mr T E Green MBM-Au53P51.jpg

1919 to 1922 Mr A W Hindle  MBM-Wi49P10.jpg

1921 to 1935 Mr Eric G Earnshaw joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P55.jpg

1932 to 1935 Mr C J Verity Manager MBM-Au46P04.jpg






Mr Demain Smith

On trhe Staff


Mr T E Green

On the Staff

1911 to 1913

Mr A W Hindle

On the Staff

1919 to 1922

Mr Eric G Earnshaw

Joined the Bank Here

1921 to 1935

Mr T H Kinder

On the Staff 1927-39

Manager 1954-63

Mr C J Verity


1932 to 1935

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1944 to 1945 Mr D Ingham joined the bank here MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1953 to 1963 Mr M Petty MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

1957 to 1960 Mr R F Hopwood Later Manager from 1968 MBM-Su65P07.jpg






Mr D Ingham

Joined the Bank Here

1944 to 1945

Mr D Fielden

On the Staff

1953 to 1954

Mr M Petty

On the Staff

1953 to 1963

Mr H G Proger

Pro Manager


Mr R Newton

Joined the Bank Here


Mr R F Hopwood

On staff 1957 to 1960

Manager 1968 onwards

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1961 to 1965 Mr K W Baxter Pro Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1963 to 1968 Mr F Dixon Manager MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr W Long pro Manager MBM-Su65P05.jpg

1967 Barbara Makin Staff Member MBM-Su67P42.jpg

1967 Mr JM McMinn pro Manager MBM-Wi67P01.jpg

1968 Miss Lynda Preston MBM-Wi68P47.jpg






Mr K W Baxter

Pro Manager

1961 to 1965

Mr F Dixon


1963 to 1963

Mr W Long

Pro Manager

1965 to 1967

Miss Barbara Makin

On the Staff


Mr J M McMinn

Pro Manager


Miss Lynda Preston

On the Staff





Index Number and Distirct:






11-05-30 Colne

Full Branch

PO Box 30 34 Church Street Colne Lancashire

106 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Colne 147/8

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R P Hopwood Manager


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23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

31 May 2019

The Craven Bank

The Bank of Liverpool

The Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-22-82 Colne Church Street

Closed permanently from 12 noon

Colne 4 Market Street


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