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We are grateful to our friends at the Francis Frith Collection for this splendid image of Martins Bank’s Cross Hills Branch. Famous for the amazing foresight of Francis Frith in taking pictures of everyday life, the Frith Collection offers a fascinating look at how we used to live, through an enormous number of images from all over Britain and abroad 

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The Bank’s Branch at Cross Hills has a distinguished record of service – around 150 years and still counting, as Barclays continues to trade there in the twenty-first century.  Despite the closure of Branch Banks all over the United Kingdom, many of the original branches of the Craven Bank that passed first to the Bank of Liverpool and later to Martins Bank and Barclays, are still at the heart of their local communities today.  For how much longer this will continue, no-one can be certain, but Branches today are run on a “use it or lose it” basis!

In Service: Pre 1906 until Friday 17 November 2017

Image © 1965 The Francis Frith Collection Ref C278037 used here under licence

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Later on this page, we look at the double retirement of two members of the Cross Hills staff, and there is also the story from 1964 of an attempted robbery worthy of something from “Inspector George Gently”, but first the following extract adapted from FOUR CENTURIES OF BANKING Vol II (© MARTINS BANK LIMITED 1968) gives a flavour of the long history of the Craven Bank.  You can read more in our historical feature THE BANKS THAT BUILT MARTINS.

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All change at the Craven Bank

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{The 1800s sees several different partnerships in charge of the Craven Bank.  When the last of these comes to an end in 1880, it is decided to incorporate the bank as the Craven Bank Limited.  The Head Office is moved from Settle to Skipton, and the authorised capital of the bank increased to £1.2m.  Branches established by this point in the Craven’s history can be found at SKIPTON, (with sub branches at Barnoldswick and Gisburn), Settle, (with a sub branch at Long Preston), Keighley, (with sub branches at Bradford Cross Hills Haworth Denholme and Silsden), Ilkley, Burnley (with sub branches at Nelson and Padiham), Clitheroe, and Colne.}

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Image © 1965 The Francis Frith Collection Ref C278037

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Cross Hills Interior as Barclays ca. 1970

Image © Barclays Ref 30-0764

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A Double Retirement

Mr H. D. CLOUGH and Mr G. M. PETTY

the end of an era came to Keighley on the last day of May with the retirement of Harry Clough and George Petty; apart from their war service they had completed more than 66 years' continuous service at the branch and its sub branch, Cross Hills. At the time of their retirement Mr Clough was Assistant Manager at Keighley and Mr Petty, Clerk-in-Charge at Cross Hills. At their request there were no speeches at the joint ceremony which took place at Keighley branch on May 17th but Mr I. Buchanan (Liverpool District General Manager) was there to make the presentations on behalf of subscribers of a pair of silver candelabra to Mr Clough and a silver hors d'oeuvres dish to Mr Petty.

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He also brought with him the good wishes of the General Management. Both Mrs Clough and Mrs Petty were at the party and each was presented with a bouquet. Mr Clough joined the Keighley staff in 1928 after ten years at Burnley branch and was appointed Pro Manager in 1948 and Assistant Manager in 1960. Mr Petty entered the Bank at Otley in 1919 and served at llkley, Head Office and Birkenhead before his move to Keighley in 1932. His appointment as Clerk-in-Charge at Cross Hills came in 1946.

1960 to 1963 Mr H D Clough Assistant Manager MBM-Au63P55          1946 to 1963 Mr G M Petty Clerk in Charge MBM-Au63P55.jpg

Mr H D Clough                                    Mr G M Petty


Dicing with death at Cross Hills!

This sobering story comes from September 1964, when a desperate young man, not satified with owning THREE guns, kidnaps two young girls and makes a terrifying but ultimately cowardly attempt to extort money from Martins Bank at Cross Hills. our thanks go as ever to our friends at the British Newspaper Archive, without whose amazing work we might never have found this and countless other stories and advertisements relating to our Bank. If you think the plots of some of today’s TV dramas set in the 1960s might be a little far fetched, then perhaps you should think again!


Extract from The Birmingham Post

15 September 1964

Newspaper Image © LocalWorld/Trinity Mirror

Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive  


1940 to 1941 Mr F Wade MBM-Sp66P05.jpg

1946 to 1963 Mr G M Petty Clerk in Charge MBM-Au63P55.jpg

1956 to 1961 D Julian Taylor DJT

1963 to 1967 Mr AS Petty Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp67P05

1967 Mr E Shackleton Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp67P03






Mr Frank Wade

On the Staff

1940 to 1941

Mr G M Petty

Clerk in Charge

1946 to 1963

Mr Arnold F R Boddy

On the staff

1957 to 1958

Mr D J Taylor

On the Staff

1959 to 1960

Mr A S Petty

Clerk in Charge

1963 to 1967

Mr E Shackleton

Clerk in Charge








Index Number and District:






11-19-30 Cross Hills

Self accounting sub to 11-03-50 Keighley

Main Street Cross Hills Keighley Yorkshire

119 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Cross Hills 3132

Nightsafe installed

Mr E Shackleton pro Manager

Cross Channel Banking Service

Pre 1906

23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 17 November 2017

The Craven Bank

The Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-24-43 Cross Hills

Closed permanently from 12 noon