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Craven Bank

The Craven Bank opens a Branch at Nelson in 1880, which serves customers continuously until 7 June 2019.  At the time of the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1928, a second office in Manchester Road – at Nos 59 to 65 – is added from the portfolio of Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank Branches. This duplication does however prove to be “one too many” for Martins Bank, who in 1931 takes the decision to close 59 to 65 Manchester Road, less than three years after the amalgamation of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank and the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited.   Our Nelson feature shines the spotlight on Mr Fred Holgate, who after forty-five years in the Bank retires in 1962 having been Manager of Nelson Branch for fifteen years…


In Service: 1880 until 7 June 2019

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1963

1962 03 MBM.jpgIn connection with his retirement after 45 years' service Mr Fred Holgate gave a small party at the Lord Nelson Hotel on July 27th, to which he invited the present staff of Nelson branch together with all those who had worked with him during his fifteen years as Manager at Nelson.   

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1947 to 1962 Mr F Holgate Manager MBM-Au62P54.jpgBetween 50 and 60 people were present. Mr. Ian Buchanan (District General Manager) came from Liverpool to make the presentation on behalf of the subscribers of a pair of binoculars and a set of pipes (smoker's, not bag!). Mr. Cockroft expressed the appreciation of the male members present of Mr. Holgate's kindness and understanding over the years. In his reply Mr. Holgate spoke warmly and appreciatively of the assistance and co-operation he had always received from the staff. Miss Whitaker, the senior lady, made an excellent little speech on behalf of the ladies and presented Mrs. Holgate with a bouquet of carnations. Mr. Holgate entered the Bank in 1917 at Nelson, and spent the first 20 years of his service there. In 1937 he joined the Head Office inspection team and was appointed an Inspector. He became Manager at Nelson in 1947 and has been there ever since, making 35 years in all at the one branch. Incidentally, during the past 57 years there have been only three managers at this branch.

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1963

After providing Nelson Branch with a mid-sixties external makeover, the two gentlemen from Pearce Signs Limited take a well-earned breather before the job of taking those long ladders safely down. It looks like they had to do this job in the pouring rain, and despite the age of and damage to this photograph, the Martins name shines through.

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1909 to 1951 Mr G M Whitefield Assistant Manager MBM-Au51P23.jpg

1915 to 1921 Mr Demain Smith 1929 to 1937 Asst Man then 1937 to 1947 Manager MBM-Au47P19.jpg

1924 Mr T Haighton Joined the service here MBM-Au46P17.jpg

Mr T E Green

Joined the Bank Here

1906 to 1911

Mr A W Hindle

Joined the Bank Here


Mr G M Whitefield

Assistant Manager

1909 to 1951

Mr Demain Smith

On Staff 1915-21

Asst Manager 1927-37

Manager 1937-47

Mr T Haighton

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J P Catlow

Joined the Bank Here

1940 to 1943

1940 to 1945 Mr L S Lucas Pro Manager MBM-Wi57P49.jpg

1946 to 1949 Mr F Simpson joined the bank here MBM-Su68P49.jpg

1947 to 1962 Mr F Holgate Manager MBM-Au62P54.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr R S Atkinson MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1951 to 1961 later 1968 Mr N Higson pro Manager MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1952 to 1953 Mr R Williamson MBM-Au66P03.jpg

Mr L S Lucas

Pro Manager

1940 to 1945

Mr F Simpson

Joined the Bank Here

1946 to 1949

Mr F Holgate Manager

1947 to 1962

Mr R S Atkinson

On the Staff

1950 to 1951

Mr N Higson

On the Staff 1951-61

Pro Manager 1968

Mr R Williamson

On the Staff

1952 to 1953

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1954 to 1956 R H Mahon joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P06.jpg

1956 to 1959 Mr D Mellin Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P57.jpg

1959 to 1961 Mr KW Baxter Pro Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1962 to 1968 Mr H Haworth Manager MBM-Au68P54.jpg

1962 onwards Mr J N Slater Manager MBM-Wi66P37

1966 to 1967 Mr AB Pitts Assistant Manager MBM-Su66P05.jpg

Mr R H Mahon

Joined the Bank Here

1954 to 1956

Mr D Mellin

Pro Manager

1956 to 1959

Mr K W Baxter

Pro Manager

1959 to 1961

Mr H Haworth

Pro Manager

1961 to 1968

Mr J N Slater


1962 onwards

Mr A B Pitts

Assistant Manager

1966 to 1967

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1967 Pamela Hanson Staff Member MBM-Su67P43.jpg

1968 Mr W Long Manager MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

1969 Mr R Bates Assistant Manager MBM-Sp69P08.jpg

Miss Pamela Hanson

On the Staff


Mr W Long

Assistant Manager

1968 onwards

Mr R Bates

Assistant Manager







2 Leeds Road



28-34 Manchester Road
















Index Number and District:






11-27-60 Nelson

Full Branch

PO Box 9 28/34 Manchester Road Nelson Lancashire

110 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Nelson 64278/9

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J N Slater Manager


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23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 June 2019

Opened by the Craven Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-58-83 Nelson Manchester Road

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

Nelson 59-65 Manchester Road



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