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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

St Ann’s Square is another in the long list of Manchester branches acquired from the merger of the Bank of Liverpool with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank.  Whilst we are still looking for a Martins period image of this branch, we are grateful to Alan Thomond for this contemporary view showing the magnificence of this corner building. There is also an image in our “then and now” feature below, which shows the building under Barclays in the 1980s. If you can help with images and/or memories of this or any of the 1000+ Martins Branch Buildings, please do get in touch with us. Our feature looks at the retirement gathering for Mr Fawcett, who is leaving St Ann’s Square in June 1963, after a career of forty-four years.  He has held the position of Pro Manager at the branch for the last eight years.  Then the spotlight falls on Mr Kershaw, who is featured in “People Like You” in Martins Bank Magazine’s Autumn 1965 issue…

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1963 03 MBM.jpgA party of some thirty past and present colleagues gathered at St Ann's Square branch on June 28th to mark the retirement of Alan Fawcett after 44 years of loyal and conscientious service to the Bank. Mr C. H. Jones, the Manager, expressed on behalf of all Mr Fawcett's colleagues very good wishes for many long years of health and happiness and presented the gifts of a silver tea service and an inscribed tray.

In Service: 29 September 1922 until 25 September 2009

designated 17-23 St Ann’s Square and closed 23 June 2022


Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections - Alan Thomond 2016

1955 to 1963 Mr A C Fawcett Pro Manager MBM-Au63P60.jpgHe also presented a flowering plant to Mrs Fawcett who was especially welcomed.  The presence of Mr Manser (Manchester District Superintendent of Branches) was appreciated and he conveyed publicly the good wishes of the District Management which earlier in the day had been personally given by Mr E. H. Priestley (District General Manager) at luncheon. Mr Fawcett replied briefly, thanking his colleagues for their friendship over the years and for the gifts which would be treasured and used in their new home at Looe, Cornwall. Following the speeches a most lavish spread of refreshments arranged by Mr and Mrs Fawcett was enjoyed, the centre piece being a beautiful iced cake decorated with the years '1919-1963'. Mr Fawcett entered the Lan­cashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1919 and, apart from four years with H.M. Forces, spent all his banking life in the Manchester District. He received his first appointment at Ardwick branch in 1947, moving to St Ann's Square in 1955 as Pro Manager.

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Money Round the Clock…

Having been beaten by Barclays in the race to install the World’s first cash dispenser, Martins can rightfully claim the first machine in the North – Liverpool Church Street, 31 October 1967 - AND it is the first machine to work with a plastic card and PIN.  Barclays’ first machines used special paper cheques with a number of holes punctured through them in connection with a drawer mechanism operated by inputting a six-figure code. With the Barclays merger still a few months round the corner, Martins opened its second “Martins Auto Cashier” machine in the wall of Manchester St Ann’s Branch. It began dispensing packs of £1 notes to customers on Wednesday 13 March 1968.  It would still be another five years or so before the technology of the cash machine enabled connection to a mainframe computer, and in that respect, Martins was now out of the race, having been subsumed into Barclays who were then pipped to the post themselves, by Lloyds Bank – who were first to computerise the cash machine, AND first to choose perhaps the best and easiest to remember names for it – Cashpoint!  You can read how the cash machine changed British Saturday mornings forever, by visiting our technology section HERE .


Newspaper Text © Reach PLC and Find my Past created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image and Text reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive


People like you…

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1965 Mr RP Kershaw First Cashier MBM-Au65P49.jpg1965 03.jpgAn occasional feature in Martins Bank Magazine, is “People like you” – designed to appeal to staff at all levels and promote interest amongst colleagues about each other’s jobs, hobbies and interests. Alongside other features such as “Accounting for Charm”, “Counter Attraction” and “Men in Uniform”, “People like you” runs for several issues of the magazine before being replaced by one of the other features mentioned.  In the Autumn 1965 Issue, it is the turn of Mr R P Kershaw, First Cashier at St Ann’s Sqaure, to be put under the spotlight…




First Cashier at St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Mr R P Kershaw is Hon. Treasurer of the Manchester Dog Show Society, a judge for the cocker spaniels and a former Secretary of the Cocker Spaniel Club of all England.  A keen gardener, he always wears a buttonhole.

Although we have no views of St Ann’s Square during Martins Bank’s time, we do have a photo from 1985 when Barclays were still operating from the building, to compare with Alan Thomond’s 2016 image…

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1828-01

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections - Alan Thomond

1933 to 1934 Mr P W Goostrey Pro Manager MBM-Wi59P49

1934 to 1937 Mr J N Powell joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P52

1934 to 1940 Mr R Tonge Pro Manager MBM-Au53P10

1939 to 1940 Mr G Allen MBM-Wi66P02

1941 to 1941 Mr R S H Pawlyn Joint Manager MBM-Wi48P13

1941 to 1941 Mr W G F Jessop Manager MBM-Su55P50






Mr P W Goostrey

Pro Manager

1933 to 1934

Mr J N Powell

Joined the Bank Here

1934 to 1937

Mr R Tonge

Pro Manager

1934 to 1940

Mr G Allen

On the Staff

1939 to 1940

Mr R S H Pawlyn

Joint Manager

1941 to 1941

Mr W G F Jessop


1941 to 1941

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1942 to 1942 Mr C Knowles MBM-Su65P04

1942 to 1946 Mr F N Openshaw Manager MBM-Su46P16

1943 to 1946 Mr H A Bullough Sub Manager MBM-Au47P24

1946 to 1947  Mr O A Cooper Manager MBM-Wi53P52

1953 to 1960 Mr S M Lee Manager MBM-Wi60P56

1955 to 1963 Mr A C Fawcett Pro Manager MBM-Au63P60






Mr C Knowles

On the Staff

1942 to 1942

Mr F N Openshaw


1942 to 1946

Mr H A Bullough

Sub Manager

1943 to 1946

Mr O A Cooper


1946 to 1947

Mr S M Lee


1953 to 1960

Mr C A Fawcett

Pro Manager

1955 to 1963






1958 to 1965 sub manager later 1968 Mr H Johnes Manager MBM-Sp68P04

1960 to 1968 Mr C H Jones Manager MBM-Sp68P06

1963 Mr G Ramsell Pro Manager MBM-Wi63P08

1963 Mr V R Norton Pro Manager MBM-Wi63P08

1965 Mr BR Chadwick Assistant Manager MBM-Su65P07

1965 Mr RP Kershaw First Cashier HS MBM-Au65P49






Mr H Johnes

Sub Manager 1958 to 1965

Manager 1968 onwards

Mr C H Jones


1960 to 1968

Mr G Ramsell

Pro Manager

1963 to 1966

Mr V R Norton

Pro Manager


Mr B R Chadwick

Assistant Manager


Mr R P Kershaw

First Cashier


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1966 Mr G Kilner pro Manager MBM-Su66P06

1967 Mr JW Ottoway Assistant Manager MBM-AU67P05

1969 Mr J P Smith Assistant Manager MBM-Au69P10






Mr G Kilner

Pro Manager


Mr J W Ottoway

Assistant Manager


Mr J P Smith

Assistant Manager








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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-33-70 Manchester St Ann's Square

Full Branch

PO Box 550, St Ann's Square Manchester 2

776 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 834 8475/7

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Johnes Manager


Manchester Slade Lane

29 September 1922

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

25 September 2009

23 June 2022

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Ltd  20-55-03 Manchester 17 St Ann’s Square

Location redesignated 17-23 St Ann’s Square

Closed permanently from 12 noon

Manchester West Didsbury




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