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Martins Bank’s original Branch in Haslingden is opened in 1881 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, on the corner of REGENT STREET and Blackburn Road.  By 1937 the Bank needs more space and so a building is chosen at 34 Deardengate.  Our friends at Barclays Group Archives tell us that the minutes of the premises committee refer to a short period of closure in April 1939, to allow for some alterations to be made.

1960 s Haslingden Exterior COA BGA Ref 30-1215We can guess that this was perhaps to have this lovely carving of the Coat of Arms fitted above the door without things falling on the heads of the good folk of Rossendale!  At any rate, banking has continued there from that day until January 2014, when the Branch is closed by Barclays.

In Service: 1937 – 17 January 2014

1922 Branch Exterior as L and Y Bank WN Townson

Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1215

For our Haslingden feature, we go back to November 1953, and the retirement of Mr J Kay who at that point has been Manager at Haslingden for some seventeen years of his amazingly long forty-eight-year career…

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1954 01 MBM.jpg1936 to 1954 Mr J Kay Manager  MBM-Sp54P54.jpgOn November 30th, Mr. J. Kay retired from the position of Manager at Haslingden branch which he has held since 1936. He entered the service of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1916, was Assistant Cashier at Waterfoot in 1923, and received his first appointment, as Pro Manager at Rawtenstall, in 1934. On the last day of November, past and present members of the staff were entertained to tea by Mr. and Mrs. Kay, and Mr. J. Whittaker, the new Manager at Haslingden, presented a portable radio set to Mr. Kay, while Mrs. Kay received a bouquet of carnations from the lady members of the staff. In making the presentation, Mr. Whittaker spoke appreciatively of Mr. Kay's popularity, and, on behalf of his many friends, wished him a long and happy retirement.

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1215

Mr. H. M. Isherwood conveyed the good wishes of Manchester District Office, and spoke of his own happy association with Mr. Kay over a number of years. His sentiments were endorsed by those present, among them Mr. Spencer and Mr. Bremner of Blackburn branch and Mr. Maden of Bacup branch. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Man­chester District Committee of the Staff Association for a number of years, and received a token of appreciation of his service with them in the form of a Waterman propelling pencil.

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1923 to 1942 Mr T B Hamilton Pro Manager from 1938 MBM-Su59P51.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr W Warburton joined the bank here MBM-Au66P02.jpg

1948 to 1949 Mr J W Twissell MBM-Wi68P07.jpg

1953 to 1965 Mr J Whittaker Manager MBM-Wi65P53.jpg

1965 Mr H Slater Manager MBM-Wi65P05.jpg






Mt T B Hamilton

Pro Manager

1923 to 1942

Mr J Kay


1936 to 1953

Mr W Warburton

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1939

Mr J W Twissell

On the Staff

1948 to 1949

Mr J Whittaker


1953 to 1965

Mr H Slater


1965 onwards









Index Number and District:






11-37-40 Haslingden

Full Branch

34 Deardengate Haslingden Rossendale Lancashire

741 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Rossendale 6260

Night safe Installed

Mr H Slater Manager


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Haslingden Regent Street


April 1939

15 December 1969

17 January 2014

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed for alterations and reopened

Barclays Bank Limited 20-37-57 Haslingden

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

Haslingden Syke Side



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