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Three Lives…


Messrs Grundys and Wood begin a banking service at 26 Silver Street Bury in 1798, that becomes the Bury Banking Company in 1836.  Martins Bank’s Branch at 26 Silver Street bears some of the emblems of the Bury Bank. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank takes over in 1888, and amalgamates with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins in 1928 to form Martins Bank.  Our images show the Silver Street Branch in three incarnations – below as a branch of Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, and also Barclays, and here on the right as a Branch of Martins. Closed in 2010, the building still exudes safety, stability and security and shows how small scale grandeur can still be 100% effective. 

In service: On or around 1 July 1836 – 15 July 2010

As Martins Bank limited

Image © Barclays

As the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections – W N Townson Bequest

As Barclays Bank Limited

Image © Barclays

We have no interior images of 26 Silver Street as it is in Martins’ time, but Barclays have kindly supplied two colour shots of the interior from the late 1970s/early 1980s, which are shown below.  We also have this close up (left) of the main exterior doorway, either side of which is placed a Martins Bank sign.

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Images © Barclays

For our feature, we eavesdrop on the goings on at 26 Silver Street Bury on the occasion of the retirement of their long-serving machine room supervisor, Joan Lord…

1969 02 MBM.jpgon the evening of March 31 some sixty present and former members of Bury branch and Miss Goddard (District Lady Supervisor) met together at Silver Street to give their good wishes to Joan Lord. Presenting her with a crocodile leather handbag, Mr Isherwood (Manager, Bury) thanked her for her outstanding loyalty over thirty-two years and said how much her help and expert knowledge would be missed. Miss Lord began her career at The Rock and moved to Bury in 1955 where for the past eighteen years she has been the senior lady in charge of the machine room. In a brief but charming speech Miss Lord acknow­ledged the good wishes and the present, then invited her guests to an excellent buffet meal. Conversation about ‘the good old days’ continued well into the evening among the many former members of the Bury staff brought together by the occasion.

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On the way to the future…

From the many examples of cheques and cheque books in our archive, comes this Bury cheque from the early 1960s.  This is a time of change for banking, and even cheques themselves are redesigned and made ready for the computer age, through the addition of the “MICR Line” – those futuristic looking numbers which are printed onto the cheque using a special magnetised iron oxide ink.  At this point the printing of a customer’s name on his or her cheques is being tested by Martins Bank’s automated branches in Liverpool and London…

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The cheque book ordering slip shows a fee of three shillings and fourpence to be paid for a book of twenty cheques.  This represents Stamp Duty, (a government tax) of tuppence on every cheque written.

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Silver Street



36 The Rock



Market Place










26 Sliver Street                Elton

1 The Rock                      Tottington


2 Market Place



14 Market Place










2 The Rock



Address not held





1903 to 1912 Mr W W Hall Joined the service here MBM-Su46P16.jpg

1913 Mr S A Buxton joined the bank here MBM-Wi56P49.jpg

1915 to 1930 Mr F Lee joined the bank here MBM-Su59P50.jpg

1920 to 1920 Mr F C Hardman joined the bank here MBM-Sp55P05.jpg

1923 to 1923  Mr L Taylor MBM-Su49P19.jpg






Mr W W Hall

Joined the Bank Here

1903 to 1912

Mr S A Buxton

Joined the Bank Here


Mr F Lee

Joined the Bank Here

1915 to 1930

Mr F C Hardman

Joined the Bank Here

1920 to 1920

Mr E K Landless

Joined the Bank Here


Mr L Taylor

On the Staff

1923 to 1923

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1926 Mr T S Collinge joined the bank here MBM-Su60P52.jpg

1928 Mr S Gee joined the bank here MBM-Su55P04.jpg

1931 to 1934 Mr K Whittle joined the bank here MBM-Su67P02.jpg

1937 to 1941 Mr E H Brown Sub Manager MBM-Su46P20.jpg

1939 to 1939 Mr H S Wilkinson joined the bank here MBM-Wi63P08.jpg

1939 Mr S M Dearden joined the bank here and later sub Manager 1961 to 1964 MBM-Sp64P05.jpg






Mr T S Collinge

Joined the Bank Here


Mr S Gee

Joined the Bank Here


Mr K Whittle

Joined the Bank Here

1931 to 1934

Mr E H Brown

Sub Manager

1937 to 1941

Mr H S Wilkinson

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1939

Mr S M Dearden

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1940

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1941 to 1942 Mr W F S Richmond MBM-Wi63P06.jpg






Mr W F S Richmond

On the Staff

1940 to 1941

Mr C E Harris


1941 to 1947

Mr T England

Sub Manager

1941 to 1952

Mr C Spencer

Acting Manager

1943 to 1945

Miss Brenda Lowe

On the Staff

Jan to Jun 1945

Mr A Scholes


1945 to 1946






1947 to 1949 G Farrow joined the bank here MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1951 to 1956 Mr L Richards Pro then sub Manager MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1951 to 1969 Miss J A Lord Machine Room Supervisor MBM-Su69P61.jpg

1952 to 1952 Mr T Whittaker joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P07.jpg






Mr T Longworth

Joined the Bank Here

1945 to 1947

Mr G Farrow

Joined the Bank Here

1947 to 1949

Mr H M Nield


1947 to 1956

Mr L Richards

Pro then Sub Manager

1951 to 1956

Miss J A Lord

Machine Room Supervisor

1951 to 1969

Mr T Whittaker

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1952

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1953 to 1968 Mr H Fletcher MBM-Wi68P56.jpg

1956 to 1964 Mr W Beswick Manager MBM-Wi64P53.jpg

1958 to 1962 Mr J Speak pro manager MBM-Su64P03.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr R B Blomeley Pro Manager MBM-Su65P06.jpg

1963 to 1966 Mr K Livesley Deputy Manager MBM-Sp64P06.jpg

1964 Mr HM Isherwood MBM-Wi64P05.jpg






Mr H Fletcher

On the Staff

1953 to 1968

Mr W A Beswick


1956 to 1964

Mr J Speak

Pro Manager

1958 to 1962

Mr R B Blomeley

Pro Manager

1962 to 1965

Mr K Livesley

Deputy Manager

1963 to 1966

Mr H M Isherwood


1964 onwards

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1965 Mr RW Kitchen pro Manager MBM-Su65P05.jpg

1966 Mr T Derbyshire Deputy Manager MBM-Su66P06.jpg

1967 Mr G Guiver pro Manager MBM-Au67P07.jpg

1968 Mr C Mitchell Deputy Manager MBM-Sp68P04.jpg






Mr R W Kitchen

Pro Manager


Mr T Derbyshire

Deputy Manager


Mr G Guiver

Pro Manager


Mr C Mitchell

Deputy Manager




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Index Number and District:







11-39-20 Bury

Full Branch

PO Box 33 26 Silver Street Bury Lancashire

717 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 764 5041/2 & 4360

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H M Isherwood Manager

11-148 Bury 8 Silver Street

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On or around 1 July 1836

12 January 1888

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

15 July 2010

Opened by the Bury Banking Company

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-16-08 Bury Silver Street

Closed and transferred to 1 Central Street

Bury - ELTON