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West Riding Union Bank

A good number of Martins Bank’s Branches have long and distinguished histories, none more so than Huddersfield Market Place which comes to the Bank in 1928 through the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. The building is the former Head Office of the West Riding Union Banking Company Limited which is absorbed by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank in 1902.  In its heyday, the West Riding Union Bank issues its own banknotes, but as a small bank it can no longer survive independently.  Banks all over the UK are made up in this way, from hundreds of smaller banks in a merger process that seems never ending in the late nineteenth and early twentieth Centuries. The branch at Huddersfield Market Place goes on to become part of Martins and eventually Barclays. In our picture we see it in its Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank days. We do have below a shot of the building from its time as a Branch of Martins Bank, but we are still looking for a clearer image.

In Service: Pre 1902 until October 1978


Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection: W N Townson Bequest

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Images © Martins Bank Archive Collections



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1914 to 1915 MR H V Mitchell MBM-Wi57P45.jpg

1916 Mr C Thornton joined the bank here MBM-Wi55P46.jpg

1917 to 1946 Mr J A Parkin MBM-Au50P09.jpg

1923 to 1928 Mr E V Fielding Pro Manager MBM-Au54P47.jpg

1923 to 1938 Mr H S Kaye  pro Manager from 1935 MBM-Wi52P48.jpg






Mr H W Williamson

On the Staff 1910 to 1928

Accountant 1927 to 1928

Mr H V Mitchell

On the Staff

1914 to 1915

Mr C Thornton

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J A Parkin

On the Staff

1917 to 1946

Mr E V Fielding

Pro Manager

1923 to 1928

Mr H S Kaye

Pro Manager

1923 to 1928

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1927 to 1937 Mr D McNair MBM-Sp68P51.jpg

1928 to 1928 Mr A N Smith joined the bank here MBM-Au66P03.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr S M Lee Pro Manager MBM-Wi60P56.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr T Thornton joined the bank here MBM-Au68P15.jpg






Mr G F Howarth

Joined the Bank Here


Mr D McNair

On the Staff

1927 to 1937

Mr A N Smith

Joined the Bank Here

1928 to 1928

Mr S M Lee

Pro Manager

1938 to 1939

Mr T Thornton

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1940

Mr T Whittaker

Pro Manager

1939 to 1947

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1945 to 1947 then 1965 to 1968 Mr P J Crankshaw Assistant Manager MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

1946 to 1950 Mr Thomas Heald Accountant MBM-Wi59P50.jpg

1953 to 1963 Mr J E Leake Manager MBM-Sp63P54.jpg






Mr P J Crankshaw

On the Staff 1945 to 1947

Asst Manager 1965 to 1968

Mr Stanley C Owen


1945 to 1953

Mr P D Dyson

Joined the Bank Here

1946 to 1947

Mr Thomas Heald


1946 to 1950

Mr G V M Earles

Joined the Bank here


Mr J E Leake


1953 to 1963

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1957 to 1962 Mr I A M Bremner Accountant MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1960 to 1965 Mr A K Bromley Assistant Manager then Manager from 1963 MBM-Wi65P03.jpg

1963 to 1965 Mr D M Pollard Pro Manager MBM-Sp65P05.jpg

1963 to 1965 Mr GW Parkinson Assistant Manager MBM-Su65P03.jpg

1965 Mr J Speak Manager MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1965 to 1966 Mr AM Ellis pro Manager MBM-Sp65P08.jpg






Mr I A Bremner


1957 to 1962

Mr A K Bromlay

Asst Manager 1960-62

Manager 1963 to 1965

Mr D M Pollard

Pro Manager

1963 to 1965

Mr G W Parkinson

Assistant Manager

1963 to 1965

Mr J Speak


1965 onwards

Mr A M Ellis

Pro Manager

1965 to 1966

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1966 Pauline Parkin Accounts MBM-Sp66P44.jpg

1966 to 1969 Mr PF Sharpe pro then asst Manager MBM-Wi66P03.jpg






Miss Pauline Parkin

Machine Room Staff


Mr P F Sharpe

Pro then Asst Manager

1965 to 1969

Mr F A Beresford

Pro Manager






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Index Number and District:






11-84-40 Huddersfield Market Place

Full Branch

PO Box B10 27 Market Place Huddersfield Yorkshire

748 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Huddersfield 21144/6

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J Speak Manager





Huddersfield Cloth Hall Street

Pre 1902

15 July 1902

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

October 1978

Opened by the West Riding Union Bank Limited

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-43-05 Huddersfield 27 Market Place


Huddersfield Westgate