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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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Martins Bank’s branch at Urmston, is acquired through the 1928 amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank.  We see it here towards the end of its life as Martins in 1969, the merger sign already placed to the left of the front door. Urmston survives the merger until the end of May 2019, but its sub branch at nearby FLIXTON is not so lucky. Although the branch has always been at 12 Crofts Bank Road, it is clear from the image that the frontage has undergone a revamp at some time in the 1960s. We have a number of interior images and this slightly older exterior:

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Our first Urmston feature is short but sweet, featuring a member of staff’s involvement with the release of a Morecambe and Wise Film in 1965. Then we take a look at a vintage Urmston cheque before finally we say goodbye to Mr Cudworth, who retires in 1965 after fifteen years as Manager of Urmston Branch…

In Service: 1908 until 31 May 2019


Image © Barclays Ref 0030-3018

Bring me sunshine…

1965 Miss Jackie Hoare wins cinema competition MBM-Su65P37Some staff have all the luck, and one of them is Jackie Hoare from Urmston, who in the Spring of 1965 fulfills an unusual role connected with the exploits of one of Britain’s most loved comedy partnerships.  Martins Bank Magazine explains, in this brief extract from their Summer 1965 number…

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1965 02 MBM.jpgMiss Jackie Hoare of our Urmston branch (seen on the right of this photograph) is one of 14 girls chosen from more than one hundred applicants in the Manchester area to distribute programmes and act as hostess at the charity world premiere of the Morecambe and Wise film The Intelligence Men at the Odeon Cinema, Manchester, on March 25th. At the end of the performance all concerned were entertained to a supper at the Midland Hotel.

Wartime Banking…

This Urmston cheque is from World War II.  It comes from a run of cheques printed for the Branch in February 1943. At this time a number of Martins’ Manchester District Branches use this particular design in salmon pink. They also display the letters M/C next to the National Number (an early form of sorting code number) to indicate the Manchester District. The amount in figures has yet to be moved to the right hand side of the cheque… There are a number of variations to be found around the country until the early 1960s when cheques begin to be standardised in readiness for computerisation.

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Farewell, Mr Cudworth…


mr cudworth, Manager of Urmston branch, entertained with his wife more than twenty past and present colleagues to a cocktail party at the branch on April 29th to mark his retirement. Among those present were Mr E. H. Priestley (Man­chester District General Manager) and Mr J. Speak (Manchester District Inspector). At Mr Cudworth's request there was no formal presentation ceremony but earlier in the day Mr F. Highley (Pro Manager) had handed him a cheque on behalf of sub­scribers and Mr Cudworth intends to buy a transistor radio.

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030/3018

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A bouquet was presented to Mrs Cudworth by Miss M. Booker. The previous week Mr and Mrs Cudworth had taken the staff and their wives to dinner at the Lantern Restaurant in Manchester and Mr Cudworth was enter­tained to lunch by Mr Priestley shortly before his retirement. He entered the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1920, serving at Great Harwood and Blackburn with several spells in Manchester District Office before his appointment as Assistant Accountant at Manchester City Office in 1947. The following year he moved to Shudehill branch as Pro Manager and in 1950 was appointed Manager at Urmston.

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030/3018



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We are grateful to Guy Taylor for the contemporary view of Urmston Branch. He took this photo a day or two before the Branch was closed down at the end of May 2019. Guy started his career here in August 1968, so this image is of particular poignancy to him…

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3018

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection – Guy Taylor 2019



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1944 to 1950 Mr J H Marsden Manager MBM-Su50P12.jpg

1946 Mr J H Aidley MBM-Sp67P54

1950 to 1965 Mr A H Cudworth Manager MBM-Su65P56.jpg

1961 to 1966 Mr F Highley Limited Authority MBM-Su66P05

1965 Miss Jackie Hoare MBM-Su65P37.jpg

1965 to 1969 Mr R B Blomeley Manager MBM-Su65P06.jpg

Mr H J Marsden


1944 to 1950

Mr J H Aidley

On the Staff

1946 to 1946

Mr A H Cudworth


1950 to 1965

Mr F Highley

Limited Authority

1961 to 1966

Miss Jackie Hoare

Staff Member


Mr R B Blomeley


1965 to 1969

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1968 Mr DW Stevenson pro Manager MBM-Wi68P08.jpg

1969 Mr D G Settle Manager MBM-Su69P15.jpg

Mr D W Stevenson

Pro Manager


Mr D G Settle


1969 onwards




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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-86-80 Urmston

Full Branch

12 Crofts Bank Road Urmston Lancashire

786 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 748 2069/5110

Nightsafe Installed

Mr D G Settle Manager



Ulverston Auction Mart


3 January 1928

15 December 1969

31 May 2019

Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-89-09 Urmston

Closed permanently from 12 Noon