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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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Portland Street is another original branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. In the 1920s, the address is listed simply as “Corner of Oxford Street” – and indeed in some directories and records is known as Oxford Street Branch for some time – but the building does eventually acquire the number 133.  We often wonder how it is decided which particular road can lay claim to Martins Bank’s many corner branches, especially those that seem to take up equal room either side of the corner entrance! For our Portland Street feature, we journey back to 1965…

In Service: 1909 until 18 September 1992

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

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Mr Matthews, has been Manager of Portland Street Branch for eight years of his amazing forty-five year career, and now it is time for him to retire.  We drop into the branch on the last working day of January 1965 to witness the presentation of good wishes and gifts to Mr Matthews from his friends and colleagues at Portland Street, and the wider Manchester District of the Bank.

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1965 01 MBM.jpg1957 to 1965 Mr E F Matthews Manager MBM-Sp65P59.jpgmr matthews, Manager of Portland Street branch for the past eight years, retired at the end of January. Mr E. H. Priestley (District General Manager), Mr J. H. Jennings and other friends from District Office, together with colleagues from nearby offices, met at the branch on January 29th. Mr Priestley thanked Mr Matthews for his long and faithful service to the Bank, wishing him and Mrs Matthews a happy retirement and Mr R. Crawford (Pro Manager) then paid his own and the staff's tribute to Mr Matthews, mentioning his consideration and his interest in both the branch and the Bank. He then presented Mr Matthews with a suitably inscribed clock, a Teasmade and a recording of Sir Winston Churchill's principal speeches, on behalf of numerous subscribers.  Mrs Matthews was handed a bouquet by Mrs Jones. In reply Mr Matthews said the gift of a clock was symbolic in the sense that on the occasion of his marriage his colleagues had presented him with a clock which had proved very useful in getting him to the office on time: this one would be a constant reminder that he now had no further need to report daily at 9 o'clock. The formalities over, the 75 guests were then entertained to cocktails and sandwiches at the office. Shortly before his retirement Mr Matthews was entertained to lunch by the General Manager and also by Mr Priestley at Manchester District Office. He entered the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1920, serving at various branches in the Manchester District until his appoint­ment as Manager at Hale in 1947, and going to Portland Street as Manager in 1957. He served with H.M. Forces from 1943-45.

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1926 Mr G K Eaves joined the bank here MBM-Su62P30.jpg

1929 to 1934 Mr W W Hall Pro Manager MBM-Su46P16.jpg

1930 to 1934 Mr A B Briggs joined the bank here MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1934 to 1938 Mr C E Harris Manager MBM-Au47P19.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr G Allen joined the bank here MBM-Wi66P02.jpg

1937 to 1941 Mr A M Jackson then from 1956 to 1964 pro Manager MBM-Au64P04.jpg






Mr G K Eaves

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W W Hall

Pro Manager

1929 to 1934

Mr A B Briggs

Joined the Bank Here

1930 to 1934

Mr C E Harris


1934 to 1938

Mr G Allen

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1939

Mr A M Jackson

On Staff 1937 to 1941

Pro Manager 1956 to 1964

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1938 to 1943 Mr H C Hindley Pro Manager MBM-Sp58P48.jpg

1939 to 1942 Mr A N Barratt 1967 opnwards Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1942 to 1945 Mr E J Cutler Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P55.jpg

1945 to 1948 Mr F J E Cooke Pro Manager from 1946 MBM-Su65P50.jpg

1947 to 1957 Mr H ingham Manager MBM-Au57P53.jpg

1949 Miss Brenda Lowe Staff Member MBM-Sp49P26.jpg






Mr H C Hindley

Pro Manager

1938 to 1943

Mr A N Barratt

On staff 1939 to 1942

Manager 1967 onwards

Mr E J Cutler

Pro Manager

1942 to 1945

Mr F J E Cooke

Pro Manager

1945 to 1948

Mr H Ingham


1947 to 1957

Miss Brenda Lowe

On the Staff


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1949 to 1949 Mr D W Stevenson joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P08.jpg

1953 to 1956 G Ashworth Pro Manager MBM-Su65P08.jpg

1957 to 1965 Mr E F Matthews Manager MBM-Sp65P59.jpg

1964 Mr R Crawford pro Manager MBM-Au64P03.jpg

1965to 1967  Mr KR Chance Manager MBM-Sp65P08.jpg






Mr D W Stevenson

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1949

Mr G Ashworth

Pro Manager

1953 to 1956

Mr E F Matthews


1957 to 1965

Mr R Crawford

Pro Manager


Mr K R Chance


1965 to 1967



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index Number and District:






11-87-60 Manchester Portland Street

Full Branch

133 Portland Street Manchester 1

768 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 236 7322

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A N Barratt Manager


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Manchester Overseas


3 January 1928

15 December 1969

18 September 1992

Opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-55-01 Manchester Portland Street


Manchester Queens Park