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Craven Bank

Bradford has a large share of Martins Branches, some of which come from amalgamations, and others are opened during the time of the modern day Martins Bank.  The Craven Bank, which merges in 1906 with the Bank of Liverpool has branches at Clayton, and Manningham Lane – the latter being referred to simply as Manningham Branch. A somewhat unusual looking building, Manningham breaks the rule of a typical corner site branch by having its main door in one street, and its main windows in another!  There are no visits by Martins Bank Magazine to Manningham, but there are two retirement write-ups which form our main feature below.  Taken together, the combined service of the two retirees - Mr Sutcliffe and Mr Sykes – is EIGHTY-SIX YEARS!

In Service: 19 June 1893 until 5 August 1994


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Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030-1839

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Manningham is a sub branch before the Second World War, but in 1943 it is upgraded to full branch status,  the Manager at the time of the 1969 merger with Barclays is Mr D E Greaves.

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Images © Barclays Ref: 0030-1839

1943 to 1957 Mr P Q K Sutcliffe Manager MBM-Wi57P43.jpg

1957 04 MBM.jpgAt the end of August Mr. P. Q. K. Sutcliffe retired after 42 years' service in the Bank and to mark the occasion his friends and colleagues gathered together to present him with a wristlet watch. Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe subsequently entertained the gathering to refreshments. Mr. Sutcliffe entered the service in 1915 at Bradford. From 1916 to 1920 he served with H.M. Forces, afterwards returning to Bradford. He was transferred to Sheffield in 1928 and to Leeds in 1932. His first appoint­ment came in 1936 when he became Clerk-in-Charge at Manningham branch. He was ap­pointed Manager there in 1943.

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1966 03 MBM.jpg1957 to 1966 Mr A K Sykes Manager MBM-Au66P48.jpgover thirty past and present members of the staff, including the District General Manager, met at an excellent buffet tea at Manningham branch to mark Mr Sykes' retirement as Manager. Mr W. Oldroyd (Manager, Leeds City Office) paid his own tribute to Mr Sykes, and called upon Miss Webster to present a bouquet to Mrs Sykes. He then welcomed Mr Lister who thanked Mr Sykes for his excellent record of service to the Bank, making special reference to his very happy customer and staff relationships. He re­ferred to the progress of the branch under Mr Sykes's management and mentioned his personal attributes. He then presented a cheque, the gift of over 50 colleagues throughout the District, wishing Mr and Mrs Sykes many years of health and happiness in retirement. Mr Sykes said how much he had enjoyed his years in the Bank and how much he valued the friendships he had made. He paid special tribute to the devoted help of his wife which had contributed so much to his success, and thanked all his friends for their gift with which he would buy an automatic slide projector. Before leaving the very enjoyable party which followed, each person signed an illuminated scroll as a memento of the occasion. Mr Sykes began his 44 years' service at Wyke branch in 1922. After serving at a number of branches in the Leeds District and in H.M. Forces for four years, he became Pro Manager at Scarborough in 1952 and Manager at Manningham in 1957.

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1934 to 1936  Mr J E Bateman Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi54P45

1939 to 1939 Mr J F M Parkinson joined the bank here MBM-Au66P06

1943 to 1957 Mr P Q K Sutcliffe Manager MBM-Wi57P43.jpg

1957 to 1966 Mr A K Sykes Manager MBM-Au66P48.jpg

1966 Mr DE Greaves Manager MBM-Au66P05.jpg






Mr J E Bateman

Clerk in Charge

1934 to 1936

Mr J F Parkinson

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1939

Mr P Q K Sutcliffe

Clerk in Charge 1936-43

Manager 1943 to 1957

Mr A K Sykes


1957 to 1966

Mr D E Greaves


1966 onwards




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index Number and District:






11-89-50 Bradford Manningham

Full Branch

261 Manningham Lane Manningham Bradford 8 Yorkshire

628 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bradford 44040

Nightsafe Installed

Mr D E Greaves Manager


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Bradford Great Horton

19 June 1893

23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

5 August 1994

The Craven Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-55-51 Manningham Lane


Bradford Market Street