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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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The elaborate premises at 43 Spring Gardens are formerly the Head Office of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. In the 1960s they are home both to Martins Bank’s MANCHESTER DISTRICT OFFICE, and to its Manchester City Office Branch.  City Office Branches offer all the services found in the smaller branches, plus the advantage of specialist departments such as Foreign, as well as the convenience of District Office being located at the same site.  They are good training grounds for those who aspire to move on and up through the bank, and a valuable experience for those who find themselves working there on a temporary basis.  In the twenty-first century the building has an altogether different use, serving Indian Cuisine in what was once the banking hall, yet still is a break-taking space in which to dine.  The merger with Barclays actually spares Spring Gardens from being knocked down and replaced with an eleven story block complete with sixties landscaping– you can read more about this by clicking on the Manchester District Office link above.   The photograph below shows the main counter at 43 Spring Gardens was taken in 1969, and unsually for the Martins Collection includes people!

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1969 Manchester City Office interior 4 BGA Ref

The internal images show a wood panelled room with what appears to be a proscenium arch and curtains at one end – perhaps the Bank’s  MANCHESTER PLAYERS once performed here?

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1969 Manchester City Office interior 2 BGA Ref

Images © Barclays 0030/1830

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Past (and possible future) times…

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1929R.jpgThis lovely sepia view of the Head Office of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank is part of the Barclays Collection of Martins Bank photographs. By strange coincidence it was taken in 1929, one year after the merger with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, just as the image below in our “then and now” feature was taken in 1970, the year after the merger of Martins and Barclays.  In both cases the previous name of the Bank is still above the doors… The following rarely seen images show the banking hall and the five tonne safe door in the early 1920s before the merger of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. They were published in 1922 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of that bank.

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Images © Martins Bank Archive Collection – The W N Townson Bequest

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In 1968, it seems these (right) plans were afoot to demolish 43 Spring Gardens, to create a modern area of concrete and trees!  Thankfully this idea did not take off, and today Manchester City Office is preserved and in use as a restaurant – eating in such fabulous surroundings must surely “complete the pleasure” as a 1960s ad campaign would have it.  Former Martins Staff Member Alan Thomond has found time during one of his blood-donor related trips into central Manchester, to take pictures for us of how Martins Branches look today. So here is Spring Gardens, former Head Office of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, still looking grand, imposing, and could that be evidence of fire damage where the Bank’s name used to be?

 

 

 

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1970 Manchester City Office exterior BGA Ref

2016 APR 22 Spring Gardens - Alan Thomond MBA

Image © 1970 Barclays Ref 0030/1830

Image © 1983 Barclays Ref 0030/1830

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection – Alan Thomond

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1922

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection – The W N Townson Bequest

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1969

Image © Barclays 0030/1830

1983

Images © Barclays 0030/1830

2016

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection – Alan Thomond

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1905 to 1936 Mr W G Goodier joined the bank here became pro manager 1929 MBM-Au48P17.jpg

1920 to 1927 Mr F C Hardman MBM-Sp55P05.jpg

1938 to 1941 Mr L R Tomlinson Sub Manager MBM-Wi52P48.jpg

1941 to 1943 Mr C Knowles joined the bank here MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1942 to 1945 Mr W Hampshire Pro Manager MBM-Wi59P52.jpg

1945 to 1948 Miss Brenda Lowe MBM-Sp49P26.jpg

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Mr W G Goodier

Joined here 1905 to 1936

Pro Manager 1929 to 1936

Mr F C Hardman

On the Staff

1920 to 1927

Mr L R Tomlinson

Sub Manager

1938 to 1941

Mr C Knowles

Joined the bank Here

1941 to 1943

Mr W Hampshire

Pro Manager

1942 to 1945

Miss Brenda Lowe

On the Staff

1945 to 1948

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1948 Mr A K Bromley Staff Member MBM-Wi48P40.jpg

1950 Mr T Weetman Chief Cashier MBM-Au50P08.jpg

1950 to 1968 Mr G A Shaw MBM-Au68P57.jpg

1953 to 1962 Mr H Blundell Manager MBM-Su62P51.jpg

1956 Mr J M Baldwin Head of Clearing Dept MBM-Au62P56.jpg

1956 to 1957 G Ashworth Assistant Accountant MBM-Su65P08.jpg

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Mr A K Bromley

On the Staff

1948

Mr T Weetman

Chief Cashier

1950

Mr G A Shaw

On the staff

1950 to 1968

Mr Harold Blundell

Manager

1953 to 1962

Mr J M Baldwin

Head of Clearing Dept

1956

Mr G Ashworth

Assistant Accountant

1956 to 1957

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1958 to 1969 Mr H J Wright MBM-Sp69P57.jpg

1960 Mr W Tunstall Sub Manager MBM-Su60P50.jpg

1962 Mr G K Eaves Manager MBM-Su62P30.jpg

1964 Miss MPP Glover Manchester District Relief Staff MBM-Su64P26.jpg

1964 Mr A Swarbrick Chief Cashier MBM-Sp64P24.jpg

1964 Mr GB Hibbert Deputy Manager City Office MBM-Wi64P08.jpg

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Mr H J Wright

On the Staff

1958 to 1969

Mr W Tunstall

Sub Manager

1960

Mr G K Eaves

Manager

1962 onwards

Miss M P P Glover

District Relief Staff

1964

Mr A Swarbrick

Chief Cashier

1964

Mr G B Hibbert

Deputy Manager

1966

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1966 Mr G Ramsell Assistant Manager MBM-Su66P03.jpg

1966 Mr RB Estill Deputy Manager MBM-Su66P05.jpg

1966 onwards Mr AE Plows Assistant Accountant the accountant from 1968 MBM-Au66P02.jpg

1967 Mr H Mellor Messenger Spring Gardens MBM-Wi67P39.jpg

1968 Mr CB Fletcher Assistant Accountant MBM-Au68P08.jpg

1968 Mr G R A Thompson Accountant (Retiring) MBM-Au68P55.jpg

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Mr G Ramsell

Assistant Manager

1966

Mr R B Estill

Deputy Manager

1966

Mr A E Plows

Asst Accountant 66 – 68

Accountant 1968 on.

Mr H Mellor

Messenger

1967

Mr C B Fletcher

Assistant Accountant

1968 onwards

Mr G R A Thompson

Accountant (retiring)

1968

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1969 Mr G Chadwick Assistant Manager MBM-Sp69P07.jpg

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Mr G Chadwick

Assistant Manager

1969

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index No and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-00-60 Manchester City Office

Full Branch

PO Box 304, 43 Spring Gardens Manchester 2

701 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

DEAnsgate 4061

Nightsafe Installed

G K Eaves Manager

Sub Branches

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11-13-00 MANCHESTER ALL SAINTS

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11-12-30 MANCHESTER CORNBROOK

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11-62-50 MANCHESTER LONGSIGHT

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11-17-60 MANCHESTER MOSS SIDE

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9 December 1889

 3 January 1928

15 December 1969

14 May 1990

Currently

Head Office of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-55-06 Manchester Spring Gardens

Closed

Bar and Restaurant Complex

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