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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank is incorporated in 1872. That same year, it opens its first Branch in the Rossendale area of Lancashire, at Waterfoot. This is another example of a grand building with a pleasing corner aspect, and so very typical of what is to come with the building and opening of later branches of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. The following extract from FOUR CENTURIES OF BANKING VOL II MARTINS BANK LIMITED 1968 tells the brief story of the establishment of a branch at Waterfoot:

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Four Centuries CoverThe first branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank was opened in Waterfoot in 1872, nearly ten years before the much longer established Bank of Liverpool opened its first branch. Edward Ashworth, one of the directors, resided at Waterfoot, and had extensive woollen mills neaby. The branch at Waterfoot was called Rossendale Branch, and the Board resolved that its cheques should be printed in chocolate-coloured ink. One of its first acts as the Rossendale Branch was to grant an overdraft of 500 to the Bacup Benefit Building Society.

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Branch Images Barclays Ref 0030/3085

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To mark his retirement at the end of March after 45 years' service, Mr. T. B. Hamilton invited his staff at Waterfoot and some of his former colleagues to dinner at Schofields Cafe, Stackstead, on the evening of March 24th. There were 22 present including Mr. Kay (former Manager, Haslingden); Mr. Cooke (Accrington); Mr. Collinge (Rawtenstall); Mr. Whittaker (Haslingden); Mr. Hoyle (Hulme); and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parker, who had travelled from their new home in Kendal. The proceedings were opened by Mr. J. Clegg, the new Manager at Waterfoot, and a number of Mr. Hamilton's former colleagues then paid their tribute to him. Mr. Mitchell, cashier, presented Mr. Hamilton with a cheque, embodying the subscriptions of his present and former colleagues, and Miss Tweedale presented a bouquet to Mrs. Hamilton. Both suitably responded and Mr. Hamilton said that it was his intention to purchase a cut glass table lamp which would be a constant reminder of the happy days he had spent at Waterfoot. Mr. Hamilton entered the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1914. In 1923 he went to Haslingden, being appointed Pro Manager there in 1938. He became Manager at Swinton in 1942 and at Waterfoot in 1946.

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1921 Mr H Maden joined the bank here MBM-Su66P54.jpg

1923 to 1934 Mr J Kay Assistant Cashier MBM-Sp54P54.jpg

1931 to 1946 Mr J E Phillipson Manager MBM-Sp46P34.jpg

1935 to 1936 Mr W P Glover joined the bank here MBM-Au67P06.jpg

1937 to 1938 Mr R S Halstead joined the bank here MBM-Sp66P06.jpg

1938 at least to 1939 Mr T S Collinge MBM-Su60P52.jpg

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Mr H Maden

Joined the Bank here


Mr J Kay

Assistant Cashier

1923 to 1934

Mr J E Philipson


1931 to 1946

Mr W P Glover

Joined the Bank Here

1935 to 1936

Mr R S Halstead

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1938

Mr T S Collinge

On the Staff

1938 to 1939

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1939 to 1939 Mr H Beeby joined the bank here MBM-Su66P03.jpg

1943 to 1958 Mr F Parker Pro Manager MBM-Wi58P48.jpg

1946 to 1959 Mr T B Hamilton Manager MBM-Su59P51.jpg

1947 to 1950 Mr M Haigh joined the bank here MBM-Au64P05.jpg

1956 to 1957 Mr R B Blackledge MBM-Wi67P01.jpg

1959 to 1968 Mr J Clegg Manager MBM-Wi68P54.jpg

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Mr H Beeby

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1939

Mr F Parker

Pro Manager

1943 to 1958

Mr T B Hamilton


1946 to 1959

Mr M Haigh

Joined the Bank Here

1947 to 1950

Mr R B Blackledge

On the Staff

1956 to 1957

Mr J Clegg


1959 to 1968

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1968 Mr T Longworth Manager MBM-Wi68P08.jpg

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Mr T Longworth


1968 onwards









Index Number and District:






11-03-90 Waterfoot

Full Branch

731 Bacup Road Waterfoot Rossendale Lancashire

788 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Rossendale 5507

Nightsafe Installed

Mr T Longworth Manager

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26 August 1872

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

12 June 1992

Last known use

Opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-91-70 Waterfoot 731 Bacup Road


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