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Bury Banking Company

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At the time of the amalgamation of the Bury Banking Co into the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, their branch at Radcliffe is fortunate, along with those at Heywood and Ramsbottom to remain as full branches.  Nonetheless arrangements are made for the former Bury Bank branches to be tightly controlled by the Bury manager.  This is seen as a last ditch attempt at clinging on to power by those formerly in charge of the Bury Bank.  Just forty years later, a further amalgamation takes place which brings us the modern day Martins Bank, and local politics is largely put aside with a view to smooth integration. 

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Someone who is there to witness the joining together of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins is Martins Bank’s Radcliffe Manager Mr G Healey.  In 1964 is it time for him to embark on the happy road to retirement…

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1964 04 MBM.jpgMr Healey, Manager of Radcliffe Branch for the past fifteen years retired on August 31. To mark the conclusion of 44 years’ service in the Bank, he and Mrs Healey entertained some forty past and present colleagues to an excellent buffet meal at the Boar’s Head hotel Radcliffe.  Mr Healey had previously been entertained to luncheon both at Head Office and at Manchester District Office.


1949 to 1964 Mr G Healey Manager MBM-Wi64P55.jpgAfter Miss J Ashworth had presented Mrs healey with a bouquet onbehalf of the staff, Mr W R S Smith on behalf of their friends, wished Mr and Mrs Healey many happy years of retirement, and in making the presentation of a pair of binoculars expressed the hope that this would prove useful and give enjoyment in their new surroundings, for at Okehampton, Devon, where they will be living, they will have Dartmoor on on hand, and Exmoor on the other. 


Among those present were Mr F Tunstall, now Manchester District Superintendent of Branches, and Mr G Dawson, Mr Healey’s predecessor as Manager. Now aged seventy-five, Mr Dawson was able to speak from “practical experience” on how to enjoy retirement.  Mr Healey’s reply was one of gratitude for the great number of friends he had made during his careeer, both inside and outside the Bank. Apart from four years’ war service, all Mr Healey’s career was spent in the Manchester District.  He entered at Cheetham in 1920 and worked at Bolton and Pendleton Branches before entering District Office in 1941.  He returned there in 1946 and was appointed Manager at Radcliffe in 1949.

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1914 to 1917 Mr A Scholes Joined the service here MBM-Au58P54.jpg

1925 to 1932  Mr L Taylor Cashier MBM-Su49P19.jpg

1939 to 1949 Mr G Dawson Manager MBM-Sp49P20.jpg

1949 to 1964 Mr G Healey Manager MBM-Wi64P55.jpg

1964 Mr K Halliwell Manager MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

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Mr A Scholes

Joined the Bank Here

1914 to 1917

Mr L Taylor


1925 to 1932

Mr G Dawson


1939 to 1949

Mr G Healey


1949 to 1964

Mr K Halliwell


1964 onwards



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Index No and District:






11-04-70 Radcliffe

Full Branch

21 Stand Lane Radcliffe Manchester 26

771 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 723 2250

Nightsafe Installed

Mr K Halliwell Manager


12 January 1888

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

December 1985


opened by the Bury Baning Company Limited

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-70-49 Radcliffe Stand Lane


Italian Restaurant