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Those of us who have had the pleasure of working at Grange over Sands have often wondered – and sometimes asked – “is it a church?” No, it definitely is NOT a church.  But are you sure?  Yes, I am sure, - and it is a BANK…  So it’s a bank then, and in addition to good looks, it enjoys a position in what is still a largely unspoilt corner of old Lancashire – although these days of course, it is part of Cumbria.  (Please pay attention, there’ll be a test at the end).  In 1960 we celebrate the retirement of someone who spent twenty five years in this building as Manager.  Martins Bank Magazine takes us to the Hazelmere Café (which is still there today by the way) and a send off for Mr Addison that sees him spoken of most warmly by staff and customers alike…

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0033/0237

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1935 to 1960 Mr J D Addison Manager MBM-Su60P54.jpg1960 02 MBM.jpgOn April 28th Mr. J. D. Addison, Manager at Grange over Sands since 1935, entertained his colleagues to a cocktail evening at the Hazlemere Cafe to mark the occasion of his retirement after 43 years' service. In addition to the staff of the branch, also present were Mr. Ian Buchanan, Liverpool Assistant District Manager, and the Managers of the Barrow, Bowness, Carnforth, Dalton, Kendal, Lancaster and Ulverston branches. The Managers of the local branches of the Midland Bank and the District Bank also attended.  A present of sundry items of golf equipment was made on behalf of the subscribers by Mr. J. H. Neild, the new Manager and Mr. Addison's former assistant. He referred to Mr. Addison's excellent record of health, un­broken throughout his 25 years at the branch apart from absence due to a car accident a year ago.

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Mr. Buchanan, in conveying the good wishes of his colleagues at Head Office, paid tribute to Mr. Addison's service to the Bank, and Mr. Pirie mentioned the help he had given to various local organisations. Mr. Knowles also spoke and an unusual feature of the function was a short speech by a customer, Mr. A. W. Evans, Proprietor of the Hazlemere Cafe, who spoke warmly of the good treatment he had always received.

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Mr. Addison entered the Bank in 1917 and, apart from war service, 1918-1920, served at Appleby, Ambleside and in H.O. Inspection Department before his first appointment as Pro Manager at Ambleside in 1932. He intends to commence his retirement with a long sea cruise after which he will settle in Grange where it is traditional for Martins' men to live well into their eighties.

Image © Barclays Ref: 0033/0237

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1935 to 1960 Mr J D Addison Manager CU MBM-Su60P54.jpg

1949 Mr F Bush MBM-Au68P14

1955 to 1957 Mr Norman Crellin JC-MBA.jpg

1958 to 1959 Mr MJM Anderton  MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

1967 Mr JM Thornton Manager MBM-Wi67P03.jpg


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Mr J D Addison


1935 to 1960

Mr F Bush

On the Staff


Mr Norman Crellin

On the Staff

1955 to 1957

Mr M J M Anderton

Staff Member

1958 to 1959

Mr J M Thornton


1967 onwards


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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-09-40 Grange Over Sands

Full Branch

Main Street Grange over Sands Lancashire

210 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Grange-over-Sands 2009

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J M Thornton Manager


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11-09-40 CARTMEL




27 June 1893

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


opened by Messrs Wakefield Crewdson – The Kendal Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-34-54 Grange over Sands