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image004Historically, the presence of Martins Bank in Blackburn is a large one, with branches open at one time or another at DARWEN STREET, EANAM, MILL HILL, Cherry Tree and NOVA SCOTIA.  It is these last two suburbs of Blackburn which have proved difficult to research, but thanks to our friends at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Community History Department,  we have at least been able to piece together some of the statistical information about Martins’ sub-Branches there. Cherry Tree sub-Branch is mentioned only once in Martins Bank Magazine, in the Winter of 1962.  This is to commemorate the service of Mr J J Openshaw.

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Extract from the Annual Report and Accounts of Martins Bank Limited 1929 © Barclays

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He worked at Blackburn and was Clerk in Charge at Cherry Tree between 1929 and 1938.  The opening of Cherry Tree sub-Branch is also mentioned in Martins Bank’s Annual Report for 1929 (above). Like so many of the Bank’s smaller offices, Cherry Tree is mothballed in 1941 for the Second World War, but on economic grounds it is not re-opened…

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1929 to 1930 Mr J J Openshaw Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi62P52.jpg

1930 to 1932 Mr A T Love Manager MBM-Sp50P13

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Mr J J Openshaw

Clerk in Charge

1929 to 1938

Mr Alfred T Love

Manager (Blackburn)

1933 to 1950



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Index Number and District:





11-093 Cherry Tree

Sub to 11-093 Blackburn

344 Preston Old Road Cherry Tree Blackburn Lancashire

710 Manchester

Not known

Pleasington 152

Counter Service Only

Mr J J Openshaw Clerk in Charge (1929-1938)

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Opened by Martins Bank Limited