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Halifax Commercial Bank

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Rastrick, when coupled with Brighouse is famous for its brass band, which even had chart success, reaching the UK No 2 spot in 1977.   A branch is opened there in 1909 by the Halifax Commercial Banking Company, and comes to Martins Bank through the amalgamation of the Halifax Commercial and the Bank of Liverpool and Martins in 1920. 

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As a sub branch to Brighouse, Rastrick opens two days a week.  Along with many of Martins’ smaller sub-Branches, it is mothballed in 1940 when members of the Bank’s male staff are called up for war duty.  At the end of the war, the decision is taken not to re-open a number of these offices, Rastrick included.

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We are indebted to John Sheppard for scouring the old Parish Records of Rastrick in order to establish the exact whereabouts of the original sub Brnahc of the Halifax Commercial Banking Company. Not only did John discover that the address was 2 Crowtrees Lane, he also took his trusty camera along to find the building!



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With Thanks to John Sheppard

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Index Number and District:






11-132 Rastrick

Sub to 11-132 Brighouse

Rastrick Brighouse Yorkshire

601 Leeds

Mon and Wed 1030-1430

No Saturday Service

Brighouse 2940

Counter Service Only

Brighouse Manager


16 January 1920

3 January 1928


opened by the Halifax Commercial Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War 2, but not re-opened