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Palatine Bank

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The Palatine Bank sets out with simple, noble ideals – it wants to be a kind of “people’s bank”, providing basic banking facilties for the people of Manchester and the surrounding area.  Oldham Werneth sub-Branch, which comes to Martins Bank from the 1919 amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Palatine Bank, has one of the longest serving members of the wartime lady staff, Miss May Jones (below, right, and staff gallery).  She works as Clerk in Charge from the moment in 1941 that the Bank’s male staff are called up for war duty until 1946. Even though Werneth is subsequently run as a self accounting sub-branch, we only have May in our staff gallery, as we presently cannot determine who else worked there.  

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In Service: 21 July 1919 until 29 June 1992

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3121

If you can help, please do get in touch with us at the usual address: It has already been well documented on this site that the role played by women in keeping Martins’ business going during the Second World War is a crucial part of the Bank’s history, and something of which the Bank as an employer can be proud. 

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For beyond meeting the simple task of maintaining key branches with available staff, the Bank sees the true value its army of women Clerks in Charge.  They are celebrated in several post war features in Martins Bank Magazine, and these are presented in our MARTINS AT WAR section.  When Barclays takes over in 1969, Werneth becomes a full branch, and it does last until 1992.

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1941 to 1946 Miss May Jones Clerk in Charge CU MBM-Wi46P11






Miss May Jones

Clerk in Charge

1941 to 1946






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Index Number and District:






11-15-90 Oldham Werneth

Self accounting sub to 11-55-60 Oldham

362 Manchester Street Werneth Oldham  Lancashire

511 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 624 4952

Nightsafe Installed

Mr S M Dearden Manager (Oldham)

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Oldham Union Street

21 July 1919

30 December 1919

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

29 June 1992

The Palatine Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-64-13 Oldham Werneth



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