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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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What happened to the tower?

Another palace at the street corner, and another acquisition from the merger of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank – 1 Yorkshire Street Rochdale becomes Martins Bank’s main branch in the Rochdale area.  They also have a self accounting sub-branch at Buersil and a sub-branch at Smallbridge.  Somewhere between being built in 1875 and 1964, the tower atop Rochdale branch seems to have been removed.  If you know why, why not contact us at the usual address gutinfo@btinternet.com . Also, the feature pages for a large number of branches on this site would benefit greatly from memories and images of the buildings and the staff of Martins Bank, particularly from the period 1950 to 1969 whilst this is still in living memory for the staff and customers of the bank.  So again, your help will be appreciated!  Martins bank’s Managers are known for lengths of service that seem almost inconceivable in today’s employment market.

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Image circa 1940 © Barclays Ref 0030/2450

 

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1922 Rochdale Exterior as L & Y Bank PA.jpg

Image: 1922 W N Townson Bequest

1964 Rochdale Exterior (Eric Ring) MBA.jpg

Image: 1964 Martins Bank Archive

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A distinctly different rooftop in 1964 begs the question – where’s the tower gone?1947 to 1953 Mr O A Cooper Manager MBM-Wi53P52 Comparing the various roof points on this building might lead us to conclude war time damage and some extensive rebuilding “up top”.  At Rochdale Branch in 1953, Mr Cooper is about to retire after forty-four years, and as usual, Martins Bank Magazine is there to mark the occasion… 

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1950 01 MBM.jpgAfter a banking career of more than 44 years, Mr O A Cooper retired from the managership of Rochdale Branch on August 31st . Commencing his banking career in 1909 as a junior at the Rochdale branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, he rounded it off as Manager, thus achieving the honour of finishing on the highest rung of the ladder at the office in which he started.  Not all his career was spent at Rochdale Branch.  In 1936 he was transferred to Manchester District Office, and in 1946 he was appointed to the managership of St Ann’s Square, relinquishing it in 1947 to become Manager at Rochdale. 

 

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On the eve of his retirement Mr Cooper entertained his staff and a number of former colleagues to dinner in the Masonic Assembly Rooms. Mr Cooper is a prominent Freemason, being a Past Provincial Grand Officer in Craft Masonry, a Founder and Past Master of Roch Valley Lodge and a founder of Fabric Mark Lodge.  Music and sport are among his other interests, but indifferent health has compelled him to give up some of his former pursuits, though he still remains active in Masonic circles. At the dinner, Mr Duncan, Assistant Manager, made the presentation of a gold wrist watch and cheque, and, calling upon his long association with Mr Cooper, delighted all present with some amusing anecdotes of earlier days.  Mr H S Mellor, Manchester District Inspector, expressed the hope that Mr Copper would have a long and happy retirement, and, as one batchelor to another, offered him sxome good advice.   This expression of good wishes was seconded by Mr S M Lee, Manager at Dewsbury.  In reply, Mr Cooper expressed his thanks to Mr H Lowe, and Mr W Townsend, who had assisted him in the arrangements for the evening.  mr W Beswick, who suceeds Mr Cooper at Rochdale, expressed the thanks of all present for the evening’s hospitality, and on their behalf wished him god-speed, good health and good fortune in the years that lie ahead.

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1908 to 1921 Mr A Baldwin MBM-Sp49P21.jpg

1914 to 1924 Mr G Hollows Joined the service here MBM-Wi58P54.jpg

1915 Mr T Whittaker joined the bank here MBM-Sp60P46.jpg

1925 to 1937 Mr R Crawford joined the bank here MBM-Au64P03.jpg

1933 to 1944  Mr T Cowpe Manager MBM-Au47P24.jpg

1939 to 1969 Mr J Stevenson MBM-Au69P54.jpg

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Mr A Baldwin

On the Staff

1908 to 1921

Mr G Hollows

Joined the Bank here

1914 to 1924

Mr T Whittaker

Joined the Bank here

1915

Mr R Crawford

Joined the Bank Here

1925 to 1937

Mr T Cowpe

Manager

1933 to 1944

Mr J Stevenson

On the Staff

1939 to 1969

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1944 to 1947 Mr H Blundell Manager MBM-Su62P51.jpg

1946 to 1949 Mr A S Dennett MBM-Su68P23.jpg

1946 to 1949 Mr S Walker MBM-Sp69P56.jpg

1946 to 1952 Mr H S Kaye Assistant Manager MBM-Wi52P48.jpg

1947 to 1953 Mr O A Cooper Manager MBM-Wi53P52.jpg

1948 to 1948 Mr A Meadowcroft joined the bank here MBM-Au65P02.jpg

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Mr H Blundell

manager

1944 to 1947

Mr A S Dennett

On the Staff

1946 to 1949

Mr S Walker

On the Staff

1946 to 1949

Mr H S Kaye

Assistant Manager

1946 to 1952

Mr O A Cooper

Manager

1947 to 1953

Mr A Meadowcroft

Joined the Bank Here

1948 to 1948

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1948 to 1948 Mr N I Petrie MBM-Wi65P40.jpg

1952 to 1953 Mr D C Whiteley joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P04.jpg

1953 to 1956 Mr J L Whitehead MBM-Wi67P04.jpg

1953 to 1956 Mr W Beswick Manager MBM-Wi64P53.jpg

1958 to 1960  Mr E Haslam Pro Manager MBM-Wi63P07.jpg

1960 to 1961 Mr G B Hibbert Pro Manager MBM-Wi64P08.jpg

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Mr N I Petrie

On the Staff

1948 to 1948

Mr D C Whiteley

Joined the Bank here

1952 to 1953

Mr J L Whitehead

On the Staff

1953 to 1956

Mr W Beswick

Manager

1953 to 1956

Mr E Haslam

Pro Manager

1958 to 1960

Mr G B Hibbert

Pro Manager

1960 to 1961

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1960 to x Mr F Kirkman  MBM-Su69P62.jpg

1961 to 1968 Mr C Halstead MBM-Su68P22.jpg

1962 to 1963 Mr T R Froggatt pro Manager MBM-Wi63P05.jpg

1963 to 1964 Mr G C Jackson Pro Manager then Asst Mgr from 1964 MBM-Wi63P08.jpg

1964 Mr D Lee Manager MBM-Au64P05.jpg

1969 (up to) Mr Frank Openshaw Manager MBM-Su54P20.jpg

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Mr F Kirkman

On the Staff

1960 to ?

Mr C Halstead

On the Staff

1961 to 1968

Mr T R Froggatt

Pro Manager

1962 to 1963

Mr G C Jackson

Pro then Asst Manager

1963 to 1964

Mr D Lee

Manager

1964 to ?

Mr Frank Openshaw

Manager

? to 1969

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1969 Mr M H Samman Manager MBM-Sp69P10.jpg

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Mr H Samman

Manager

1969

 

 

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Manager:

11-19-70 Rochdale

Full Branch

1 Yorkshire Street Rochdale Lancashire

774 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Rochdale 44231/2

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Samman Manager

Sub Branches

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11-34-20 BUERSIL

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11-705 ROCHDALE SOUTH PARADE

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11-19-70 SMALLBRIDGE

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15 December 1969

Currently

opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-72-67 Rochdale Yorkshire Street

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