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At one time or another, Colne Branch is in charge of a number of sub-Branches – COTTONTREE, Foulridge, LANESHAW BRIDGE, PRIMET BRIDGE and also at  TRAWDEN, which is the only one to survive until the merger with Barclays.   Foulridge is an original Branch of the Craven Bank, which merges with the Bank of Liverpool in 1906, and provides outlets both in Lancashire, and in “God’s own country” (or Yorkshire as it is sometimes known).  Sep 1.jpg

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Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts 1927 © Barclays

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1924 Foulridge Listing in Kelly Directory - University of Leicester - MBAIn the days before mass car ownership, cash machines and all manner of mobile devices, these small Branches are an economic lifeline for communities they serve. However, whilst serving customers for two hours on a Friday doesn’t really sound like a sustainable economic success story, Foulridge must have been a special case, as it makes it all the way to 1950, without even having to close for the Second World War.

Image © Kelly’s Directory 1924 and

University of Leicester Historical


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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-199 Foulridge

Sub to 11-199 Colne

Foulridge Colne Lancashire

106 Craven

Friday 1130-1330

No Saturday Service

Colne 147/8

Counter Service Only

Colne Manager


Pre 1906

23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928


The Craven Bank Limited

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited