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Looking like a fairly modern house, Martins’ Branch at Hale is shown below as it was in October 1908 when the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank had this artist’s impression of their new Branch at Hale drawn for readers of THE BUILDING NEWS Magazine.  In 1908 Hale is looked after by the Manager of ALTRINCHAM and Bowdon, Mr A H M Gow. From Edwardian times right through to 1973, a Banking service was transacted from these attractive premises. A number of Martins Bank’s Cheshire branches (most of which are now considered to be in Greater Manchester) are operated by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank until the amalgamation with Martins takes place in 1928.

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1938 Hale Exterior BGA Ref 33-254

Image © Barclays Ref: 33/254

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A good deal earlier in time than our usual comparisons, we see the 1908 drawing of the newly completed Lancashire and Yorkshire Branch at Hale, and also a 1922 lithograph print of the building fully in action as a branch bank…

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Image © 1908 Martins Bank Archive Collection

– The Building News and Successors

Image © 1908 Martins Bank Archive Collection

– W N Townson Bequest

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1928 to 1936 Mr J S Laver joined the bank here MBM-Wi63P06.jpg

1936 to 1937 Mr H Prime joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

1947 to 1957 Mr E F Matthews Manager MBM-Sp65P59.jpg

1963 to 1965 Mr K R Chance Manager MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1965 to 1969 Mr DG Settle Manager MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

1969 Mr J M Lee Manager MBM-Su69P15.jpg

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Mr J S Laver

Joined the Bank Here

1928 to 1936

Mr H Prime

Joined the Bank Here

1936 to 1937

Mr E F Matthews


1947 to 1957

Mr K R Chance


1963 to 1965

Mr D G Settle


1965 to 1969

Mr J M Lee


1969 onwards


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Index Number and District:






11-25-40 Hale

Full Branch

152 Ashley Road Hale Altrincham Cheshire

737 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 928 1056

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J M Lee Manager

October 1908

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 September 1973


opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-35-73 Hale 152 Ashley Road

Closed and moved to 198 Ashley Road

Solicitors Office