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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank opens a Branch at Whalley Range in April 1921. Along with the majority of Martins Bank’s Manchester City and area branches, it comes to the Bank  through the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank.  Even though many Branches in the area are closed between 1928 and 1940, Martins still retains a huge presence in Manchester. In the sixties, Whalley Range is under the control of MANCHESTER BROOKS’S BAR Branch. Opening hours are restricted, with the branch closing for lunch, and also one hour early on weekdays.  On Saturday mornings Whalley Range opens half an hour after, and closes half an hour before the main branch at Brooks’s Bar.  This would suggest that the branch may be run by just one member of staff with the assistance of a guard, and that the shorter hours allow for the transportation of work from sub to main Branch without causing delays or overtime. During the Second World War, Whalley Range is closed between 1941 and 1947. It just survives the merger with Barclays, but doesn’t last very long afterwards, and the doors are closed for the final time at the end of 1972.  We can find no reference to Martins Bank Magazine having paid the branch a visit, and so far, we have only found one image for our staff gallery below. Today the building is an internet café…

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In Service: 15 April 1921 until 1 December 1972

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Image © Barclays

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1927 Mr H J Wright joined the bank here MBM-Sp69P57.jpg

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Mr H J Wright

Joined the Bank Here










Index Number and District:






11-27-20 Manchester Whalley Range              

Sub to 11-27-20 Manchester Brooks's Bar

106 Withington Road  Manchester 16

501 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1200 and 1230-1400

Saturday 0930-1100

061 226 1740

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr F Sharples Manager (Manchester Brooks’s Bar)

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Manchester West Didsbury

15 April 1921

3 January 1928



15 December 1969

1 December 1972

 Opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Closed down for the duration of World War Two


Barclays Bank Limited 20-54-54 Manchester Brooks’s Bar


Manchester Withy Grove

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