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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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MAW Up BannerMartins Bank’s sub-Branch at Stacksteads, looks almost as if it sits at one end of Coronation Street.  Removal of the coal dust from the bricks might reveal something a few shades lighter, or even that gorgeous red brick favoured in this part of Lancashire.    Stacksteads is lucky enough to have been open during the Second World War, staffed by one of the army of women clerks in charge that keep the Bank going, with Miss E M Law at the helm for four years.  Considering that once the men returned from War, the Bank’s policy of dismissing women when they married was resumed would seem to us to be such a retrograde step.

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1950 s Stacksteads Exterior BGA Ref 30-2757.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2757

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You can read more about this in our MARTINS AT WAR section.  By the 1960s, Stacksteads operates on a small number of staff, probably one plus a guard, with half an hour for lunch and 2pm closing time designed to ensure that work can be taken back to the main branch at Bacup without causing late working there.  Barclays takes on Stacksteads in 1969, and the branch is kept open for a further eleven years.

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A rare sight – a Branch cheque with a SUB-BRANCH designation

Naming a sub-Branch on printed stationery is not a common occurrence, normal practice would be to name only the parent branch, to whom all vouchers will be returned after use, prior to storage, destruction or return to customers with their bank statement.  We think that perhaps Stacksteads sub-Branch, already important enough to have been kept open during the war, must have handled a large volume of cheques, perhaps from local businesses, and that having the sub-Branch name imprinted on them made them easier to separate out for the purpose of extra work undertaken for those customers…

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1942 to 1946 Miss E M Law Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp47P23.jpg

1951 Mr PD Lawson MBM-Sp68P08.jpg

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Miss E M Law

Clerk in Charge

1942 to 1946

Mr P D Lawson

On the Staff



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1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1



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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-32-00 Stacksteads                                          

Self Accounting sub-Branch to  11-32-00 BACUP

300/302 Newchurch Road Stacksteads Bacup Lancashire

707 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1245 and 1315-1400

Saturday 0930-1100

Bacup 3119

Counter Service Only

Mr F H Foster Manager (Bacup)


3 January 1928

15 December 1969

9 May 1980


Opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-03-39 Bacup


Funeral Director

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