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We were delighted to receive some very rare images of 2 Silver Street as it was in the 1930s, as a Branch of Martins Bank, and a wonderful colour shot of how the building looks today.  This is thanks to Maria Fabrizi, who is one of four entrepreneurs operating small businesses from No 2 Silver St.  Maria contacted us, and put us in touch with Mike Hodgson who has kindly allowed us to display the image of this branch in modern times. We were subsequently delighted to receive the period photos from Stephen Gee who has also helped us with images relating to Martins Bnak’s Branch at Sowerby Bridge. Maintaining two large branches in the same street does seem, on the face of it, an extravagent thing to do, yet No 2 and No 16 Silver Street are run together as branches of the newly created Martins Bank from 1928 until 1946, when No 2 is closed. 

 

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Images © Stephen Gee

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Our thanks to two of the people who now operate businesses from 2 Silver Street for these excellent views spanning more than seventy years.  It is always amazing when someone contacts us having found a missing piece of the Martins jigsaw amongst their photographs…

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1930s Images © Stephen Gee

Image © 2014 Mike Hodgson

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Halifax BT39No 2 Silver Street is a branch of the Halifax Commercial Bank, having been an original office of Messrs Hainsworth Holden Swaine and Pollard, who operated a banking service as long ago as 1779.  In this image from the 1939 Halifax Area Telephone Directory – Image © 1939 BT – we see the two main Halifax Branches of the Bank are listed along with a further Branch at King Cross.  Although No 16 outlives No 2 as a Martins Branch, it is nowadays a public house, whereas No 2 remained as a branch of TSB bank/Lloyds Banking Group until 2009.

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-323 Halifax 2 Silver Street

Full Branch 

2 Silver Street Halifax Yorkshire

--- Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130 

Halifax 4662

Counter

Not Known

1780 – 1802?

Pre 1920

16 January 1920

3 January 1928

1946

2015

opened by Messrs Hainsworth Holden Swaine and Pollard

Halifax Commercial Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed

Various businesses assigned from January 2014: Maria's Stamps*,

Red Patch, Serendipity and Three Bags Full.

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*OUR THANKS TO MARIA FABRIZI FOR THIS INFORMATION AND

TO STEPHEN GEE AND MIKE HODGSON FOR THE IMAGES

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