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Equitable Bank

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When the Equitable Bank merges with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins in 1927, a sub-Branch at Shelf has already been planned, and is opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins in November that year.

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Image © 1927 Kelly’s Directory

of Yorkshire

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Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Account for 1934 © Barclays


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Main branches are found at 2 and 16 Silver Street and at King Cross, all in Halifax itself, and 2 Silver Street has a sub branch at Ripponden. Shelf, and a further sub-Branch at Ovenden are sub-Branches to 2 Silver Street Halifax.  Shelf remains open until 1942, when the needs of war outweigh the Bank’s capablility to staff each and every outlet.  Whilst a number branches close until the end of the War, many more remain closed in what is to become the second period of consolidation for the modern day Martins Bank. 

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Index Number and District:






11-323 Shelf                                                                   

Sub to 11-323 Halifax 16 Silver Street

Tower Buildings Wade House Road Shelf Yorkshire

618 Leeds

Not Known

Not Known

Low Moor 164

Counter Only

Mr R B Sutton Manager (Halifax 1940)

1 November 1927

3 January 1928

31 August 1942

Opened by the Equitable Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War 2 but not re-opened

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