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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank opens a Branch at Leek, Staffordshire, on New Year’s Day 1926. This is just two years before the Lancashire and Yorkshire and the Bank of Liverpool and Martins join forces to create the modern day Martins Bank.

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1948 Leek Crossing Stamp MBASep 1.jpg

These origins place Leek under MANCHESTER District Office rather than Midland, which might have seemed more appropriate.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1589

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Martins Bank opens a second branch in the town, at Leek Cattle Market in 1960. In two features taken from Martins Bank Magazine we find ourselves saying goodbye to TWO Managers, Mr Rowlands in 1960 and Mr Cumberlidge in 1967. It is interesting to note that Mr Rowlands’ leaving present is a “VHF” (now called “FM”) Radio. To use a VHF radio receiver is still regarded as being a fairly “geeky” thing to do in 1960. Experiments with so called “hi-fi” sound have lead to this technological breakthrough, the BBC only having begun transmitting on VHF five years earlier. The first regular stereophonic transmissions will not begin until 1966. Given the choice of delivery platforms we have for thousands of radio stations today, it is sobering to think that in 1960 there will be just three services available for Mr Rowlands to listen to on his VHF receiver!

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1960 02 MBM.jpg1938 to 1960 Mr R N Rowlands Manager MBM-Su60P52.jpgOn February 29th, Mr. R. N. Rowlands, Manager of Leek branch for 12 years, retired from the service of the Bank after 43 years and is to take up residence in the south-west of England. The staff at Leek were entertained to dinner by Mr. and Mrs. Rowlands at the Southbank Hotel, Leek, to mark the occasion. During the course of the evening Mr. H. N. Davis, second-in-command, spoke of the kindliness, charm and unfailing courtesy of Mr. Rowlands and on behalf of past and present members of the Leek staff presented him with a portable V.H.F. radio receiver as a token of the esteem and affection in which he is held. His remarks were endorsed by Mr. H. Cumberlidge, the new manager. A former member of the staff, Mr. G. C. Ryding, now Manager at Heywood, also spoke. Later, Mrs. Bradley and Miss E. Ward presented Mrs. Rowlands with a bouquet and Miss Norma Rowlands with a box of chocolates. The previous week Mr. Rowlands had been entertained to lunch by Mr. Tonge, Man­chester District General Manager. The other bank managers in the town had also given Mr. Rowlands a china tea service, this being further evidence of the goodwill that has existed in this market town towards him. He entered the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank in 1916 and served at various branches, including Oldham Street, Deansgate and Altrincham. He was appointed Pro Manager at Altrincham in 1938 and Manager at Leek ten years later.

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This Leek Branch cheque from the collection of Stephen Walker was printed in June 1951. It bears the NATIONAL NUMBER for Leek Branch, 11-431. By the early 1960s and the advent of READER/SORTER technology, British banks will adopt the six digit sorting sode numbers that are still in use today.

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1589

Image © Stephen Walker

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1964 02 MBM.jpg1960 to 1964 Mr H Cumberlidge Manager MBM-Su64P58.jpgon April 30TH Herbert Cumberlidge retired after almost 45 years' service with the Bank, ending his career as Manager of Leek branch. To celebrate the occasion he gave an informal cocktail party at the Mulberry Hotel for the many friends he had made during his service. Well over fifty people, from a colleague of his first day's work for the Bank to the present junior clerk at Leek, attended. Mr H. N. Davis, second man at Leek, in handing Mr Cumberlidge a cheque on behalf of subscribers, spoke of his renown as a raconteur and of his general popularity among staff and customers alike. Mr Cumberlidge then responded amusingly. Mr N. R. Manser (Manchester Superin­tendent of Branches) represented the Dis­trict Management and Mrs Bradley, senior lady at Leek, presented Mrs Cumberlidge with a bouquet. The previous day Mr Cumberlidge had been entertained to lunch by his District General Manager at Spring Gardens. He entered the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1919, serving at Macclesfield and Ardwick before entering H.M. Forces in 1942. After the war he served at several branches in the Manchester District and was appointed Manager at Chorlton-cum-Hardy branch in 1955. He became Manager at Leek in 1960.

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Leek might have closed in 1970, but today it is still home to a bank. We are indebted to Anthony Prime for the contemporary shot of 16 Derby Street, wearing its new clothes as Halifax Bank. Anthony took the trouble to photograph the building from the same angle as the period photo, which really helps show how things have changed there over nearly five decades.

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Image © Barclays Ref 30-1589

Image © Anthony Prime - March 2016

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1940 to 1941 Mr K E Stansfield  MBM-AU66P05.jpg

1948 to 1960 Mr R N Rowlands Manager MBM-Su60P52.jpg

1960 to 1964 Mr H Cumberlidge Manager MBM-Su64P58.jpg

1964 Mr EI Medcalf Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

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Mr K E Stansfield

On the Staff

1940 to 1941

Mr R N Rowlands

Manager

1948 to 1960

Mr H Cumberlidge

Manager

1960 to 1964

Mr E I Medcalf

Manager

1964 onwards

 

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

Haywood Street

Cattle Market

1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1

DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

Leek Branch

Cattle Market

 

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LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

9 Smithfield

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

Derby Street

Cattle Market

 

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MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

Derby Street

Cattle Market

 

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

Leek Branch

Cattle Market

Derby Street

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-34-50 Leek

Full Branch

PO Box 18 16 Derby Street Leek Staffordshire

752 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Leek 3628

Nightsafe Installed

Mr E L Medcalf Manager

 

 

Sub Branches

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11-34-50 LEEK CATTLE MARKET

1 January 1926

3 January1928

15 December 1969

22 April 1970

Currently

Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-48-69 Leek Derby Street

Closed and moved to 83 Haywood Street

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