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At the time of the merger in 1906 of The Craven Bank with Bank of Liverpool, there are fifteen main branches, including the Skipton Head Office, and a further twenty-six sub branches including Brierfield, near Burnley.   The later absorption of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank brings together a number of branches in the Burnley area, and between 1906 and 1969, if we include a new branch built in 1963, a total of EIGHT Martins’ branches and sub branches have existed there - 7 Hargreaves Street, 13 Hargreaves Street, Duke Bar, Manchester Road,  St James Street, Brierfield, 111 Colne Road and Habergham.  Brierfield does enough banking business to warrant full opening hours each week including Saturday morning. 


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1940 ish Burnley Brierfield Exterior 30-386

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0386

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One or two chimney pots may have disappeared, but apart from that, Brierfield Sub Branch is just about recognisable today. Brierfield survives the merger with Barclays, and closes its doors as a bank for the final time on 17 June 1988….

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That was then…


Image © Barclays Ref 30/743

… and this is now

Image ©2014 Robert Wade

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Index Number and District:






11-36-20 Burnley Brierfield                            

Sub to 11-36-20 Burnley

4 Colne Road Brierfield Nelson Lancashire

104 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Nelson 64112

Nightsafe Installed

Mr C D Mudd Manager (Burnley)

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23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

17 June 1988


Opened by the Craven Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-15-70 Burnley 8 Manchester Road


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