Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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New Mills is actually in Derbyshire, but the postal address for Martins Bank’s branch there, is Stockport Cheshire.  An original office of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, New Mills comes to the Bank in 1928 when that bank merges with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins to create the modern day Martins Bank.  From 1935 the branch is run as a sub office to Stockport, the last Manager being Mr W R Bowness.  The earliest recorded manager of New Mills under the L and Y Bank is Mr W Rigby in 1922. He is replaced by Mr Bowness in 1926.  During World War II the Branch is managed by Nora Adams, one of the Bank’s army of women Clerks in Charge.

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In Service: 1905 until 21 September 1970


Image © Barclays Ref 0030-2034

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In the 1960s New Mills opens for a full six day banking week and is self accounting. It survives the merger with Barclays, but only just, lasting less than one year and closing in late 1970.  Our feature below concerns Mr F Owen who retires from the post of Clerk in Charge at New Mills in 1963…

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1954 to 1963 Mr F Owen Clerk in Charge MBM-Su63P55.jpg1963 02 MBM.jpgAt the end of March Mr. F. Owen, Clerk-in-Charge at New Mills branch, retired after forty-four years' service and he and his wife entertained present and for­mer colleagues at a dinner party at the Cheadle Hulme Club. After a most enjoyable meal Mr. J. C. Higenbottam (Manager, Stockport) referred to the high re­gard which colleagues and custo­mers alike had always felt for Frank Owen. A bouquet was presented to Mrs. Owen by Mrs. Higenbottam. Mr. R. Tanner (Manchester Dis­trict Inspector) then conveyed the good wishes of the District General Management and in presenting Mr. Owen on behalf of the sub­scribers with a stainless-steel tea set, spoke of his sterling services to the Bank. In a witty and very amusing reply Mr. Owen, who had earlier been a guest at luncheon of Mr. E. H. Priestley (Manchester District General Manager), enter­tained the guests with several amusing anecdotes culminating in the reading of a letter from a customer which proved that bank­ing is not always as dull as it is sometimes thought to be. Mr. Owen entered the Lanca­shire and Yorkshire Bank in 1919 and served at branches in the Man­chester District throughout his career. He was appointed Clerk-in-Charge at New Mills in 1954.

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1908 MR S B Hadfield joined the bank here MBM-Au51P22.jpg

1926  to1935 Mr W R Bowness Managaer MBM-Au47P17.jpg

1935 to 1941 Mr J H Walker Clerk in Charge MBM-Su66P04.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr K E Stansfield joined the bank here MBM-AU66P05.jpg

1941 to 1946 Miss Nora Adams Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp47P24.jpg

1954 to 1963 Mr F Owen Clerk in Charge MBM-Su63P55.jpg

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Mr S B Hadfield

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W R Bowness


1926 to 1935

Mr J H Walker

Clerk in Charge

1935 to 1941

Mr K E Stansfield

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1940

Miss Nora Adams

Clerk in Charge

1941 to 1946

Mr F Owens

Clerk in Charge

1954 to 1963

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Index Number and District:





11-36-60 New Mills

Self Accounting Sub to 11-26-80 Stockport

82/84 Market Street New Mills Stockport Cheshire

763 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

New Mills 3141

Nightsafe Installed

Mr L Heyworth pro Manager

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15 December 1969

21 September 1970

Opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-60-41 New Mills Market Street


Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 67 Front St

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