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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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1927 is a very busy year for the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, as preparations are finalised to take on the Branches of the Halifax Equitable Bank, and those of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank from which the modern day Martins Bank will be created.  Oakworth is one of seventeen new Branches and sub-Branches to be opened in 1927 as the “final batch” of new offices of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins. Situated in a beautiful part of God’s Own County (Yorkshire), Oakworth Station features in the timeless classic film “The Railway Children”, and Martins Bank’s Branch is located at Oakworth Hall. It is one of several former sub branches to Keighley, and in its time it appears to have been a busy little office, opening six days a week. 

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Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Martins has to mothball or close a large number of branches as the male staff are called up to fight for their country.  Even though an army of women cashiers and clerks in charge is deployed, increased demand to provide more staff for National Service means there is still a general staff shortage, and it makes sense for the smallest branches to be temporarily or permanently closed.  Having survived an initial cull of branches by Martins Bank in the period from 1930 to 1934, Oakworth is finally put to rest in 1939.

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2016 JAN Oakworth exterior (2) Dave Baldwin MBA

Image © Dave Baldwin – January 2016



Extracts from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts 1928 © Barclays

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Index Number and District:




Martins Bank Limited 11-398 Oakworth

Sub to 11-398 Keighley

63 Oakworth Hall Oakworth  Keighley Yorkshire

Mon to Fri 1015-1315

108 Craven

Saturday 1015-1130

No Telephone

Counter Service Only

Mr A W Hindle Manager (Keighley 1939)

10 May 1927

3 January 1928

17 June 1939


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited