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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank ends its first decade in very good shape, opening new branches in 1881/2 at Bury, Haslingden and Dewsbury, and sub branches at Ramsbottom, Manchester New Cross, and Swinton.  Swinton is originally a sub branch to Pendleton, and our records show Mr G Taylor being in charge of both branches in 1922. By the time of the merger of Martins and Barclays in 1969, Swinton is a full branch open six days a week, but there are some last minute changes afoot: Swinton Shopping Centre is built in 1969, and Martins has already committed to moving its branch there, before the announcement of the merger.  The old branch is closed, and Martins effectively hands over the keys of the new office to Barclays, who have been there ever since.  There is a rare opportunity to look at the new branch with its short-lived Martins signage on our page for SWINTON 145 CHORLEY ROAD.  There is only one short feature in Martins Bank Magazine that relates to Swinton - The Institute of Bankers examinations are taken by a surprisingly large number of male and female bank clerks in the 1950s.  Success brings not only confirmation of one’s own competence in the field of banking, it is also a source of great pride to the employer.

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1937 Swinton Exterior 1 BGA Ref 30-2875

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This could be seen as a sort of intellectual equivalent of the many inter bank sporting contests.  In 1950, the Bank is once again delighted with the academic performance of another Martins employee.

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1950 04 MBM.jpgThe name of Martins Bank is again well to the fore in the results of the 1950 examinations of the Institute of Bankers and is it particularly pleasing to record the success of a lady member of the staff,  Miss Vera Spencer of our Swinton Branch, in winning the Frank Steele Diploma Prize for Law and Practice relating to Negotiable Instruments in the Banking and Trustee Diploma Examinations Part One.  Well done, Vera!

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1929 to 1937 Mr F S Martin joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P08.jpg

1942 to 1946 Mr T B Hamilton Manager MBM-Su59P51.jpg

1946 to 1949 Mr S M Lee Manager MBM-Wi60P56.jpg

1950 Miss Vera Spencer MBM-Wi50P52.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr J L Whitehead MBM-Wi67P04.jpg

1954 to 1954 Mr F Parker joined the bank here MBM-Au68P08.jpg

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Mr F S Martin

Joined the Bank Here

1929 to 1937

Mr T B Hamilton


1942 to 1946

Mr S M Lee


1946 to 1949

Miss Vera Spencer

On the Staff


Mr J L Whitehead

On the Staff

1950 to 1951

Mr F Parker

Joined the Bank Here

1954 to 1954

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1968 Mr AS Dennett Manager MBM-Su68P23.jpg

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Mr A S Dennett


1968 onwards









Index Number and District:






11-49-80 Swinton Lancs

Full Branch

137 Chorley Road Swinton Manchester

784 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 794 1941

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A S Dennett Manager


3 January 1928

June 1969

15 December 1969


Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and Moved to 145 Chorley Road

Barclays Bank Limited 20-84-71 Swinton


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