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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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Amongst the large stock of Manchester branches that comes to Martins Bank through the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire bank in 1928, are offices at both Manchester Corn Exchange, AND Manchester Exchange.  Exchange does not last very long at all as a Martins branch, and is closed in 1929. This is the fate of a number of Branches at this time, as is part of the new Bank’s first consolidation of the Branch network. 

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Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts for 1928 – © Barclays

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 Image © BT- 1928



Image © Kelly’s Directory of Manchester 1929 

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The Corn Exchange Branch however, occupies a prominent position on the corner of Corporation Street and would most likely have remained a key branch in the City if it hadn’t been for the Manchester Blitz which destroyed it at Christmas 1940.   Although not shown as a sub-Branch, Manchester Exchange Branch is listed in Martins Bank’s Annual Report and Accounts for 1928 under the control of Mr F B Cocker, who is Manager of Miles Platting Branch, and another sub-Branch at Moston.  We are fortunate have a number of Exchange Branch staff photos in the gallery below.  If you can help with information or images of this or indeed any of Martins Banks 980+ Branch buildings, please do get in touch with us at the usual address –

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1910 to 1916  Mr W H Phillips joined the bank herer MBM-Sp55P49.jpg

1917 to 1918 Mr K T Downham MBM-Wi60P50.jpg

1919 Mr F M Winfield Second Cashier MBM-Au46P23.jpg

1923 to 1929 Mr E Barlow Second Cashier MBM-Su53P51.jpg

1924 to 1929 Mr W A Hill  MBM-Su68P50.jpg

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Mr W H Phillips

Joined the Bank Here

1910 to 1916

Mr K T Downham

On the Staff

1917 to 1918

Mr F M Winfield

Second Cashier


Mr E Barlow

Second Cashier

1923 to 1929

Mr W A Hill

On the Staff

1924 to 1929


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Index Number and District:






11-548 Manchester Exchange

Sub to Manchester Miles Platting

23 Market St Manchester

701 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1200

CITy 6080

Counter Service only 

Mr F B Cocker Manager (1929)

Pre 1922

3 January 1928


Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited