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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank


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Manchester Corn Exchange Branch is opened in 1920 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank at Trevelyan Buildings in Corporation Street.  In 1928 it becomes a Branch of the modern day Martins Bank Limited.

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1940 Corn Exchange Branch in Manchester Blitz Imperial War Museum Film.jpg

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

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Image © BT 1938

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The corner aspect of the branch is quite imposing, and this method of effectively having a branch in two streets at once is much favoured by Banks at this time. Sadly, Corn Exchange branch is one of seven of the Bank’s Offices that are destroyed by enemy action – in this case the Manchester Blitz of Christmas 1940.  We apologise for the rather blurred image captured from the footage of the Branch on fire. You can appreciate the full horror and the devastation of the Manchester Blitz – including images of Corn Exchange branch with spoken commentary – in a short film made by the Manchester Co-Operative Society held by the film archive of the Imperial War Museum HERE

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Image © Co-operative Society /Imperial War Museum 1940


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1929  to 1938  Mr E Barlow Pro Manager from 1931 MBM-Su53P51.jpg

1929 to 1940 Mr W A Hill MBM-Su68P50.jpg

1936 to 1939 Mr E I Medcalf MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1936 to 1941 Mr R S H Pawlyn Manager MBM-Wi48P13.jpg

1938 to 1941 Mr W G F Jessop Pro Manager MBM-Su55P50.jpg

1940 to 1941 Mr F H Foster joined the bank here MBM-Su66P04.jpg

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Mr E Barlow

On the Staff 1929-38

Manager from 1931

Mr W A Hill

On the Staff

1929 to 1940

Mr E I Medcalf

On the Staff

1936 to 1939

Mr R S H Pawlyn


1936 to 1941

Mr W G F Jessop

Pro Manager

1938 to 1941

Mr F H Foster

Joined the Bank Here

1940 to 1941

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Index Number and District:






11-538 Manchester Corn Exchange

Sub to 11-538 Manchester City Office

Trevelyan Building 43 Corporation Street Manchester

701 Manchster

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

BLAckfriars 9526

Counter Service Only 

Mr R S H Pawlyn Manager

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Pre 1922

3 January 1928


Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Destroyed by enemy action

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