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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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In 1919, when the Bank of Liverpool and Martins absorbs the Palatine Bank, it inherits three branches in and around Oldham – at UNION STREET, WERNETH, and SHAW.  Upon the creation of the modern day Martins Bank in January 1928, a further Oldham Branch – this splendid looking building in Yorkshire Street – is added to the Branch Portfolio by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. It becomes the main Branch in the town, with Union Street closing in 1930.  It also survives the merger with Barclays, remaining open until 1986.  For our features, we look at a talented singer who works at Oldham Branch, and at the retirement of Mr England, Manager of the Branch for sixteen years…

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Oldham – palace of song?

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1949 01 MBM.jpgThe production in November of VIRGINIA this season’s choice of the Oldham Amateur Operatic Society, is of special interest to Martins Bank because of the success of Doreen Jepson in the title role. Of her performance, the Oldham Evening Chronicle said: “Doreen Jepson is favoured with an engaging personality, and a sense of comedy which enables her to present the candid, somewhat gawky, slangy girl with ashtonishing ease. 

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Her American accent is natural, and she sings and dances 1949 Miss Doreen Jepson Staff Member MBM-Sp49P26.jpgwithout seeming effort”. Doreen has, on occasion, engaged professionally in vaudeville, repertory, musical comedy and concert party work, having acquired proficiency in elocution and and singing.  The Secretary of the Oldham Amateur Operatic Society says Doreen is the life and soul of the party, and was a resounding success in her part of Virginia.  The photograph shows her as she appeared in the play.  Doreen entered the service at Oldham in June 1945 and has been there ever since. She was educated at Ashton Secondary School.



Henry the Fifth and a motor mower…

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1968 03 MBM.jpgretiring at the end of July as Manager at Oldham, Mr Thomas England had completed 45 years' service, including four years with H.M. Forces. He entered the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank at Blackpool in 1923 and was appointed Manager at Friargate, Preston in 1939, Sub-Manager at Bury in 1941, and Manager at Oldham in 1952.

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1968 Mr T England Retirment Photo MBM-Au68P54On the evening of July 16 he and his wife acted as hosts to about forty friends and colleagues at a farewell gathering held in the congenial atmosphere of Birch Hall Hotel, Lees. Among those present were Messrs N. E. Foster, F. Tunstall, G. S. Gallagher, W. P. Glover and A. Meadowcroft, constituting what might be termed a five-star retirement. 


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At the beginning of the proceedings Miss Barbara Rathbone presented Mrs England with a bouquet. Mr Sim (Pro Manager) then paid tribute to Mr England's enthusiasm for banking and spoke of his services as a local magistrate and in the fields of politics and education. Thanking everyone for the gifts of a transistor radio and a cheque, to be used for the purchase of a motor mower, Mr England referred to some of the turning points of his career. He summed up his feelings by quoting from Henry V—'Old men forget; yet shall be forgot, yet he'll remember with advantages what feats he did that day.' During the month of his retirement he lunched at Head Office as the guest of Mr Maxwell and at District Office with Mr Foster.

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1904 Mr G Dawson joined the bank here MBM-Sp49P20.jpg

1915 to at least 1920 Mr J E Lomas joined the bank here MBM-Sp59P49.jpg

1919 to 1922 Mr C K Holden  MBM-Wi48P48.jpg

1923 to 1926 Mr W R Bowness Cashier MBM-Au47P17.jpg

1927 to 1946 Mr S R Walker Manager MBM-Sp47P30.jpg

1932 to 1939 Mr T Whittaker Pro Manager MBM-Sp60P46.jpg

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Mr G Dawson

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J E Lomas

Joined the Bank Here

1915 to 1920

Mr C K Holden

On the Staff

1919 to 1922

Mr W R Bowness


1923 to 1926

Mr S R Walker


1927 to 1946

Mr T Whittaker

Pro Manager

1932 to 1939

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1932 to 1956 Mr J M Baldwin MBM-Au62P56.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr K Halliwell joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

1939 to 1952 Mr C Thornton Pro Manager MBM-Wi55P46.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr HV Jobling MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

1944 to 1946 Mr P D Lawson joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P08.jpg

1946 to 1952 Mr P B Walton Manager MBM-Au52P54.jpg

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Mr J M Baldwin

On the Staff

1932 to 1956

Mr K Halliwell

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1939

Mr C Thornton

Pro Manager

1937 to 1952

Mr H V Jobling

On the Staff

1941 to 1942

Mr P D Lawson

Joined the Bank Here

1944 to 1946

Mr P B Walton


1946 to 1952

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1949 Miss Doreen Jepson  MBM-Sp49P26.jpg

1951 to 1960 Mr K T Downham Pro Manager MBM-Wi60P50.jpg

1952 to 1968 Mr T England Manager MBM-Au68P54.jpg

1968 Mr SM Dearden Manager MBM-Au68P15.jpg

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Miss Doreen Jepson

On the Staff


Mr K T Downham

Pro Manager

1951 to 1960

Mr Thomas England


1952 to 1968

Mr S M Dearden


1968 onwards



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Index Number and District:






11-55-60 Oldham

Full Branch 

50 Yorkshire Street Oldham Lancashire

508 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 624 4453

Nightsafe Installed

Mr S M Dearden Manager

Sub Branches

11-15-90 WERNETH

11-71-70 SHAW


3 January 1928

15 December 1969

17 March 1986


Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-64-14 Oldham Yorkshire Street


Public House