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In 1928, when the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank merges with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, BOTH banks have a sub branch at Greetland.  The Bank of Liverpool and Martins has inherited one as a sub branch to Halifax, from its 1920 merger with the Halifax Commercial Banking Company, and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank brings its own as a sub branch to Elland.  The latter is kept on, with the Halifax Commercial Bank branch closing in February 1928, just over a month after the merger that creates the modern day Martins Bank.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1120


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Having been home to two banks – the Commercial and the Equitable - Halifax itself plays a strong part in fashioning the Martins Bank we know today, having some influence on financial decisions for a number of years, but  it is the purchase in 1926 of 28/30 Park Row Leeds, and its later establishment as a Martins Dstrict Office that puts paid to there being a valid argument for the creation or retention of  a Halifax District.  Martins Bank’s comprehensive coverage of Yorkshire is due to the number of individual banks and their branches with which it has amalgamated  over the years.  The Yorkshire branches are, however, scattered across several of Martins’ Districts, and it is this that actually has the effect of making Leeds one of the smaller Districts of the Bank…

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We are grateful to Martins Colleague and friend of the Archive, John robertshaw, for taking his camera around this part of Yorkshire to obtain contemporary shots of former Martins Bank Branches.  Here we see the building as a Branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1922, a Branch of Barclays in 1972, and as a hospice shop in 2015…

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection:

W N Townson Bequest

Image © Barclays

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection:

John Robertshaw

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1918 to 1921 Mr R B Barrett Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp54P53.jpg

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Mr R B Barrett

Clerk in Charge

1918 to 1921










Index Number and District:






11-66-30 Greetland

Sub to 11-66-30 Elland

5 Stainland Road Greetland Halifax Yorkshire

731 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1030-1400

Saturday 0930-1130

Elland 2503


Mr I A M Bremner Manager (Elland)



3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 26 February 1993


Opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-29-48 Elland


Hospice Shop