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Equitable Bank

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A choice of branches…

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The Halifax Equitable Bank establishes a branch in 1911, at South Parade, Stainland. At the time of the creation of Martins Bank Limited in 1928, both the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank AND the Bank of Liverpool and Martins have their own Branches at Stainland, one at Holroyd Square, the other at Manor House.  Three Branches of Martins Bank in a small town is not, of course, ideal, and by the end of 1928, South Parade wins out as the Branch best placed to attract business and to cope with future expansion of local business. 

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In the Branch photograph (right), which dates from the 1940s, opening times are Monday and Friday, 11 to 2.  By the time of the Barclays merger in 1969, hours have been extended over five days, but they do allow for a lunch break.  Smaller sub-Branches sometimes have these built-in breaks to allow the one cashiering member of staff time for the toilet and bite to eat.  The second member of staff is often known as a “guard” and does not interact with the Bank’s customers.  Stainland remains open for almost ten more years before being closed permanently in 1979.

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

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Mr R B Barrett

Clerk in Charge

1918 to 1921






Index Number and District:






11-66-30 Stainland South Parade                                

Sub to 11-66-30 Elland

South Parade Stainland Halifax Yorkshire

731 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1100-1200 and 1230-1400

No Saturday Service

Stainland 2204

Counter Service Only

Mr I A M Bremner Manager (Elland)


13 July 1927

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

29 June 1979

Opened by Halifax Equitable Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-29-48 Elland


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