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Craven Bank

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Situated between Skipton and Settle is Martins Bank’s Hellifield sub-Branch. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, and once an important railway junction, nowadays the village suffers somewhat from having the main A65 road cutting straight through its centre – having such a connection with the outside world is only useful when visitors actually stop and buy something, whilst an excess of visitors is undesireable - a dilemma that faces many such towns and villages in this beautiful part of Craven country. Between them, Skipton and Settle have six sub branches. These offices tend to “fit in” with their surroundings, and Hellifield is no exception, with its modest shop front in the window of an ordinary terraced house. 


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1960 s Hellifield Close Up BGA Ref 30-1267

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1267

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Although Hellifield only opens for five and a half hours each week under Martins Bank, it survives the merger with Barclays and goes on to serve local customers for a further thirty one years. It is sad to note that in the twenty first century very few of these tiny offices are left…

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Index Number and District:






11-68-70 Hellifield

Sub to 11-68-70 Settle

Main Street Hellifield Skipton Yorkshire

113 Craven

Mon and Thu 1100-1345

No Saturday Service

Hellifield 835

No Nightsafe

Mr F E Burnett Manager (Settle)


Pre 1906

23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

23 May 1991


Craven Bank Limited

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-76-53 Settle


The Little Salon