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Halifax Commercial Bank

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The Halifax Commercial Bank merges with the Bank of Liverpool, and another useful batch of Yorkshire branches comes into the possession of Martins Bank.  Even before the major amalgamation with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank which will create the name of Martins Bank, the Bank of Liverpool and Martins has amassed a large number of full and sub-Branches in both counties.  Low Moor – sub-Branch to Wyke - is one of those branches, and in 1919 its name is immortalised on the Halifax Commercial Bank’s £5 note. Just a year before merging, the Halifax proudly displays the names of its offices on the outer edge.

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These include Brighouse, Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Hipperholme, Mytholmroyd, Castleford, Dewsbury, Pontefract and, of course, Low Moor. 

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In the 1960s Low Moor opens six days a week for a few hours, a pattern typical of many of Martins’ non self accounting branches, whose existence is dictated mainly by the day to day banking needs of local shops and businesses. 

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1910 Paying in Slip for Hal Com - S Walker MBA

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

- Stephen Wlaker


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This Halifax Commercial Banking Company paying in slip dates from the 1910s, and was specifically printed for use at the Brighouse Branch.

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1937 Low Moor Exterior 1 BGA Ref 30-1749.jpg

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1749

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1960 ish Low Moor Interior 1 BGA Ref 30-1749.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 30/1749


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Index Number and District:






11-74-90 Low Moor                                 

Sub to 11-74-90 Wyke

6 School Street Low Moor Bradford Yorkshire

613 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1200

Saturday 0930-1100

Bradford 676030


Mr K R Terry Manager (Wyke)


16 January 1920

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

20 November 1992

Opened by Halifax Commercial Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-99-04 Wyke