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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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It is 1877, and although the local commercial conditions generally preclude Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank from opening any new full branches, they do take the step of opening a sub branch at Lymm in Cheshire.  Despite much anxiety at the time due to the complete failure of the City of Glasgow Bank, the Lancashire and Yorkshire is extraordinarily lucky to suffer no run whatsoever, and the Manchester press congratulates the Bank, predicting a profitable future.   Trade in general must have remained fairly good, as Lymm survives all mergers to become part of Barclays for at least a year or so before closing in 1971.


Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1767

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection – E  Brogdale 1962


Image © Lilywhite and Successors

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The magnificent colour picture of the branch is taken in 1962 by a customer of the branch Mr Eric Brogdale who kindly gives his permission for it to be reproduced in Martins Bank Magazine.  It really would be hard to find a more idyllic setting for one of Martins Bank’s offices, and the original photo shown here definitely has a “chocolate box” appeal to it, including as it does an almost perfect reflection of the building in the nearby water.

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Lymm is kept open for business during World War II, and as seen in the Staff Gallery below, it is looked after by one of Martins’ “army” or women Managers, Mr V A Howard.  the Bank tries wherever possible to run Branches, but in some parts of the Country the demands of the Kennet Committee on the male staff to fight for their country, coupled with the home and war work responsibilities of the women cause many Branches to be closed for the duration.

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1927 to 1934 Mr H I Jones clerk in charge MBM-Wi55P45.jpg

1942 to 1946 Mrs V A Howard Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp47P24.jpg

1946 to 1955 Mr R M Teare Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp67P53.jpg

1955 to 1964 Mr G Reynolds Clerk in Charge MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1964 to 1967 Mr H Mayhall Clerk in Charge MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1967 Mr R Smith Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp67P07.jpg

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Mr H I Jones

Clerk in Charge

1927 to 1934

Mrs V A Howard

Wartime Clerk in Charge

1942 to 1946

Mr R M Teare

Clerk in Charge

1946 to 1955

Mr G Reymolds

Clerk in Charge

1955 to 1964

Mr H Mayhall

Clerk in Charge

1964 to 1967

Mr R Smith

Clerk in Charge

1967 onwards

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Index No and District:






11-75-50 Lymm

Self Accounting Sub Branch to 11-01-90 Warrington

1 Eagle Brow Lymm Cheshire

756 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Lymm 3249

No Nightsafe

Mr R Smith Clerk in Charge



15 December 1969

15 May 1971


opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-53-55 Lymm Dingle


Estate Agency