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West Riding Union Bank

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The earliest mention of Milnsbridge in Martins Bank’s records dates from 1888, when it opens as a branch of the West Riding Union Bank.  The progression of this branch into Martins’ ownership begins in 1902 when the West Riding Union is taken over by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank.  This move consolidates the L and Y’s position in Yorkshire, giving it comprehensive coverage of much of the county outside Leeds.  In 1928 Martins inherits a second Branch at Milnsbridge, in Yates Lane, but it is closed almost immediately.   Milnsbridge is a busy branch in the 1960s, open full banking hours including Saturday mornings.  Suviving the merger with Barclays, the branch continues in service until March 2011, when despite political pressure in Parliament from the local MP, the doors are closed.  Business is drifting away from Milnsbridge shops and banks, and either onto the internet or into the out-of-town malls… 2011 sees a new round of bank branch closures at a time when pressure on banks is strong from all sides.  All too often the lowly-paid staff at ordinary branches are seen as almost indistinguishable from the risk-taking investment arms of their organisations.  At branch level, a “banker’s bonus” is much more likely to be one extra day’s holiday after 20 years’ service than a million pounds…

In service: 1888 – 18 March 2011

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1914

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Index Number and District:






11-84-40 Milnsbridge

Sub to Huddersfield                                           

31 Market Street Milnsbridge Huddersfield Yorkshire

748 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Huddersfield 53113

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr J Speak Manager (Huddersfield)


15 July 1902

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

18 March 2011

The West Riding Union Bank

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-43-05 Huddersfield 27 Market Place

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

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