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The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank operates five cattle market agencies in the 1920s, at Liverpool, Salford, York, Birkenhead and at Wakefield.  Of these only York makes it to 1969 and the merger with Barclays.   Cattle Market branches are run in a distinctly different way to other branches, which often presents bank inspectors with nightmares such as the amounts of cash on the premises taking the branch over limit, and the sheer volume of physical and mental work involved in handling large volumes of notes and coin.  L and Y Cattle Mkts Add to this the specific and complicated bargaining methods of traders such as Irish Drovers requiring payment in cash over the counter - without identification - and you’ll see the need to select staff with great mental agility and a good deal of stamina!  This aspect of cattle market banking is covered in greater detail on our York Cattle Market Page.  The Second World War claims a number of Martins Bank’s branches – not only those that are flattened by bombing, but also many for which the Bank cannot spare the staff to open them for only an hour or two each week.  The original idea is to mothball them until the war is over, but the economic situation at the end of the conflict dictates which should remain closed, and Wakefield Cattle Market Branch is one of these. We have no image of this branch, so if you can help, please do get in touch with us at the usual address: .

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Index Number and District:






11-846 Wakefield Cattle Market

Sub to 11-846 Wakefield

Cattle Market Denby Dale Road Wakefield

625 Leeds

Open Wednesday (hours not recorded)

No Saturday Opening 

No Telephone

Counter Service only

Thomas Brown (1922)

Pre 1922

3 January 1928


Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War 2 but not re-opened