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Craven Bank

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Martins Bank’s Branch at Silsden is one of fourteen original main offices of the Craven Bank, which amalgamates with the Bank of Liverpool in 1906.  The Craven Bank area covers a large part of the West Riding of Yorkshire and part of Lancashire with branches at Skipton (Head Office) and thirty-nine Branches and sub-Branches across Yorkshire and Lancashire.  Pictured here in 1918, Silsden Branch bears the name of the Bank of Liverpool, which in turn absorbs Martin’s Private Bank in the same year, becoming The Bank of Liverpool and Martins  Limited.

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1918 Branch Exterior BGA

Image © Barclays

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1920 s Bank of Liverpool Silsden bag for £100 Sovreigns2010 Barclays Silsden ahead of branch closure Dave Baldwin.jpgThis cloth bag – very handy when you need just the right transportation for 100 Sovereigns – is personalised to Silsden branch, and was kindly donated to the Archive by Julian Taylor.  In 1928 the modern day Martins Bank is born. with the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. Silsden makes it through the subsequent merger with Barclays, and into the twenty-first century, closing its doors for the final time on Friday 25 February, 2011.  After it was announced that Silsden would be amongst a number of local Branches to be closed, this photograph of the branch was taken for posterity in 2010 by a member of Barclays’ staff. It seems almost reassuring that apart from the addition of a cash machine and a bus stop, little seems to have changed at Silsden in the last one hundred years or so! For our feature, we journey to 1957 and the retirement of Mr Lucas, a long serving member of staff who has been manager at Silsden since 1949…

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1957 04 MBM.jpgAt the close of business on October 31st a small but very happy tea party was held in the Manager’s room to mark the retirement of Mr. L. S. Lucas after 44 years’ service. No official presentation was made, as a sum of money contributed by colleagues, past and present, had already been handed to Mr. Lucas who intends to use it towards the purchase of a pair of binoculars. Two evenings previously Mr. Lucas enter­tained the staff and a number of other colleagues to dinner at the Crescent Hotel, Ilkley. Among them were Mr. Earnshaw of Keighley, Mr. Mashiter of Skipton and Mr. Hardcastle of Guiseley. Although informality was observed throughout at Mr. Lucas’s request, the occasion was used by those present to pay tribute to him and to express their good wishes. Mr. Lucas commenced his service in 1913 at Otley, served in the first war from 1916 to 1919, and afterwards returned to Otley. He went to Skipton in 1932 and his first appoint ment, as Pro Manager at Nelson, came in 1940. He became Pro Manager at Skipton in 1945, Assistant Manager there in 1947 and Manager at Silsden in 1949.

 

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1957 Silsden retirement gathering Dave Baldwin.jpg

Image Coutesy Rachel Hollings / Dave Baldwin 2010

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Banking by an open fire…

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1957 Joan Sant pictured in branch Dave Baldwin.jpg

Image Coutesy Rachel Hollings / Dave Baldwin 2010

We were delighted to receive this photograph of the informal gathering to celebrate the retirement of Mr Lucas on 31 october 1957.    Many of our Martins colleagues have been racking their brains to try and name everyone in the picture, and we now have just two positive identifications to be made.  If you recognise either of them, please let us know at gutinfo@btinternet.com .

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1?

2 Eric Ellison

3 John Mashiter

4 Eric Earnshaw

5 W C M Perkins (new Manager)

6 Joan Sant

7 L S Lucas (outgoing Manager)

8 Roy Hutchinson

9 A W Denton

10 Bertie Jones

11 (POSSIBLY) Johnnie F Bauer

This image (left) for which we are once again indebted to Rachel Hollings and Dave Baldwin, was taken about the same time as Mr Lucas’ tea party. It features Silsden staff member Joan Sant hard at work at her desk, by a lovely roaring open fire – a health and safety nightmare today, but back then, an essential form of heating…

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1916 to 1919 Mr A Dewhirst MBM-Su60P50.jpg

1917 to 1917 Mr P A Scott joined the bank here MBM-Wi61P51.jpg

1920 Mr J R Hardcastle joined the bank here and 1946 to 1956 MBM-Su65P54.jpg

1921 Mr G H Clark joined the bank here MBM-Su65P57.jpg

1924 to 1932 Mr D Tindall MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1926 Mr C J Verity Manager MBM-Au46P04.jpg

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Mr A Dewhirst

On the Staff

1916 to 1919

Mr P A Scott

Joined the Bank Here

1917 to 1917

Mr Jack R Hardcastle

Joined Here 1920

On the Staff 1946-56

Mr G H Clark

Joined the Bank Here

1921

Mr D Tindall

On the Staff

1924 to 1932

Mr C J Verity

Manager

1926

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1932 to 1936 Mr M Coates joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P04.jpg

1939 to 1941 Mr AW Denton MBM-Sp66P04.jpg

1949 to 1957 Mr L S Lucas Assistant Manager MBM-Wi57P49.jpg

1957 Joan Sant.jpg

1957 to 1967 Mr E Shackleton MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

1957 to 1967 Mr W C M Perkins Manager MBM-Sp67P53.jpg

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Mr M Coates

Joined the Bank Here

1932 to 1936

Mr A W Denton

On the Staff

1939 to 1941

Mr L S Lucas

Manager

1949 to 1957

Miss Joan Sant

On the Staff

1957

Mr E Shackleton

On the Staff

1957 to 1967

Mr C M Perkins

Manager

1957 to 1967

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1963 Julian Taylor Staff Member.jpg

1967 Mr AS Petty Manager MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

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Mr D Julian Taylor

On the Staff

1963

Mr A S Petty

Manager

1967 onwards

 

 

 

 

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-85-70 Silsden

Full Branch

23 Kirkgate Silsden Keighley Yorkshire

114 Craven

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Steeton 3270

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A S Petty Manager

By 1880

23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

25 February 2011

Currently

The Craven Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-78-20 silsden

Closed

Financial Services Consultancy

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