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Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

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A Branch at Warrington comes into the ownership of Martins Bank through the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins and the Lancashire and Yorkshire bank in 1928. These small but impressive premises are opened by the Lancashire And Yorkshire in 1874, and remain open as a bank for sixty-four years until 1937 when Martins Bank moves to 78 BRIDGE STREET. These are the days before governments have had the chance to interfere with county boundaries, and Warrington has not yet been made to hop across the border from Lancashire into Cheshire.

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Our picture comes from a 1922 L and Y Bank publication, and the above extract from Kelly’s Directory of Lancashire 1924, confirms the address of the Branch. Until the move to Bridge Street, Warrington is listed in the telephone directory simply as “L&Y Branch”, with no other address details.

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Image © 1922 Martins Bank Archive Collection: The W N Townson Bequest


Our thanks to Barclays Group Archives, for looking on our behalf into Martins Bank’s premises register, which reveals that the Branch at 34/36 Horsemarket Street is acquired by Warrington Corporation for the purposes of street widening. Martins Bank’s new Branch is erected by the bank on the corner of Bridge Street and Rylands Street, and is opened for business on Monday 31 May 1937.

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1909 Mr Stanley C Owen joined the bank here MBM-Wi53P52.jpg

1924 Mr R M Teare joined the bank here MBM-Sp67P53.jpg

1927 to 1938 Mr J L Shenton joined the bank here MBM-Au59P06.jpg

1936 to 1947 Mr H M Neild Manager MBM-Wi56P48.jpg

1938 to 1952 Mr J Ratcliffe joined the bank here MBM-Su69P15.jpg

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Mr Stanley C Owen

Joined the Bank here


Mr R M Teare

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J L Shenton

Joined the Bank Here

1927 to 1938

Mr H M Nield


1936 to 1947

Mr J Ratcliffe

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1952


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Index No and District:






11-863 Warrington

Main Branch

34 and 36 Horsemarket Street Warrington Lancashire

96 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500 

Saturday 0930-1100

Warrington 589

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H M Neild Manager

Sub Branches


December 1874

3 January 1928

Saturday 29 May 1937

opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business moved to 78 Bridge Street

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