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In Martins Bank’s time, Gisburn is a sub-Branch to Clitheroe, but this was not always so. The last set of partners to run the Craven Bank decide in 1880 that incorporation is the only way to go, and the Craven Bank Limited is born.  At this time the structure of branches is different to the way in which it will be organised after the Craven Branches become part of Martins Bank.  Thus Gisburn is a sub branch to Skipton, and Clitheroe isn’t yet a full branch, being a satellite to Burnley. 

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If you can tell us what this building is used for nowadays, please get in touch as the usual address – In 1969 Martins Bank magazine visits Clitheroe Branch and meets a member of the staff who regularly mans the counters of the Bank’s sub branches at Gisburn and Chatburn

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1969 Gisburn Exterior 1 Close up BGA Ref 30-1058

Image © Barclays Ref 30/1058

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1969 03 MBM.jpgRoger Riley joined the Bank at Burnley four years ago and after a spell at Padiham, his home town, came to Clitheroe where he has a mobile sort of existence working between the sub-branches at Chatburn and Gisburn. He is a member of the Padi­ham Photographic Club and is a keen artist. Although he had just passed his driving test he is not as enthus­iastic about motoring as his colleague Geoff Whitney...

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

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A change of hours…

At the end of July 1946, an advertisement like this one (right), is taken out by the Bank to tell readers of the Clitheroe Advertiser that having been mothballed for the duration of the Second World War service is to be resumed at Chatburn sub-Branch, and also to let customers of Gisburn sub-Branch know about a change that will affect the opening hours of that particular office.  Both sub-Branches are manned by staff from the parent Branch at Castle Street Clitheroe, and opening hours have to be worked out to allow for the logistics of making sure that the right staff can attend the right sub-Branch at the right time, and on the right day…  

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1968 Mr JC Watson Manager MBM-Wi68P08.jpg

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Roger Riley

Sub Branch Clerk


Mr J C Watson

Clitheroe Manager






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1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1


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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-93-20 Gisburn

Sub to 11-93-20 Clitheroe 

Main Street Gisburn Lancashire

105 Craven

Tue and Fri 1115-1230 and 1300-1430

No Saturday Service

Gisburn 306

Counter Service Only

Mr J C Watson Manager (Clitheroe)



23 March 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

27 March 1980

Opened by the Craven Bank Limited

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-22-25 Clitheroe, Castle Street


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