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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens its Branch at Garstang in 1919. Despite its proximity to Preston,  Garstang Branch is part of the Bank’s Northern, not Manchester District.  The town of Garstang lies south of Lancaster on the A6, and has the next Martins Branch south of Lancaster University.   Garstang is famous for its mini-roundabouts, Lancashire cheese making, and in the 1960s for the Garstang Show - one of the many events attended each year by one of Martins Bank’s Mobile Branch caravans.

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In this rare colour shot we see the Mobile Branch Staff proudly holding the cup for best stand at the 1966 Garstang Show.  You can see a larger version of this image and read a little more about the staff in attendance on our MOBILE BRANCHES page.

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 1044/0003

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Our feature takes us back to 1961 and the retirement of Mr C Haworth, who has been Manager at Garstang for twenty-one years…

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1961 01 MBM.jpg1940 to 1961 Mr C Haworth Manager MBM-Wi61P53.jpgTo mark the occasion of his retirement after 43 years' service Mr. C. Haworth entertained his colleagues, past and present, to tea at Garstang Branch on the afternoon of August 29th. During the course of the proceedings Mr. Wood, second-in- command, wished him a happy retirement on behalf of the staff and then called upon Mr. N. N. Jobling, the District General Manager, to make the presenta­tion on behalf of the subscribers of a silver salver.

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In conveying the good wishes and thanks of the General Management for his long and loyal service, Mr. Jobling referred to the way in which Mr. Haworth had built up the Branch over the past 25 years from a sub office to the full Branch it is to-day. It would, he said, always stand as a monument to his labours. A Ronson lighter was then presented to Mrs. Haworth by Miss A. Ryder and the party afterwards adjourned to the Hamilton Arms Hotel, where they were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Haworth to an excellent buffet meal. Mr. Haworth entered the Bank in 1918 at Sedbergh, and subsequently served at Barrow, Morecambe, Grange and Lancaster before receiving his first appointment, as Pro Manager at Garstang, in 1937. He became Manager there in 1940.

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1937 to 1949 Mr C H Exley MBM-Wi65P04.jpg

1940 to 1961 Mr C Haworth Manager MBM-Wi61P53.jpg

1945 to 1946 Mr F Bush joined the bank here MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1961 to 1968 Mr J C Watson Manager MBM-Wi68P08.jpg

1968 Mr F Wade Manager MBM-Wi68P09.jpg

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Mr C H Exley

On the Staff

1937 to 1949

Mr C Haworth


1940 to 1961

Mr F Bush

Joined the Bank Here

1945 to 1946

Mr J C Watson


1961 to 1968

Mr Frank Wade


1968 onwards



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Index Number and District:






11-94-30 Garstang

Full Branch

12 High Street Garstang Preston Lancashire

225 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Garstang 2114

Nightsafe Installed

Mr F Wade Manager



3 January 1928

15 December 1969

opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-33-45 Garstang