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Martins Bank 1928+

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image072By 1963, Martins’ Branch at 38 Fishergate is structurally too old, too dark and too old fashioned to be the home of the modern day Martins Bank.  So begins a two year programme of  rebuilding, that sees the original Head Office of the Preston Union Bank at 38 Fishergate pulled down to allow an altogether more modern structure to be erected in its place.   For the duration of the building work – nearly two years - the Branch is relocated to these temporary premises at 19 Lune Street, which are cramped to say the least…

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Image © Lancashire Image Archive  www.lanternimages.lancashire.gov.uk

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Martins Bank Magazine gives the verdict of the Fishergate Staff in this short extract from an article about the new Branch:

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1965 04 MBM.jpgUntil last August the staff had spent two cramped and uncomfortable years in temporary premises at 19 Lune Street and it is not surprising that the pleasure and relief of working at last in a modern office was still being reflected three months later in sighs of joy whenever the visitor remarked on some feature of the new Branch.  An adjoining shop, deep but with a narrow frontage, has provided a machine room parallel with the main office and also an entrance hall, lift and staircase to the new Trustee Department and the tenanted accommoda­tion above…

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The image above and the one here on the right, which are reproduced by kind permission of Lancashire County Council, show the temporary Branch (to the right of the small archway, empty and boarded up) shortly after it is vacated by Martins in 1965. You can see the new premises, including newly discovered colour images of the interior and exterior,  on our page for 38 FISHERGATE, where there is also a full staff gallery for Preston.   We have included a smaller staff gallery below, to show some of those staff likely to have worked at Lune Street during the rebuilding work, but we also need your help -   Your memories of this two-year upheaval in the life of Preston Branch, either as staff or customer, would be most welcome.

 

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1960 to 1965 Mr G Hughes MBM-Su69P14.jpg

1960 to 1965 Mr K O Walmsley Pro Manager MBM-Wi65P03.jpg

1963 to 1965 Mr A N Barratt Deputy Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1963 to 1968 Mr W Hill Manager MBM-Wi63P05.jpg

1964 to 1967 Mr E Pearce pro Manager MBM-Sp64P08.jpg

1965 MR AW Wescombe Deputy Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

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Mr G Hughes

On the Staff

1963 to 1965

Mr K O Walmsley

Pro Manager

1963 to 1965

Mr A N Barratt

Deputy Manager

1963 to 1965

Mr W Hill

Manager

1963 to 1965

Mr E Pearce

Pro Manager

1964 to 1965

Mr A W Wescombe

Deputy Manager

1965

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1965 Mr J Stanning pro Manager MBM-Wi65P05.jpg

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Mr J Stanning

Pro Manager

1965

 

 

 

 

 

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Manager:

11-676 Preston Lune Street

Temporary Branch

19 Lune Street Preston Lancashire

769 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Preston 52166

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W Hill Manager

1963

August 1965

Currently

Opened as a temporary Branch by Martins Bank Limited

Closed

This area of Preston has been redeveloped.

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