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West Riding Union Bank

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Long before children everywhere thought it was simply the name of a small yellow fund-raising bear, Pudsey was, and still is a town in Yorkshire. Martins Bank’s Branch there is an original office of the West Riding Union Bank, and comes to Martins in 1928 through the amalgamation of Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank and the Bank of Liverpool and Martins.   Every part of the UK has a few unusual place names, and Yorkshire too has its fair share – Hipperholme and Kippax being two more that spring to mind.  In 1965, even the Manager at Pudsey is called Mr Kippax, and as Martins Bank Magazine now reports, it is his turn to hang up his bank (kipper?) tie and retire….

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2357

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1965 02 MBM.jpg1949 to 1965 Mr R G Kippax Manager MBM-Su65P59.jpgmany colleagues assembled in the club­house of the Wood Hall Golf Club on April 30th to say farewell to Geoffrey Kippax, Manager of Pudsey branch for the past 16 years. His wife, who was at one time on the staff of Leeds City Office, accom­panied him and was handed a bouquet by Miss Jacqueline Simpson. The presentation of an automatic tea maker was made by Mr P. M. Lister (Assistant District Manager) who spoke of the warm humanity of Mr Kippax's character and emphasised the esteem in which he was held by colleagues and customers. Mr Kippax's response was one of thanks to everyone, after which a buffet supper was served and reminiscences exchanged.  Mr and Mrs Kippax’s retirement begins with a month’s holiday in Ireland after which he will indulge his hobbies of golf and gardening. He entered the Bank at Halifax in 1921 and served at many branches in the Leeds District including three spells at Bradford. In 1939 he moved to York and the following year received signing authority at York Cattle Market branch. He was appointed Manager at Pudsey in 1949.

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A treat now as we glimpse the minimal changes that have been made to Pudsey Branch at around ten years, and then major changes at FORTY years after the merger of Martins and Barclays. 




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1942 to 1945 Miss B R Wilcockson Clerk in Charge MBM-Au46P29.jpg

1949 to 1965 Mr R G Kippax Manager MBM-Su65P59.jpg

1960 to 1962 Mr R C Tattersall MBM-Sp67P04.jpg

1965 Mr GC Walsh Manager MBM-Su65P05.jpg

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Miss B R Wilcockson

Clerk in Charge

1942 to 1945

Mr R G Kippax


1949 to 1965

Mr R C Tattersall

On the Staff

1960 to 1962

Mr G C Walsh


1965 onwards






Index Number and District:






11-97-60 Pudsey

Full Branch

1 Manor House Lowtown Pudsey Yorkshire

632 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Pudsey 3406

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G C Walsh Manager


15 July 1902

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 21 February 2014

West Riding Union Bank

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-70-09 Pudsey

Closed Permanently from 12 noon