Leeds District Office

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1940

Image: Martins Bank Archive

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2013

Image © Dave Baldwin

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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins appoints it first Leeds District General Manager, Mr J C Kerr, in 1920.  In 1926, it opens this somewhat scary looking building in 1926, and 28/30 Park Row leeds goes on to become the Leeds District Office of Martins Bank.  When comparing how the Bank’s buildings used to look, with how they look now, we are always delighted when there has been minimal change. 

 

Whilst Park Row may no longer be giving out the orders to local branches, it is serving up pints and meals to its customers as “Beckett’s Bank”, part of the J D Wetherspoon® group of pubs and restaurants.  Although Becketts is an old banking name in Leeds, we can’t help but feel sorry that no one thought to name the building after Martins! Sep 1.jpg

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1968 Chief Gen. Mgrs. visit IMG

2009 Martins Coat of Arms outside building www.yorkshiredailyphoto.com

28-30 PARK ROW LEEDS

The principal office of the Bank in Leeds.

“As in the case of the principal offices in Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne, the principal Leeds office is the administrative headquarters of the district which surrounds it”

 

A Faithful Servant…

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J ServantMulti.jpg1965 04.jpgTo mark his retirement at the end of August Mr Servant, Local Director and Leeds District General Manager, invited all the managers and staff of the District, past and present, to an informal cocktail party at the Metropole Hotel, Leeds, on August 25.  Every branch was represented and the very large gathering included many retired colleagues, one of whom was Miss B. G. Nettleton who worked with Mr Servant for 29 years. Mr Servant had already received from his co-directors on the Leeds District Board an inscribed silver salver, and at a dinner in his and Mr Bond's honour given at Head Office the following day by the Chief General Manager he was presented with a silver cigarette box. He had, however, vetoed any presentation within his own District and Mr P. M. Lister, the Assistant District Manager, told his listen­ers that this decision had been respected although it had caused disappointment to many colleagues.  He was certain, however, that everyone wished Mr Servant a long and happy retirement with a continuation of his usual good health. The choice of the side room at the Metro-pole was a particularly happy one. From there Mr Servant had watched, over many years, the members of his District and of other Districts enjoying themselves at almost every social event held during his period of office. After entering the Bank at Bradford in 1922 Mr Servant moved to Leeds District Office in 1927 and was soon proving himself an able banker. His appointment as Inspector at Leeds in 1939 was followed a year later by promotion to Inspector at Head Office and at London District Office in 1944. After two years as Assistant Manager at 68 Lombard Street he returned to Leeds in 1947 as Assistant District Manager, rising to District General Mana­ger in 1956.

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1927 to 1956 Mr Wilfred Turner Board Member MBM-Wi56P43.jpg

1950 Air Vice Marshall G H Ambler Member of the Leeds Board MBM-Wi50P54.jpg

1954 Mr R D S Crosse Board Member MBM-Sp54P17.jpg

1955 Mr D G M Hay Leeds Board Member MBM-Wi55P37.jpg

1964 Mr D A Crockatt Board Member MBM-Wi64P04.jpg

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Mr Wilfred Turner

Board Member

1927 to 1956

Air Vice Marshall

 G H Ambler

Board Member 1950

Mr R D S Crosse

Board Member

1954

Mr D G M Hay

Board Member

1955

Mr D A Crockatt

Board Member

1964

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1965 Mr PM Lister Local Director and District General Manager Leeds MBM-Wi65P03.jpg

1966 Mr F Arnold Hurst Director MBM-Su66P02.jpg

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Mr P M Lister

Local Director

1965

Mr F Arnold Hurst

Director

1966

 

 

 

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DISTRICT GENERAL MANAGER’S DEPARTMENT

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1945 to 1956 Mr T A Samuel Leeds District General Manager

1947 Mr J Servant Leeds Assistant DGM MBM-Sp47P28

1956 Mr J A McGregor Leeds Assistant District General Manager MBM-Au56P38

1961 Mr P M Lister Leeds Assistant General Manager MBM-Su61P43

1965 AB Stevens Assistant District Manager MBM-Wi65P02

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Mr T A Samuel

District General Manager

1945 to 1956

Mr J Servant

Assistant DGM 1947-56

D G M 1956 to 1965

Mr J A McGregor

Assistant DGM

1956

Mr P M Lister

Assistant D G M 1961

D G M 1965 onwards

Mr A B Stevens

Assistant D G M

1965

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INSPECTORS

1961 Mr F M Walker Inspector MBM-Su61P43

1964 Mr BG Pearse Inspector Leeds District Office MBM-Wi64P09

1965 Mr C Harris Inspector Leeds District Office MBM-Wi65P06

1967 Mr JW Tunnicliffe Inspector Leeds District Office MBM-Sp67P04

1969 Mr A F Cook Inspector MBM-Sp69P08

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Mr F M Walker

Inspector

1961

Mr B G Pearse

Inspector

1964

Mr C Harris

Inspector

1965

Mr J W Tunnicliffe

Inspector

1967

Mr A F Cook

Inspector

1969

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ADVANCES

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1964 Mr PJ Hole Advances MBM-Au68P08

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1947 Miss Joan Bennett Relief operator MBM-Wi47P45

1947 Miss Evelyn Aldam Leeds operator  MBM-Wi47P45

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Mr P J Hole

Advances

1964

Mr D J Taylor

Advances

1964

Miss Joan Bennett

Relief Operator

1947

Miss Evelyn Aldam

Switchboard Operator

1947

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DISTRICT OFFICE – GENERAL STAFF

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1961 to 1962 Mr G H D Smith MBM-Wi63P06

1967 Miss K Pickles MBM-Au67P42

1968 Stuart A Smith LDO Staff MBM-Su68P40

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Mr G H Hellewell

D O Staff

1956 to 1961

Mr G H D Smith

D O Staff

1961 to 1962

Miss K Pickles

D O Staff

1967

Mr Stuart A Smith

D O Staff

1968

 

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DISTRICT OFFICE – CATERING STAFF

1958 Ethel - Leeds Catering Staff MBM-Sp58P32.jpg

1958 Mary - Leeds Catering Staff MBM-Sp58P32.jpg

1958 Mrs Evelyn Gibson - Leeds Catering Staff MBM-Sp58P32.jpg

1958 Phyllis - Leeds Catering Staff MBM-Sp58P32.jpg

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Ethel

Catering Staff

1959

Mary

Catering Staff

1959

Mrs Evelyn Gibson

Catering Staff

1959

Phyllis

Catering Staff

1959

 

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Title:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Telephone:

District General Manager:

Assistant District General Manager:

Martins Bank Limited Leeds District Office

PO Box 100, 28 & 30 Park Row Leeds Yorkshire

606 Leeds

Telephone: Leeds 29766

Mr P M Lister (1965)

Mr A B Stevens (1965)

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1926

3 January 1928

12 December 1969

2015

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

District Office Closed, but City Office Branch remains open until 10 May 1985

“Beckett’s Bank” J D Wetherspoon® Public House

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