Colne’s lost financial giant

It’s back in time to 1958 this week with a splendid photographic view of Colne’s magnificent District Bank which stood at the top of Colne Lane for many decades.

STANDING PROUD: Colnes District Bank in 1958
STANDING PROUD: Colnes District Bank in 1958

This noble building was originally built as the “Manchester and County Bank” during the late 1890s.

It became the District Bank circa 1925.

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The stone and granite bank had many superbly carved finials (of which three still survive) and a huge copper-covered dome, which when the sun shone down, would glow a warm, reddy colour.

Inside the palatial bank (telephone number 125) were counters and desks made from the finest African hardwoods fitted out with brass and copper inlays with art-deco styling.

By the mid-1950s, the south side of Church Street was being knocked to the ground and as the “Swinging Sixties” beckoned the once proud District Bank had gone forever.