The Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank opened in 1878, which is why it’s considered to be such an important landmark in Bacup. And, of course, why it features incredible architecture reminiscent of an iconic period in history. A bit later on, it became part of Martins Bank and then Barclays, for which it remained as a fully operational bank until 1970. From here, it experienced several facelifts and has been used by businesses such as an Indian restaurant.
However, a lack of usage, interest, and funding has seen the building experience some wear and tear in recent years. As a Grade II building of national importance, we simply could not stand back and let it degrade and forever lose its character. In November 2019, it was purchased by Valley Heritage, and so began the journey to restore the bank and regenerate the town centre.
To us, it’s not just a building. It’s a symbol of a bright and exciting future for Bacup. A town centre where the culture is vibrant, there’s warmth within the community, and businesses & creatives have a space to grow.
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