Former Union Bank, Heywood, Manchester, receives Grade II listing.
Historic England has added the Former Union Bank of Manchester, Heywood, to the National Heritage List for England, after our former Southern Buildings Caseworker, Olivia Stockdale, submitted a listing application last year.
The Union Bank of Manchester was founded in Manchester in 1836. It later expanded into neighbouring towns, and in the early 1900s a number of new banks were built for the company across the north-west. The bank in Heywood was built in 1909 in a robust Edwardian Baroque style to designs by J. D. and S. J. Mould of Bury and London. It was constructed by Samuel Barker of Heywood. The building was built opposite the parish church on a wedge-shaped site at the corner of Church Street and Hind Hill Street.
The Union Bank of Manchester was subsequently affiliated with Barclays Bank in 1919, though the two banks continued to operate separately until 1940 when the Union Bank was fully incorporated into Barclays. Today the bank continues to be operated by Barclays, the interiors have been refurbished.
J. D. and S. J. Mould of Bury designed several buildings for the Union Bank, including a 1904 bank incorporating shops and a Conservative Club premises in Bury (Grade II, National Heritage List for England: 1067213), a bank of around 1906 in Rochdale (Grade II, NHLE: 1405181), and a 1913 bank in Nelson (Grade II, NHLE: 1472844), the last of which the Society also successfully got listed in January 2021.