With its iconic turret and carved animals, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank is a landmark in Bacup town centre. Opened in 1878, it later became part of Martins Bank and then Barclays, and remained in use as a bank until 1970. A Grade II listed building of national importance, it was vacant when purchased by Valley Heritage in November 2019, and it had suffered from decay and water damage. Its return to life marks an important stage in the continuing regeneration of Bacup’s town centre and demonstrates how repurposing of this type is essential for the future of our town centres.
The purchase of the building was made possible by a loan provided by the Architectural Heritage Fund, through the Heritage Impact Fund. Its conversion, and the upcoming programme of community activities, has been made possible by support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transformational Project Grants, the Dulverton Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Beatrice Laing Trust, the Fort Foundation, the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, the Ian Askew Charitable Trust, Historic England and the Bacup High Street Heritage Action Zone.
Commenting on the award, Stephen Anderson, Chairperson at Valley Heritage, said: ‘We’ve been working incredibly hard to get to this point since early in 2019, making this a huge moment in the project. The building is iconic and we are delighted that we can bring it back to life and mark another milestone in the regeneration of Bacup. We are grateful to National Lottery players for their support and also offer our thanks to our volunteers, partners and funders; we couldn’t make this happen without them.’