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Martins Bank 1928+

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Washington C D… 

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C D ? – Well yes, County Durham  of course! You couldn’t really be further away from the slightly more well known “Washington, District of Columbia” but this, as far as we are concerned is the original.  Washington is a self accounting sub branch to Sunderland, and is a great example of the new and optimistic style of branch building that Martins Bank goes in for in the mid 1960s, tastefully appointed and equipped, definitely understated – a step away from the stuffiness of earlier times. If we were to add a cash machine perhaps, then a shop front like this would certainly not look out of place on today’s High Street, although the total floor space required would probably be halved!

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Whilst the office is streamlined, and large enough to cope with future expansion, Washington has the somewhat dubious honour of being one of the many branches that are both created and killed-off during Martins’ time. It enjoys just four years of service before the doors are closed forever on 12 December 1969.

 

The branch has its own Clerk in Charge, capable of some lending decisions, assisted by a small staff, possibly one or two others who serve the customers and take care of the processing and dispatch of the days work.  Washington is also open full banking hours, and is lucky enough to have avoided the ubiquitous impersonal bandit screens of the late 1960s. Barclays has its own Branch in Victoria Road Washington, and when the two banks merge at the end of 1969, the Martins office is closed and the business transferred over.

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Mr K A Arthur

Clerk in Charge

1965 to 12/12/1969

 

 

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Telephone:

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Manager:

11-02-90 Washington

Self Accounting Sub to 11-40-80 Sunderland

9 Victoria Road Washington County Durham

397 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Washington 2505

Nightsafe installed

Mr K A Arthur Clerk in Charge

1965

12 December 1969

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business transferred to Barclays Victoria Road

Car Parts Retailer

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