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Martins Bank 1928+

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1967 COA.jpgBy far the largest concentration of Martins Bank branches is found in the North East of England, with more than three hundred branches added by the mergers with the Carlisle and Cumberland Bank and the North Eastern Banking Company.  County Durham ranks easily alongside Lancashire and Yorkshire for sheer numbers of outlets, yet throughout its forty year existence, the modern Martins Bank Limited is always on the look out for towns and villages in which to open viable branches. 

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At this point we are still firmly in the days before the ubiquity of banking by machine and internet, so a comprehensive Branch network is essential to attract good business. We have already mentioned the massive branch building and opening programme that runs from the late 1950s until 1968, elsewhere in our Online Archive.

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Many of these branches only see the light of day for a year or two before Barclays closes them due to duplication of business.  Sunderland Pallion branch opens in 1967, and is strong enough to survive into the twenty-first century, closing in April 2000.  As a Martins Bank sub branch to Millfield, Pallion is not self accounting, but a nightsafe service is provided, as are full banking hours across a six day week. We are sorry that we have no images of this branch, and if you can help with information or images, please do get in touch with us at the usual address:

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Index Number and District:






11-03-60 Sunderland Pallion

Sub to 11-03-60 Sunderland Millfield

5 St Luke's Terrace Pallion Sunderland County Durham

343 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Sunderland 57333

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R G Lamb Manager (Millfield)


15 December 1969

7 April 2000


opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-83-71 Sunderland Millfield


Pallion Community Shop