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Martins Bank’s Branch at Cheadle Hulme is special in two ways.  It is amongst the first of a very small number of the Bank’s outlets to be fitted with a full-length bandit screen from the start. As the number of armed bank robberies increases, the safety of the staff is paramount, and all banks start to put up barriers between staff and customers that have only begun to be removed in the 2020s as more branches have machines installed, to automate the paying in and withdrawal of cash by the customer inside the building. At Cheadle Hulme, despite an otherwise excellent design by Premises Department, the bandit screen renders the overall result disappointing.  Compensating measures include a rich wood panelling for the counter fronts, but that usual sense of an open and friendly space is lost to the dominance of the ceiling high screens.

In Service: 1967 until May 1969

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/0605

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Cheadle Hulme’s other claim to being special is that it joins the select group of branches that are brand new and purpose built, but surplus to Barclays’ needs and therefore are closed down after what is a very short life indeed.  In Cheadle’s case it is just under two years, closing just before the merger of Branches at the end of 1969.  Thankfully the images here provide a record that Martins Bank Cheadle Hulme is not a figment of the imagination!  The use of a brick feature in the frontage of Cheadle Hulme was probably added to provide an illusion of extra security to what used to be an ordinary glass shop front.

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Cheadle Hulme, seen here from the inside, is one of two sub-Branches to Bramhall. Despite some of Martins trademark features – including the ubiquitous 1960s floor covering - lino  -  the counter screens take away much of the personal contact and change forever the way in which branch banking is done.  The world is changing, and with the 1970s approaching criminals are becoming ever more determined and resourceful.  Therefore, the possibility of armed robbery must be taken seriously…

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Type:

Address:

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Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-06-20 Cheadle Hulme 

Sub to 11-06-20 Bramhall

18 Station Road Cheadle Hulme Cheshire

714 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 485 5699

Night Safe

Mr E S Doughty Manager (Bramhall)

 

BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

37 Station Road

DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

Station Road

Church Road

 

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

18 Station Road

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

Station Road

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WILLIAMS DEACON’S BANK

Mellor Road

Church Road

 

 

Chatton (Northumberland)

1967

May 1969

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed

Cheltenham 107 High Street

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