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Martins Bank 1928+

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image042Martins Bank’s association with the town of Scarborough begins in 1936 with the opening of a branch in rather grand premises at 96 Westborough.  Twelve years later a sub-Branch at South Cliff opens, in this curious little building that looks more like the entrance to a set of Art Deco public toilets than a bank.   When Barclays and Martins are merged in 1969, Barclays already has a number of Branches in Scarborough, so South Cliff Branch is closed and the business transferred to Barclays’ own South Cliff Branch in 1970. When Martins Bank Magazine visits South Cliff early in 1969, it finds that this little branch is looked upon as being less busy than the main branch, but still with its own frustrations, especially for one member of the staff who is celebrating his twenty-first birthday…

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1969 Mike Stewart and Bob Tattersall MBM-Su69P32.jpg

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1960 s Scarborough South Cliff  ext BGA Ref 30-2568

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2568

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The South Cliff branch, in the residential area that grew up behind the spa, does not suffer so much from the extremes of pressure as Westborough. Nevertheless it has its share of frustrations which keep Bob Tattersall (right) and Mike Stewart (left) fully occupied. Bob, a Lancastrian from Nelson, is local secretary of the Institute of Bankers and treasurer of Scarborough Sea Cadets. Mike, combined cashier and National 1-60 operator, was in nail-biting mood, having to celebrate the eve of his 21st birthday by taking a part II exam. He is an avid reader and likes books with an historical slant, loves motoring when he can lay his hands on a car, and bemoans the loss of Scarborough's bowling alley.

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Then and Now.jpgOpinion may well be divided when we look at this “then and now” comparison of Scarborough’s South Cliff Branch. Some may well prefer today’s “Salon de Beauté” (how VERY Scarborough) whilst others might be reminded that this is one of several Martins Branches that look as if they double up a public toilet.  You decide, we could not possibly comment…  Our thanks to Mike Ingham for the contemporary view of Angie’s Beauty Salon…

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1960 s Scarborough South Cliff  EXT Main BGA Ref 30-2568

Image © Barclays Ref 30-2568

2015 Oct Scarborough South Cliff CU - Mike Ingham MBA

Image © Mike Ingham October 2015

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1948 to 1956 Mr R H Watson Clerk in charge MBM-Wi64P06.jpg


1960 to 1967 Mr JW Tunnicliffe Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp67P04.jpg

1967 Mr RC Tattersall Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp67P04.jpg

1969 Mike Stewart MBM-Su69P32.jpg

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Mr R H Watson

Clerk in Charge

1948 to 1956

Mr G H Hellewell

On the staff

1954 to 1956

Mr J W Tunnicliffe

Clerk in Charge

1960 to 1967

Mr R C Tattersall

Clerk in charge

1967 onwards

Mike Stewart







Index Number and District:






11-07-80 Scarborough South Cliff

Self Accounting Sub to 11-52-70 Scarborough

28a Ramshill Road Scarborough Yorkshire

631 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Scarborough 1477

Nightsafe installed

Mr R C Tattersall Clerk in Charge

2 February 1948

13 March 1970


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business transferred to Barclays South Cliff

Beauty Salon