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Martins Bank 1928+

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image006Redcar Branch is opened by Martins Bank at the end of September 1930. It remains open for just shy of forty-one years, closing in August 1971.  In the late 1950s the staff of Middlesbrough’s I C I Wilton Works are encouraged to have their wages paid through the bank, as a kind of reciprocal agreement to Martins Bank having a sub-branch on site for the exclusive use of the workers.   This is a time when banks are keen to court the custom of those who until now have only ever used cash as a payment medium. Keen to explain this new service to the Staff of the Bank, Martins publishes a number of short features.

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Branch Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2409

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In the Autumn of 1958, Martins Bank Magazine features one such scheme, “Wages through the Bank” which is operated at Redcar Branch. (See also our ICI WILTON WORKS page). The Wages through the Bank Scheme is one of a number of initiatives tried out by Martins Bank in order to attract the custom of “ordinary people” and break down some of the barriers that hitherto had made it somehow elitist to have a bank account.  In 1957 the Bank used its popular MOBILE BRANCH Caravans to bring banking to housing estates.


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Wages through

the Bank…

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Mrs Jean Kitchener, cashier at Redcar Branch, handing to Mr V Goodsell, Chair of the workers’ representativess on the Wilton Site Council, his first pay under the new I.C.I. “Wages through the Bank” scheme.


Wages through the bank

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1938 to 1939 Mr J D Grabham joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

1938 to 1951 Mr T B Dixon Manager MBM-Sp51P25.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr E D Teasdale joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P09.jpg

1950s Gordon William Curry A Deacy - MBA

1951 to 1962 Mr W McDonald Manager MBM-Sp67P54.jpg

1960 to 1963 Mr T Soulsby MBM-Au65P04.jpg

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Mr J D Grabham

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1939

Mr T B Dixon


1938 to 1951

Mr E D Teasdale

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1940

Mr Gordon W Curry

On the Staff

1951-55 and 1959-60

Mr W McDonald


1951 to 1962

Mr T Soulsby

On the Staff

1960 to 1963

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1956 to 1958 Mr TE Smith MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1958 Miss Jean Kitchener Cashier MBM-Au58P21.jpg

1959 to 1960 Mr M P Ramsdale joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P06.jpg

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Mr T E Smith

On the Staff

1956 to 1958

Miss Jean Kitchener



Mr M P Ramsdale

Joned the Bank Here

1959 to 1960





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Index Number and District:






11-13-70 Redcar

Full Branch

1 Queen Street Redcar Yorkshire

391 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500 

Saturday 0930-1100

Redcar 4044

Nightsafe Installed

H B Pettler Manager

29 September 1930

15 December 1969

13 August 1971


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-71-39 Redcar