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With great fanfare in the local newspaper on 26 July 1963, Martins Bank announces both the closure of its temporary branch at 42 Eastgate Row Chester, and the re-opening of the permanent branch at 35 Eastgate – a much loved building which has undergone almost a year of extensive and sympathetic internal modernisation. This is the year when the 400th anniversary of Martins Bank is celebrated, and the Bank is spending a forune on building new offices, and on expensive revamps of existing ones…

Image © Trinity Mirror Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection – restored 2019

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Another feature of this branch replacement programme is the use of advertising which incorporates details of the companies involved in building, re-building or re-fitting a branch.  This spread in the Cheshire Observer has very little news content, but it still manages to “make a splash”.  Only one image survives of newly designed interior at 35 Eastgate, which you can see by visiting our page for that branch, HERE

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Index Number and District:






11-185 Chester


42 Eastgate Row Chester Cheshire

11 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Chester 22206/7

Counter Services Only

I C Halliwell Manager

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Sub Branches

11-185 HOOLE

August 1962

Saturday 27 July 1963

Opened Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved back to 35 Eastgate Street