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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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Pelton is one of a clutch of branches that is lost from Martins Bank’s Network towards the end of the 1950s.  This is a period of consolidation for the Bank, and with thoughts of a second wave of southward expansion, branches are examined for their profitability and either refurbished, rebuilt, or closed down.  Social change is already happening with Harold MacMillan’s “never had it so good generation” about to hurtle headlong into the swinging 60s. 

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1966 Refit and Rebuild MBM-Au66FC.jpg

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Extracts from Bank of Liverpool and Martins Annual Report for 1919 © Barclays

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Martins will need to move with the times if it is to get its hands on some of that disposable income.   The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens Pelton in 1919.  The few details we have, from a local directory dated 1924, show the branch open on Saturdays, but there is no mention of weekday opening.  As and when we find out more, we will amend the details shown below. We have no image of the branch, so if you can help, please do get in touch with us at the usual address:

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Index Number and District:






11-187 Pelton

Sub to 11-187 Chester le Street

Pelton Chester le Street County Durham

315 north Eastern

Not known

Saturday 0900-1130 

No Telephone

Counter Service Only

Chester le Street Manager


3 January 1928


opened by Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited