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1963 COA.jpgOf the many and varied “specialist” Branches offered by Martins Bank - amongst them, a number of exclusive company sites such as I C I, Aylesford Paper Mills, TWO royal Air Force Bases, a Hospital, Universities AND cattle markets, the Bank is most represented by the latter, which in the north of England are mostly known as Auction Marts.  Some have been open decades, passed down to Martins through amalgamation with other banks.  In the 1960s, however, there is a real push to increase the number of these branches with an almost breathtaking SIXTEEN being opened in the eleven years between 1957 and 1968.  These are located at Amble, Banbury, Darlington, Exeter, Gloucester, Kendal, Lancaster, Leek, Northampton, Norwich, Otley Wharfedale, Salisbury, Shrewsbury, Taunton, Tyneside and Ulverston.

 

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/0793

 

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Of these, NINE, including Darlington are closed between 1967 and 1969.  Opened in the same year as a certain “Time Lord” first appears on our TV screens, the splendidly quirky Branch ‘building’ at Darlington Auction Mart looks distinctly larger on the INSIDE!.  It comes complete both with a counter area and miraculously, a private interview space. It is amazing the extremes that Martins Bank goes to in order to be helpful, but here, you can’t help but wonder where the queue starts and ends…

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1963 Darlington Auction Mart Interior 1 BGA Ref 30-793

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/0793

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Title:

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Address:

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Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-26-30 Darlington Auction Mart

Sub to 11-26-30 Darlington

Cattle Market Bank Top Darlington County Durham

320 North Eastern

Monday 1030-1600

Thursday 1030-1430

Darlington 66836

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr R Russell Manager (Darlington)

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1963

1969

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed

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