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image078Cockerton is the second sub-Branch to Darlington to both open and close in the 1960s,  joining an elite listof Branches that are only ever part of Martins Bank. Along with Darlington Auction Mart, and many other small outlets, it is, for reasons of economy or duplication of branches, surplus to Barclays’ requirements, and closes around the time of the merger -  In Cockerton, Martins is at one end of West Auckland Road at No 35, and to this day Barclays is at No 4 – there is obviously no room for two. Although a sub-Branch, local business is brisk enough for Cockerton to be open for the full six day banking week.  At this time staff are rostered to work a certain number of Saturdays, but pressure from trade unions removes Saturday opening altogether between 1969 and 1982 when Barclays once more opens the doors to a weekend public…

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1969 Cockerton Exterior Close Up BGA Ref 30-686

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0686

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1969 Cockerton Interior 3 BGA Ref 33-152.jpg

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/0686

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Index Number and District:






11-26-30 Darlington Cockerton

Sub to 11-26-30 Darlington

35 West Auckland Road Darlington County Durham

320 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Darlington 5334

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr R Russell Manager (Darlington)


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12 December 1969


opened by Martins Bank Limited


Fast Food Outlet