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Martins Bank 1928+

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Oh! The glamorous world of the sub-branch bank clerk!  Some of Martins Bank’s staff work in the big city, and meet footballers and royalty. Others get to eat a two or three course lunch in one of the Bank’s large subsidised staff canteens.

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Some even end up here, next door to Northern Dairies in Simpasturegate, Newton Aycliffe.  Although this little office is not required by Barclays, it still clocks up an impressive twenty-one years of service by the time it is closed in 1968.

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Just think, for those twenty-one years customers could sort out their dairy related problems AND pay bills and cash cheques in virtually the same place!  How very British…

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In service: 1947 – 27 November 1968

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1960 s Newton Aycliffe Exterior BGA Ref 33-410.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 0033/0410

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Opened in 1947, this wonderful piece of nostalgia has the honour of only ever being a branch of Martins, as it closes a year or so before the main merger of Martins 730+ branches with those of Barclays.   This little office may look slightly odd, with its do-it-yourself signage and no window, but what’s this – surely Northern Dairies can’t have filled their entire window space with milk, can they?  Not long after Newton Aycliffe opens its doors, displaying those italic stick-on letters above the door, Martins Bank runs this rather simple advertisement in local and national newspapers, and adopts a similar style of lettering.

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As Newton Aycliffe is a sub branch, we do not have a list of the staff who worked there.  Those in attendance for four hours Monday to Friday, and an hour and a half on Saturday, will have been sent from the main branch at High Row in Darlington. Staff will also have been in attendance at Darlington’s two additional sub-branches, COCKERTON, and DARLINGTON AUCTION MART.

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If you worked for Martins Bank at Darlington or at any of its sub-branches including Newton Aycliffe, or perhaps you were a customer of the Bank, or even an employee of Northern Dairies at newton Aycliffe, we’d love to hear from you.  Please do get in touch with us at the usual address: gutinfo@btinternet.com.

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-26-30 Newton Aycliffe                                             

Sub to 11-26-30 Darlington

10 Simpasturegate Newton Aycliffe County Durham

320 North Eastern

Mon Tue Thu and Fri 1000-1400

Saturday 0930-1100

Aycliffe 3604

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr R Russell Manager (Newton Aycliffe)

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Darlington Auction Mart

1947

1968

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed

Dartford

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