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Martins Bank 1928+

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Glimpse fleetingly from behind the sofa at this terrifying view of 1960s  dystopia – Martins Bank’s Thornaby on Tees sub-Branch is opened in this bleak setting in 1967, moments before news of a merger with Barclays is due to be broken to the world.

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It is another Martins office that is immediately surplus to Barclays’ requirements, and it closes in 1969.  (And on this occasion, we actually say thank goodness for that!) Brutalist architecture might nowadays be seen as worth preserving to show us all the error of the 1960s way of doing things, but we feel that it still has a lot to answer for.  Although Thornaby does not have self accounting status, business is considered to be brisk enough to warrant opening the branch for a full six day banking week. Thankfully, the interior of the branch is a little more palatable than the exterior…

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1960 s Thornaby on Tees Interior 3 BGA Ref 33-547

1960 s Thornaby on Tees Interior 2 BGA Ref 33-547

Images © Barclays Ref 0033/0547

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Local Branch Banks

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

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LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

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MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

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YORKSHIRE BANK LIMITED

 

 

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Title:

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Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-28-80 Thornaby on Tees                                          

Sub to 11-28-80 Stockton on Tees

16 Appleby House Mitchell Ave Thornaby Stockton County Durham

360 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Stockton 62385

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W A Hopewell Manager (Stockton on Tees)

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1967

12 December 1969

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed

Unable to trace

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