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How genteel it seems, finding this ivy clad branch of Martins Bank next door to the Café Royal – this isn’t the Home Counties however, but Stokesley, Middlesbrough.  Opened in the 1920s, this Branch oozes charm and character, and really makes a fine ambassador for “God’s own Country” (or Yorkshire, as it is more commonly known).   Stokesley operates a sub branch three days a week at HUTTON RUDBY, which lasts until April 2000, but sadly Stokesley itself is a victim of the Barclays merger, and is closed in 1970.  Thankfully Martins took the photographs shown below and we can see that inside the Branch, the obligatory black and white floor tiles that greet customers to Ivy House indicate a much awaited 1960s refit.  As for the psychedelic anaglypta wallpaper, this may best be viewed through very dark glasses, or not at all. At least the office seems to be a little calmer, although the mind-boggling patterning seems also to have found its way onto the ceiling…

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1922 to 1930 Mr S Surtees Manager MBM-Su52P53.jpg

1930 to 1936 Mr D W Moscrop Manager MBM-Sp59P54.jpg

1955 to 1956 Mr T Bannister MBM-Au69P12

1958 to 1962 Mr R Hunter pro Manager MBM-Su64P04.jpg

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Mr S Surtess


1922 to 1930

Mr F W Moscrop


1930 to 1936

Mr T Bannister

On the Staff

1955 to 1956

Mr R Hunter

Clerk in Charge

1958 to 1962

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1962 to 1965 Mr J R Temple Clerk in Charge MBM-Su65P08.jpg

1965 to 1968 Mr T R Gregory Clerk in Charge MBM-Su65P05.jpg

1968 Mr MC Bruce Manager MBM-Sp68P04.jpg

BW Logo

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Mr J R Temple

Clerk in Charge

1962 to 1965

Mr T R Gregory

Clerk in Charge

1965 to 1968

Mr M C Bruce


1968 to 25/09/1970




Index Number and District:






11-30-80 Stokesley                               

Full Branch

Ivy House 2 High Street Stokesley Middlesbrough Yorkshire

357 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Stokeley 210

Nightsafe installed

M C Bruce Manager

9 November 1922

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

25 September 1970


Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-82-44 Stokesley 2 High Street


Podiatrist and Travel Agency (two separate businesses!)