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Martins Bank 1928+

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Martins Bank opens its first Branch in Newcastle under Lyme in 1948, at No 19 The Ironmarket. By 1962 business has developed to the stage where larger and slightly more central premises are required. The move is made to 59 The Iron Market, and under the Management of Mr F G Armstrong, business continues to flourish. Martins Bank Magazine visits the Branch in 1965, and begins its article with a correction…

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Newcastle, Staffs is NOT in the potteries, and everybody there takes great trouble to point this out.  It is on the edge, independent, attractive in many respects, a mixture of old and new, proud of its history and its association with John of Gaunt: on its golf course students from the nearby University of Keele are uncovering roman relics.  It is fortunate that the road in from the north runs past a field of undisposable cars which offers an unattractive vista of those places beyond Newcastle whence come most of our cups and saucers.  Newcastle has the good sense to cash in on fringe benefits and it makes and exports, among other things, kilns for making pottery and glassmaking machinery.   Our branch was opened in 1948 by Mr F J Mitchell who later became manager at Walsall. 

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He was assisted by Mr J R Dakin, now manager at Longton, and one of the results of our trip was to remind us that the history of these branches constitutes a management success story in itself to quell misgivings about working in unglamorous places.  The new premises at Newcastle opened three years ago, and the increase in business has raised the staff from five to thirteen in ten years.

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2022

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Mr F G Armstrong T.D., well remembered on Merseyside, looks as fit and energetic as he was in his young days, and is obviously happy in Newcastle. Mr R W Bywell, his second in command is also a Liverpudlian but all the young staff are from the Midlands.

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Times really have changed at 59 The Ironmarket, which hasn’t been a bank for decades. Nowadays it seems, a different kind of “money lending” goes on here: you lend it to them – and they don’t give it back!

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That was then…

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… and this is now

Image ©2014 Kate Snowden

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We apologise for the poor quality of some of the photographs in our staff gallery.  If you own a copy of the original staff group photo shown above, or have an image of yourself as a member of the staff of Newcastle (Staffs) Branch, please get in touch with us as the usuall address – gutinfo@btinternet.com.

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1948 Mr J R Dakin Branch Second MBM-Sp69P54.jpg

1948 to 1955 Mr F J Mitchell Manager MBM-Au59P52.jpg

1956 to 1959 Mr J Bridgwood  MBM-Wi66P05.jpg

1960 to 1967 Mr RW Bywell Lim Auth then Pro Manager MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

1965 Miss B Hazeldine MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Miss G A Williams MBM-Au65P29.jpg

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Mr J R Dakin

Branch Second

1948

Mr F J Mitchell

Manager

1948 to 1955

Mr J Bridgwood

On the Staff

1956 to 1959

Mr Reg W Bywell

Manager

1960 to 1967

Miss B Hazeldine

On the Staff

1965

Miss G A Williams

On the Staff

1965

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1965 Mr R D Watson MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Mr G A Edward MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Miss J B Morgan MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Miss J M Wallace MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Mr J D Bishop MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Miss P A Fitzjohn MBM-Au65P29.jpg

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Mr R D Watson

On the Staff

1965

Mr G Edwards

On the Staff

1965

Miss J B Morgan

On the Staff

1965

Miss J M Wallace

On the Staff

1965

Mr J D Bishop

On the Staff

1965

Miss P A Fitzjohn

On the Staff

1965

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1965 Mr P N Jennings MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Miss J Sutton MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1965 Miss JPM Glover First Cashier MBM-Au65P44.jpg

1965 Mr F G Armstrong  MBM-Au65P29.jpg

1967 Mr J Mason pro Manager MBM-Su67P07.jpg

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Mr P N Jennings

On the Staff

1965

Miss J Sutton

On the Staff

1965

Miss J P M Glover

First Cashier

1965

Mr F G Armstrong

Manager

1965

Mr J Mason

Pro Manager

1967

 

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-34-60 Newcastle Staffordshire

Full Branch

59 Ironmarket Newcastle

552 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle Staffs 64658/9

Night Safe

Mr F G Armstrong TD Manager

1962

15 December 1969

20 January 1985

Currently

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-24 Newcastle Staffs 59 The Iron-Market

Closed

Betting Shop and Unisex Hair Salon

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