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This is Martins Bank’s permanent branch at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground at Harrogate.  It is constructed and opened in 1962, providing a counter service to the many visitors and exhibitors that flock to this important annual event. The Bank’s architects have taken their usual care to ensure surroundings that are both businesslike and welcoming to customers. 

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Although staffed as a sub-Branch to Martins Bank at Harrogate, the Great Showkshire Show Branch is seen more as a permanent trade stand building and is therefore overseen by the Bank’s Show and Exhibition Branches Department from 68 Lombard Street London.  This department also operates the Bank’s MOBILE BRANCHES and its numerous exhibition TRADE STANDS . 

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The Great Yorkshire Show LogoOur friends at the Great Yorkshire Show tell us that whilst Barclays is still one of the Show’s sponsors, the branch itself was closed in March 2001. The building was initially taken over by Persimmon Homes who refurbished it but it is now operated as the Farmers Meet by the Great Yorkshire Show company.  As this office was operated by Martins Bank as a show and exhibition Branch, it was not listed in the Bank’s directory of Branches, therefore we are struggling to find out what the exact opening times were – there may only have been service during the annual Show itself, or a scaled down services for the staff and businesses operating on the site during the rest of the year.


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Images © Martins Bank Archive Collection

Great Yorkshire Show Branch Interior 1962 MBMWi-62P20

Being There…

Graham Nichols, who spent a number of years on the Mobile and Show & Exhibition Branches circuit always took his camera with him, and for the images below, along with many more shown in our MOBILE BRANCHES feature, we are eternally grateful.  there is nothing like “being there”, and Graham’s great quality colour slides make it very easy for us all to slip back in time fifty years…

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Image © 1966 Graham Nichols

Image © 1966 Graham Nichols


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Index No and District





11-35-40 Harrogate Great Yorkshire Show

Show and Exhibition Branch

Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate Yorkshire

630 Leeds

Open on show days

Harrogate 2500

No Night Safe

Head Office Show and Exhibition Branches Department



15 December 1969

5 May 1978

March 2001


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-37-14 Harrogate Prospect Crescent

Barclays Bank Limited Harrogate 25 James Street



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Show and Exhibition Branch Department

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