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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens a Branch at Doncaster in June 1927, one month before the first of two mergers that will create the modern day Martins Bank.  In July the Bank takes on the Branches of the Halifax Equitable Bank, and by the end of December the Branches of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank will also have been subsumed, creating a Northern “superbank”. The fine old building at Baxtergate, Doncatser,  is shown in its full glory (here and below), in these evocative images, and  there is also a timely reminder of just how much our buildings change! 

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0837

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By the time of the 1969 merger with Barclays, Doncaster is a stand alone full Branch operated over the full six day banking week.  There are no visits to Doncaster by Martins Bank Magazine, but we do have the following write-up for the retirement of Mr E Bellhouse from the end of March 1965…

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on 31 march 50 friends and colleagues attended an informal cocktail party given by Elliott Bellhouse, Pro Manager at Doncaster, to mark his retirement. At a brief ceremony at the branch beforehand Mr A. J. Talbot, the Manager, presented Mr Bellhouse with a pair of binoculars from staff, colleagues and former Managers. District Office was represented by Mr B. G. Pearse (Inspector). Mr Talbot thanked Mr Bellhouse for his loyal and conscientious service over 42 years, mentioning his outstanding atten­dance record, maintained despite indifferent health in recent years, and wished Mr Bellhouse many years of happy retirement in his new bungalow on the Yorkshire coast. He entered the Bank at Leeds in 1922 and served at many Leeds District branches. After 4 years' war service he joined the Doncaster branch staff for the third time in 1946, becoming Pro Manager in 1960.

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What day is it, who am I?

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Then and Now.jpgIn its heyday – some forty-five years as a bank, 21 Baxter Gate had character and presence. How cruel the passage of time can be – the fine ground level shop front façade at Doncaster is barely recognisable today; our thanks to Mike Ingham for his contemporary photos…

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0837

Image © Mike Ingham September 2015

Image © Mike Ingham May 2016

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… and yet how ephemeral is today’s High Street?  Mike has continued to keep an eye on Doncaster Branch, and in only the space of a few weeks, it would seem the new “fashions outlet” has gone and been replaced by that most twenty-first century of phenomena, a POP-UP SHOP – a kind of little toe test of economic conditions in a local area, often followed by a sharp exit when any available profit has been milked. A consolation is of course that the building is actually being used for something, and at least the upper floors still retain their architectural dignity on the OUTSIDE, despite whatever is going on on the INSIDE!

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1927 to 1935 Mr C C Russell Manager MBM-Sp47P33.jpg

1943 to 1944 Mr R Wood MBM-Au66P03.jpg

1946 Mr A H Swinden MBM-Au68P58.jpg

1952 Mr A Robinson Manager MBM-Au52P51.jpg

1960 to 1965 Mr W E Bellhouse Pro Manager MBM-Su65P56.jpg

1964 Miss M Cambridge Manager's Secretary and Cashier MBM-Sp64P24.jpg

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Mr C C Russell

Manager

1927 to 1935

Mr R Wood

On the Staff

1943 to 1944

Mr A H Swinden

On the Staff

1946

Mr A Robinson

Manager

1952

Mr W E Bellhouse

Pro Manager

1960 to 1965

Miss M Cambridge

Manager’s Secretary and Cashier 1964

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1964 Mr E S Haigh MBM-Sp64P49.jpg

1965 to 1969 Mr A F Cook pro Manager MBM-Su65P05.jpg

1969 Mr A J Morrell Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P10.jpg

1969 Andrew Reid MBM-Su69P47.jpg

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Mr E S Haigh

On the Staff

1964

Mr A F Cook

Pro Manager

1965 to 1969

Mr A J Morrell

Pro Manager

1969

Mr Andrew Reid

On the Staff

1969

Mr Michael  Ingham

On the staff

1969

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

High Street

Hall Gate Kingsway House

Balby

CO-OPERATIVE BANK LIMITED

 

 

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LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

55 High Street

Balby

5 Water Dale

Wheatley

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

21 Baxter Gate

 

 

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MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

47 High Street

 

 

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UNITED DOMINIONS TRUST

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

12 High Street

High Melton College

 

 

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WILLIAMS DEACON’S BANK

YORKSHIRE BANK LIMITED

High Street ?

21 Printing Office Street

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-36-30 Doncaster

Main Branch

21 Baxter Gate Doncaster Yorkshire

616 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Doncaster 61000 & 61009

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A J Talbot Manager

 

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2 June 1927

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

15 February 1974

Currently

Opened by The Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-26-54 Doncaster Baxter Gate

Closed

“Pop-Up Shop” :

*       September 2015  - Clothing

*       May 2016 – Clothing and Gifts

*       September 2016 – Jewellery and Watches

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