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Martins Bank 1928+

 

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In case you were in any doubt, these are TEMPORARY premises! It is September 1963, and Martins Bank has evacuated its premises at 20 Fawcett Street Sunderland, ahead of major refurbishment which could well – and does – take some time to complete.  This functional shop front at 56 Fawcett Street is taken on a short lease to enable the Bank’s business to continue close to the old Branch, and relieve the pressure on other Martins Branches in the area.

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This photograph is one of a number taken for the Bank by professional photographers, and which today are held in the archive of Ward Philipson. Their online Archive, Photo Memories contains thousands of images of life in the North East from the not so distant past, and their lectures and lantern slide shows are a hit in town and village halls across the North East and Beyond.

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Image © WARD PHILIPSON PHOTO MEMORIES – John A Moreels M.B.E

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Martins Bank’s temporary Branch at 56 Fawcett Street in closed in February 1965, and everything and everyone moves back to 20 Fawcett Street to plush new surroundings that are even celebrated in the Bank’s Annual Report and Accounts for that year with a colour photograph of the new Banking Hall.

Image © BT 1964

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You can see our Saff Gallery for Sunderland Fawcett Street

on the page for 20 FAWCETT STREET

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Title:

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Telephone:

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Manager:

11-40-80 Sunderland

Temporary Branch

56 Fawcett Street Sunderland County Durham

361 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Sunderland 4872

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A M Elliott Manager

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2 September 1963

20 February 1965

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to 20 Fawcett Street

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