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Martins Bank 1928+

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image074Martins Bank’s sub-Branch at Sunderland Grangetown opens in 1964 on Windsor Terrace, complete with an  illuminated sign that seems actually more redolent of a chip shop than a bank.  Here we have another case of “blink and you’ll miss it”, as Grangetown is one more casualty of the 1969 cull of branches ahead of the merger with Barclays, as they have enough local coverage with their own nearby Branch.

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1964 Sunderland Grangetown Exterior Lit Sign BGA Ref 30-1093.jpgWhilst open under Martins, it does provide a full six day banking service to local customers and traders.  Our records show that a nightsafe is installed, but looking at this image of the Branch, there does not seem to be one yet – we assume that it may (or may not) have been added at some time after the photograph was taken. Grangetown sub-Branch opens to take on the business of another Martins sub-Branch – at nearby Hendon – which is then closed.  The only other sub-Branch to Sunderland Fawcett Street is at Washington, and along with Grangetown, it is also surplus to requirements and is closed for good in 1969, the business of both being transferred to Barclays’ Victoria Road Branch.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1093

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Index Number and District:






11-40-80 Sunderland Grangetown                         

Sub to 11-40-80 Sunderland

41 Windsor Terrace Grangetown Sunderland County Durham

361 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Sunderland 4593

Nightsafe installed

Mr A M Elliott Manager (Sunderland)

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May 1969


Opened by Martins Bank Limited


Dental Health Care Centre

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