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Martins Bank 1928+

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Despite having the most branches of any of Martinsí districts, the North East is not left out of the Bankís 1960s expansion plans, and in 1964 they open this attractive little sub branch at Ormesby.Not quite busy enough to warrant self-accounting status, the branch nevertheless opens six days a week on reduced hours. This is typical of Martins Bankís smaller offices in areas where the customer base is likely to be small traders who need regular fixed banking hours, especially when no nightsafe facilities areinstalled.

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The Bank manages to fit a lot into a small space, and this is typical of the newer 1960s sub-Branches.Itís really hard to imagine nowadays, but in Martinsí time, the economics of the time means that profits are made by opening more and more offices - Remember, these are the days when the internet and cash machines are still science fiction and the only way a customer can access cash is to leave their home, and call into a convenient local bank branch to collect it!

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We do wonder if this novel idea might take off today when banks do everything they can, in order to make us all stay at home, so they can then tell us they are closing the local branch because we donít use it any more!Ormesby survives the merger with Barclays, serving the local community for almost thirty years until the doors are shut for the last time at the end of January 1993.

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In Service: 24 March 1964 until 29 January 1993


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Image © Barclays Ref 0030-2181 and 0033-0440

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Index Number and District:






11-44-60 Ormesby††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Sub to 11-44-60 North Ormesby

1 Church Lane Ormesby Middlesbrough Yorkshire

388 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1230

Saturday 0930-1100

Middlesbrough 34707

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr R Harrison Manager (North Ormesby)

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North Ormesby

24 March 1964

15 December 1969

29 January 1993

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-62-06 Middlesbrough North Ormesby



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