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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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The area in and around Middlesbrough is so linked with the North-East of Engalnd, that sometimes it’s hard remember that it is part of Yorkshire. This is Martins Bank’s Linthorpe branch  in the 1930s, and like many from this period it has a basic shop window with a curtain to offer some semblance of privacy for customers from the gaze of those in the street. The lettering of the word “BANK” is reminiscent of the banks shown in American films of the period, particularly Westerns – Whether or not customers would turn up in Stetsens and boots with spurs on, and “hitch up their critters” is a question we find ourselves unable to answer!

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1894

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Locating a branch in a rented shop unit is forward thinking for this time, and since 2007 Barclays has itself been moving out of freehold traditional bank styled premises into rented shop fronts that can be moved if the “footfall” of customers changes.  Opened in November 1927 by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, Oxford Road Linthorpe sub-Branch lasts until 1985, when along with Middlesbrough Parliament Road, it is closed forever.  Non self-accounting, but open full banking hours over six days, this will have a busy little branch in Martins’ day…

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Index Number and District:






11-47-50 Middlesbrough Oxford Road Linthorpe 

Sub to 11-47-50 Middlesbrough Parliament Road

Oxford Road Linthorpe Middlesbrough Yorkshire

376 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Middlesbrough 87454

No nightsafe installed

Mr J Winstanley Manager (Middlesbrough Parliament Road)

1 November 1927

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

22 November 1985


Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-56-83 Middlesbrough 200 Linthorpe Road


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