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Martins Bank 1928+

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image082Following the closure in 1968 of Middlesbrough Newport Road Branch, this brand new sub-Branch arrives on the corner of Enfield Street and Parliament Road.  A busy little branch, operated over the full six day banking week, Middlesbrough Parliament Road also offers night safe facilities, indicating a steady trade from both private and business customers.  This shiny new office at Parliament Road actually  fits in well with Barclays’ plans, and makes it safely through the 1969 merger, remaining open for another seventeen years. The images of the Branch from the Barclays Collection show a very shiny new Branch, ready to be handed over by Martins to the new owners at the end of 1969. Inside is the recipe for a successful sub-Branch – minimal furnishings, room for a queue of customers without compromising privacy, and an office for those all important private interviews.  Where Barclays and Martins differ, is found within Martins’ consistent approach to making its Branches “unique”. The idea of branding is kept to a minimum, running mostly to the outside signage. Inside, each branch is decorated and designed to have its own bright and friendly, welcoming personality…

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1895

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1968 Middlesbrough Parliament Road Interior 1 BGA Ref 30-1895.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 30/1895


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Index Number and District:






11-47-50 Middlesbrough Parliament Road         

Sub to 11-47-50 Middlesbrough Linthorpe Road

142 Parliament Road Middlesbrough Yorkshire

376 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Middlesbrough 44040

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J Winstanley Manager


15 December 1969

22 November 1985


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

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


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