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1960 s Swinton Exterior 3 BGA Ref 30-2875.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 30-2875

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At the eleventh hour…

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Swinton Branch is originally opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1881, at 137 Chorley Road.  As progress marches through Greater Manchester in the 1960s, Swinton is given its own “shock of the new” shopping centre, resplendent in the concrete metal and glass that is favoured at this time.  Martins has already booked a space in the new scheme when the merger is annouced, so by the time the new-look Swinton Branch is unveiled in the Summer of 1969, the keys have been handed over to the new owners!  The images on this page are therefore unique, as they offer the only chance to see inside what was, for a few short months, a Martins Branch in name only…

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Images © Barclays Ref 30-2875

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Despite the now compulsary use of bandit screens, Swinton definitely has the modern Martins look and feel.  Both the old and new Swinton offices were open full hours across the six day banking week.

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1968 Mr AS Dennett Manager MBM-Su68P23.jpg

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Mr A S Dennett


1969 onwards




Index Number and District:






11-49-80 Swinton Lancs

Full Branch

145 Chorley Road Swinton Manchester

784 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 794 1941

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A S Dennett Manager

June 1969

15 December 1969


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-84-71 Swinton