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Martins Bank 1928+

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…and that is the end

                        of the moos!

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1960 COA.jpgMartins Bank’s Branches in East Anglia are very special to the Bank, because they represent Martins in an area almost completely dominated by Barclays, whose branch network in the East is a saturation comparable with that of Martins across the North of England.  The fifteen miles between and including King’s Lynn and Hunstanton for example, includes ten branches of Barclays, whilst Martins has just one branch at King’s Lynn.

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Image © Barclays

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East AngliaIn fact at this time - when to most people East Anglia still means simply Norfolk Suffolk and Essex – Martins Bank has little more than a handful of outposts, four in Norfolk and one each in Suffolk and Essex. Norwich Cattle Market sub-Branch has had a fairly short life – it opens in 1960, and is one of the first to go – on 28 February 1969, in fact – as part of removing “branch duplication” ahead of the merger with Barclays.  In the north of England Martins Bank has a large number of sub-Branches at cattle markets, which are more commonly referred to as “auction marts”, but Norwich Cattle Market  is the Bank’s only such outlet in East Anglia. If you have memories or further images of this or any of Martins’ small number of Branches in East Anglia, please do get in touch with us at the usual address:

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Index Number and District:






11-50-60 Norwich Cattle Market

Sub to 11-50-60 Norwich

Cattle Market, Harford Norwich NOR 66B

454 London

Weekdays Closed

Saturday 1000-1130

Norwich 54504

Counter Service Only

Mr E Basil Thorington Manager (Norwich)


28 February 1969

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business transferred to Barclays Norwich Cattle Market

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