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Martins Bank 1928+

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In what turned out to be the coldest winter for many a long year, the UK shivered its way into 2010 happy in the knowledge that the rapidly crumbling road surfaces could at least be gritted.  That is until the shock news that the country “might run short of salt”.  Winsford makes the national headlines as it promises to divert supplies that were due to be exported to Europe, so that the UK’s road network might still be put first.  This is just the sort of calm reaction that seems also to have been apparent in the 1960s, when Martins Bank’s  still very new branch at Winsford has troubles of its own.  Martins Bank Magazine visits the branch about a year after it first opens.

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In Service: December 1967 until 26 October 1973

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1967 Winsford Exterior 2 BGA Ref 30-3244

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-3244Sep 1.jpg

Bearing in mind what we said earlier about the Winter of 2010, were quite surprised to find that the Magazine’s Winsford feature has a strangely prophetic title…

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1968 04 MBM.jpg‘I suppose all new branches have their teething troubles, but to arrive one morning to find the place on fire . . . well, that really was a nasty shock.' David Rogal was talking about the incident that happened a month after he opened our branch at Winsford in Cheshire in December of last year. The heating system which feeds warm air through ceiling vents developed a fault overnight: by morning the corner of the office that houses the machines was alight. From a small cardboard box Mr Rogal took two pieces of charred wood, remains of one of the beams. But that was nearly a year ago; today, the Winsford staff are busy dealing with their growing business from premises in the town's new shopping centre. We couldn't see the branch as we approached the centre from the main road as it is tucked inside the pedestrian precinct. Instead we were confronted by the imposing frontages of two of our competitors. However, like so many of Winsford shoppers, we made our call by car and in so doing discovered Martins' hidden asset—a rear entrance giving on to the main free car park. So many of our customers use the back entrance I'm convinced it's proving an advantage,' said David Rogal.

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1967 Winsford Interior 4 BGA Ref 30-3244

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-3244


Not many years ago in Winsford a new branch bank would have experienced difficulty in gaining even its first customer. The once prosperous centre of Cheshire's famous salt mines was in the doldrums, for only one mine remained and no other major industry had come to the town. Then came the turning point. In 1961 Winsford embarked on a scheme of expansion which included the creation of a trading estate and, over a number of years, the housing of some of Liverpool's overspill population. Though the town is just outside the Merseyside Development Area its expansion has en­abled it to offer industry the full range of Government grants and so attract to the trading estate some of the country's biggest concerns. The industrialists have found Winsford well placed geographically—less than thirty miles from Merseyside and Manchester, just six miles from the M6 motorway to the west Midlands, and close to the electrified Liverpool-London rail link. Within fifteen years Winsford's 20,000 population is expected to reach 70,000.


'Winsford—an expanding town’ says the road sign as you cross the boundary line—and that is no exag­geration. And David Rogal wants to keep on saying the same about his branch. His career since he joined the Bank in 1949 has taken him to many Manchester District branches and latterly included two years on inspection staff. He attended the Senior Training Course in spring this year. Nowadays golf and photography—and a new-born son—keep his spare time filled, though living quite near Oulton Park, where he once took a racing car driver's course, keeps alive his interest in motor sport. Gaining and retaining business at the counter is Robert Davies who finds a new branch a distinct change from a well-established office like Nantwich where he joined the Bank in 1965. He was an enthusiastic footballer until two broken ankles put him out of the game: now he contents himself playing cricket for Crewe L.M.R. team. His other interest is the theatre.  The feminine touch is provided by Mrs Christine Woodward who is enjoying the variety of work offered by the small branch. In her limited leisure time she enjoys a game of badminton. David Wood was attached to the staff as a trainee after entering at Sale branch in September. He too is a sportsman and plays rugby for a local club. As the accompanying photograph shows, Winsford has counter screens which are known on occasions to distort customers' words. One day the Winsford staff thought they were about to open an account for a town clerk until in the barrier-free atmosphere of Mr Rogal's room the new customer proved to be a time clerk.  “All  in a day's work”, as somebody once said.

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Christine Woodward

On the Staff


David Wood

On the Staff


Mr D L Rogal

Clerk in Charge

1968 onwards

Robert Davies

On the Staff





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21 Dingle Walk

Over (no address)


19 Queens Parade


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25 Queens Parade


29 High Street






Index Number and District:






11-57-90 Winsford

Self Accounting sub to 11-00-60 Manchester District Office

19 Queens Parade Winsford Cheshire

790 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Winsford 2929

Nightsafe Installed

Mr D L Rogal Clerk in Charge



December 1967

15 December 1969

26 October 1973

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-97-24 Winsford Queen’s Parade




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