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Martins Bank 1928+

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Many in the mid to late sixties generation of Martins Bank’s new Branches and sub-Branches are built and/or opened because they will form part of a new development such as a shopping precinct, or in the case of Kew Bridge  and Birmingham Edgbaston for example, they are sited in newly constructed business or industrial premises. 

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Most of them look very very new, and whilst tastefully designed, they are nevertheless a significant departure from the bank buildings of the 1930s.   The sub-Branch at Wellswood certainly bucks this trend, by being located in almost as traditional and beautiful a building as its parent Branch at TORQUAY itself…

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Many of the South Western District Branches of Martins Bank are housed in handsome looking buildings.  Why not take a look at some of them – BARNSTAPLE, ST HELIER, BATH, CHELTENHAM MONTPELIER, and BRISTOL CITY OFFICE are just a few worthy of mention in this context.  Whilst the Branch is not self accounting, it does have night safe facilities and opens six days a week for full banking hours. 

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This part of Torquay must therefore provide good banking traffic from both traders and personal customers. The building also houses a decent sized interview area, which is most likely used for the Bank’s customers - by appointment - to see a visiting manager from the main Branch, or for the privacy of opening new accounts. Wellswood survives the 1969 merger with Barclays, and becomes one of their Branches for a further twenty-three years, the doors close for the final time in September 1992.

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2951

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Index Number and District:






11-58-80 Wellswood                              

Sub to 11-58-80 Torquay

37 Ilsham Road Wellswood Torquay Devon

151 South Western

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Torquay 27093

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A N L Broderick


15 December 1969

30 September 1992


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-87-12 Torquay 59 Fleet Street


the Riviera Care Group

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