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Martins Bank 1928+

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1947Skelton, like many of Martins Bank’s smaller sub-Branches receives no mention in Martins Bank Magazine, so it’s great that the images on this page are still in existence.  This little sub-Branch opens in 1947 and offers convenience to those personal and business customers who might otherwise have to travel to Loftus to do their banking. Skelton joins two well-established sub-Branches to Loftus, which are found at BROTTON, opened in 1874 in the days of the North Eastern Banking Company, and at CARLIN HOW which was opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins just after the end of the First World War.

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By the late 1960s Martins Bank Staff arrive to open up for business at Skelton for one and a half hours on four mornings each week, which would indicate via a fairly brisk business,  a customer footfall comprising primarily the needs of local shops paying in takings, and of personal current and savings account holders. The interior photograph here, shows albeit in rudimentary form, some thing that will become ubiquitous in Banking to this day – bandit screens.  The increase in armed raids and real the danger these put Bank staff under requires action, and sadly the removal of true face to face contact with customers begins a rapid advance throughout all Bank branches, large and small. The only other “protection” afforded to staff at this time is the alarm system, and the Branch being allowed its own telephone line – expensive but necessary.

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Surviving the merger with Barclays, Skelton sub branch remains open for a further thirty years, making it (just) into the Twenty-First Century, closing its doors for the last time in April 2000…

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1960 s Skelton Exterior BGA Ref 30-2662

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2662

1960 s Skelton Interior BGA Ref 33-509

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Index Number and District:






11-59-50 Skelton                                               

Sub to 11-59-50 Loftus

13 High Street Skelton-in-Cleveland Saltburn by the Sea Yorkshire

340 North Eastern

Mon Tue Thu and Fri 1000-1130

No Saturday Service

Skelton 580

No Nightsafe installed

Mr W S Hall Manager (Loftus)

12 September 1947

15 December 1969

7 April 2000

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-51-98 Loftus


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