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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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A bag of threepenny bits

and a filling, please…

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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens this branch at Chatton in 1927.  It is just not quite clear enough to see every word, but the signs outside Chatton sub-Branch promise something a little more than just banking – It would seem that the dental practice of Mr R Darling, and Mr G S Yeoman, shares the same building, so why not top off the refusal of an overdraft by having a tooth out!  Under Martins Bank, Chatton is controlled from Wooler Branch, and has quite an interesting life.

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/0601

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It survives the upheavals both of war and of bank merger, until the doors are closed on banking for the final time in 1970.   As one of many branches mothballed during World War 2, many of which are NOT re-opened, Wooler is closed down from 1942 to 1946.  This is because the demands of the Kennet committee require more and more bank staff to be withdrawn from civilian life for active service, and as Chatton would  normally open for less than two hours each week, it is not worth trying to staff the branch.  After re-opening in 1946, Wooler remains in service for another twenty-four years, just making it past the merger with Barclays by six months.  Barclays wants their new investment to pay its way, and the economic reality of having to pay rent and rates for a building that is so little in use, closes another chapter in Martins Bank’s history…

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Index Number and District:






11-63-90 Chatton                                            

Sub to Wooler

Chatton Alnwick Northumberland

372 North Eastern

Tuesday 1100-1245

No Saturday Service

Wooler 329

Counter Service Only

Mr T A Douglas Manager (Wooler)

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3 January 1928

29 December 1942


15 December 1969

30 June 1970


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War II


Barclays Bank Limited 20-98-54 Wooler


Unable to trace

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