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Martins Bank 1928+

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1961Crumpsall is a new sub branch, opened by Martins Bank in 1961.  It might seem a little surprising to be opening new branches in Manchester at this time, when the city already has so many thanks to the amalgamation with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank some three decades earlier.  It might be that there is an economic case for opening up shop here, but Martins is also known for having a certain “knee jerk reaction” either to the presence of rivals or of new business such as a large company setting up business in the area. 

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1806

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Examples of the latter include KEW BRIDGE and BRIERLEY HILL where the Bank perceives benefits in providing banking services for large companies.  Rumour has it that Martins chose Epsom for its second drive-in Branch simply because the wife of a Martins Bank Director who lived locally didn’t have a branch of Martins at which to cash her cheques and had to use Barclays!   So whether or not the Bank chooses to site its new branch to attract customers from the local Co-operative Movement (Co-op biscuit manufacturing is big in Crumpsall) or from the three major local hospitals, Crumpsall gets a Branch, which lasts for just ten years, closing in June 1971, a year and a half after the merger with Barclays…

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Index Number and District:






11-65-20 Manchester Crumpsall

Sub to 11-65-20 Manchester Cheetham

11 Union Terrace Manchester 08

503 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 740 1340


Mr F Dixon Manager


15 December 1969

30 June 1971


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-54-58 Manchester Cheetham


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