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Martins Bank 1928+

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The 107TH Annual Report of Martins Bank Limited, lists Otley’s Wharfedale Auction Mart sub-Branch for the very first time. These are the days when the business of the Bank is expanding rapidly, and it is of course a far cry from today’s banking scene, where it is sad to think that internet banking and shopping has all but killed off the wonderful human contact once so purposefully fostered by some of Martins Bank’s smallest branches. 

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Once the hub of the village, amenities such as the corner shop, post office and bank have spent more than thirty years in slow but steady decline.  What life you could witness, and what gossip you could hear at one time, from the farmers and other customers at places like Wharfedale Auction Mart, now seems lost forever, buried under the anonymity of the information super-highway.  Shame on us indeed…

1960 s Wharfedale Auction Mart Exterior BGA Ref 30-3180

Image © Barclays Ref: 30/3180

Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report for 1938 © Barclays

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Index Number and District:






11-67-60 Otley Wharfedale Auction Mart

Sub to 11-67-60 Otley

Leeds Road Otley Yorkshire

111 Craven

Monday 1300-1500

No Saturday Service

Otley 3246

No Nightsafe

Mr A Struthers Manager (Otley)

9 May 1938

15 December 1969

29 November 1971

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-64-66 Otley 18 Manor Square


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