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1967 Mr AF Hill MBM-Su67P061968 COA.jpgIn his pamphlet “Martins Bank Branches in Sussex” (1984) Mr A F Hill (pictured here in 1967) makes only a short reference to Martins Bank’s sub-Branch at Goring by Sea.  He notes that it is opened in early 1968, but with the merger plans it is closed again in 1969 without really having hads any chance to make a significant contribution to Martins Bank’s expansion. It looks as though the area would have provided good business for the Bank, as the opening hours at Goring by Sea were set to the full six day banking week.  Opening on Saturday Morning had been a fixture of banking dating back to the 1800s, but by the end of 1969 the pressure from trades unions is enough for most banks in England and Wales to close their doors on Saturday. For a short period, a compensatory “late evening opening” is introduced until the banks opt to add half an hour at each end of the previous Monday to Friday Hours.

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As it is one of a number of sites where Barclays already has its own Branch, Goring by Sea is indeed a very short-lived branch.  Whilst this happens to several other Martins Branches, some Barclays Branches are closed in favour of better Martins premises. Our friends at Barclays tell us that unfortunately they do not have any images of this office. If you have memories and/or pictures of Goring by Sea sub branch that will help us expand this page, please contact us at the usual address:

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Someone who has done just that, is Martins Colleague and Friend of the Archive Dave Baldwin, to whom we are grateful for this contemporary image of Goring by Sea Branch taken in January 2014. Dave has taken a number of pictures of our branches as they are in the twenty-first century. This has helped us to show “then and now” comparisons where former Martins Branches are still standing and whatever it is they are being used for in the twenty-first Century!

Image © Dave Baldwin 2014

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Index Number and District:






11-70-90 Goring By Sea

Sub to 11-70-90 Worthing

329 Goring Road Goring by Sea Worthing Sussex

443 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Worthing 48254

No Nightsafe

R C Burton Manager (Worthing)



Friday 28 February 1969


Opened by Martins Bank Limited


Estate Agency