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Martins Bank 1928+

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1928ROn 4 January 1928, just one day after the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, the newly created Martins Bank opens a branch at No 6 Market Place Ripon.  Very little information is available about the running of this branch, and it is assumed that business does not really take off, as in 1935 Martins takes the decision to close it.  At the time, the town of Ripon has three other banks, so the competition for customers will be strong - not least with Barclays next door to Martins, at No 7 Market Place.  Martins never returns to Ripon, and in our list of competitor banks as at 1967/8 (below) the number of branch banks in the town has increased to five. 

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Ripon

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1930 Ripon Branch from Postcard CU - S Walker MBAX

 

Extracts from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts for 1928 © Barclays

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2015 Ripon Exterior CU - S Walker MBABy 1970, two of these, the National Provincial and the Westminster will have merged with the District Bank, to created NatWest. Originally Martins Bank appoints Mr F A Benson as Manager at Ripon, but in 1932 the branch is downgraded and Mr G H Clark is appointed Clerk in Charge. We do not know which of Martins’ Branches would have acted as parent, although Harrogate seems to have been the nearest and only town with a Branch of Martins for miles around.

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We were delighted when friend of the Archive Stephen Walker came across the lovely period image of Ripon – featured at the top of this page – which includes what is for now the only known sighting of the Branch. He also took for us this contemporary photograph of the building in Summer 2015. In our gallery at the bottom of this page, we do also have photos of two Martins staff members recorded in our Staff Database as having worked at Ripon.  The Hull Daily Mail carries this short piece in its Financial and Commercial News section, annoucing the opening of Ripon Branch, and we also have a Phone Book entry from 1934.

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1928 Ripon opens 05-JAN HDM

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NEWSPAPER IMAGE: Hull Daily Mail 5 Jan 1928

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

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1930 to 1932 Mr G L Barnes MBM-Au65P56.jpg

1933 to 1935 Mr G H Clark Clerk in Charge MBM-Su65P57.jpg

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Mr G L Barnes

On the Staff

1930 to 1932

Mr G H Clark

Clerk in Charge

1933 to 1935

 

 

 

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

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NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

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YORKSHIRE BANK LIMITED

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-703 Ripon

Full Branch until 1932/3

6 Market Place Ripon Yorkshire

Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 1000-1200 

Ripon 157

Counter Service only

Mr F A Benson (1928-1932)

4 January 1928

1932

28 February 1935

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Downgraded to sub branch status

Closed

Appletons Butchers

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