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Martins Bank 1928+

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1960 COA.jpgSheffield is amongst the first of Martins university Branches, opened on the crest of the huge wave of university building that takes place in the 1960s  This branch is certainly striking and quite unusual and it provides the public with a full banking service, and students with financial advice for the full six days of the banking week. Sheffield University is a self accounting sub branch to the main Sheffield Branch at West Street, and lasts for a total of seventeen years, closing in 1977.  Student Banking defines the start of competition amongst the banks for the custom of ordinary people – young people, who if caught and nurtured at the right time will turn into the “high net worth” customers of tomorrow - or so the theory goes - and until the mid 1990s British banks fall over themselves and each other to provide bigger and better incentives to students – clothing, sports bags, electronic gadgets, and the kind of interest-free borrowing the average small business would happily kill for! 

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Eventually, and as only they can, the students show themselves to be boss, ever larger numbers failing to repay their loans and overdrafts, many showing little or no loyalty by moving to other banks at the drop of a hat.  In the twenty-first century, it is good to see a return to kind of values shown by Martins fifty years ago, where managing money with care takes precedence over “what’s in it for me”…

 

 

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Mr D O Richardson

Manager

1961 onwards

Mr P Pallister

Clerk in Charge

1965 onwards

 

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11-83-80 Sheffield University   

Self Accounting Sub to 11-73-70 Sheffield

24 Hounsfield Road Sheffield S3 7RF Yorkshire

620 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Sheffield 29815

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Mr P Pallister Clerk in Charge

1960

15 December 1969

8 July 1977

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Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-77-03 Sheffield University

Closed

Sheffield University Audio Visual Department

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