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Martins Bank 1928+

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A little bit of old Hull…

image070Martins Bank’s association with Hull goes back to 1899 and the Equitable Bank branch at 46-48 WHITEFRIARGATE.  Fast forward sixty three years, and Martins moves the business to the Market Place.  Although we do not have a picture of the new branch, here you can see a photograph taken by Martins’ premises department, showing which buildings will be demolished to make way for it!  We are still looking for external images of Martins Bank’s branch at Hull Market Place, and its predecessor at Whitefriargate. 

 

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1966 Hull Market Place Exterior (Planned) BGA Ref 30-1386

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Much of Hull was heavily bombed in World War II and rebuilding large areas of the town centre from scratch has already taken more than fifteen years. The buildings shown marked in ink on the photograph are to be demolished and/or altered to allow for the new development that will include a Branch of Martins Bank. The picture serves as rather a neat historical record of the old that has now been replaced by the new. Luckily, the Bank does keep hold of a couple of photos of the new Branch interior, which is every bit as modern as you would expect for 1962…

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1966 Hull Market Place interior 2 BGA Ref 30-1386

1966 Hull Market Place interior 1 BGA Ref 30-1386

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Martins Bank Magazine gvies the Staff of Hull Market Place plenty of time to settle into their new surrounds and a new routine before it arrives to write one of its Branch visit reports for its avid readers. It is also time for the Manager, Mr G H Clark to Retire, a fact which is noted both in the Magazine’s Article, and further down our page in his retirement write-up from the same issue of the Magazine, Summer 1965…

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Market Place Map.jpgimage009In his book The Call of England in 1928 H. V. Morton wrote 'Ships sail right into the heart of Hull.  They saunter casually across the main streets…. Ships never apologise in Hull!  They have the right of way; and they take their time, knowing full well that they are all that Hull was, is and will be!' Times have indeed changed. As 'a north-east coast port' Hull was anonymously and savagely bombed during the war and, though many of the scars still show, a new shopping centre has risen from the rubble.   That dock in the centre of the town was rather a nuisance so it was filled in and laid out attractively as an open space and now the traffic circulates on a complicated but effective one-way pattern.  Nobody misses the dock for Hull now has seven miles of docks as well as an oil jetty along the banks of the Humber, and the possibilities of extending eastwards are tremendous for the city lies at the end of the road to nowhere and has ample elbow room. The former homes and counting houses of the merchant adventurers still exist alongside dock buildings and offices and near Bowlalley Lane stands the original White Harte Inn where, in 1642, the Governor ordered the city gates to be closed against Charles I, thereby furthering the Parlia­mentary cause in the Civil War.

 

In this part of the town, too, is the strangely named street 'Land of Green Ginger'. Enquiries at the Guildhall produced two possible origins: that it was the favourite drink of Henry VIII, a frequent visitor to Hull, and that in olden times it was 'the haunt of sailors and local harpies'. With that one has to be satisfied, but there is an Alice in Wonderland touch about its situation in the heart of the business and commercial community. Hull branch itself was opened in 1899 by the Halifax Equitable Bank but three years ago moved to modern and very spacious premises in Market Place. Here we found Mr G. H. Clark with Mr G. A. Weatherburn preparing for the management change-over three weeks later, and a very young but energetic staff coping with the day's work despite commitments at Newland, the sub branch near the University, and at Story Street which must be maintained at full strength to ensure anything like a reasonable finishing time and where, soon after our arrival in the morning, Mr G. E. Jones vacated the desk in his room to enable a member of the staff to sit down and post ledgers. Hull branch copes: its figures prove it, and Mr Clark in retirement can look back with satisfaction on his untiring efforts.

 

image009the presentation to Mr Clark, retiring as Manager of Hull branch, took place at the branch on 30th April. More than 50 people were present including several customers, and some former colleagues had travelled more than 100 miles to be present. Mr Clark was accompanied by his wife and his younger daughter, Susan. The proceedings were opened by Mr C. D. Scurr (Pro Manager) who, after paying his own tribute to Mr Clark, called on Mr Servant to make the presentation. Having known Mr Clark personally for so many years Mr Servant regretted having to bid him farewell. He spoke highly of his loyal and valuable service, especially during his 18 years as Manager at Hull, and of his happy relations with his staff. On behalf of subscribers he presented Mr Clark with two folding chairs and a cheque with which Mr Clark intends to buy something of a durable nature. In reply, Mr Clark thanked everyone for their help and made special mention of his wife who throughout his career had coped with everything from the customer un­expectedly brought home late in the evening, to seeing that her husband never arrived at the office without his keys. In expressing his thanks to the staff, Mr Clark paid tribute to the younger members who had been so helpful during recent staff shortages. After Miss Sheila Broughton had pre­sented Mrs Clark with a bouquet the company enjoyed the substantial refresh­ments Mr Clark had provided. Mr Clark, who was later entertained to lunch at Head Office by the General Management, began his career in 1921 at Silsden branch, thereafter serving at Leeds District branches. His first appointment was as Clerk-in-Charge at Ripon in 1933 and two years later he moved to Bridlington as Manager.  In 1947 he was appointed Manager at Hull.

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1947 to 1965 Mr G H Clark Manager MBM-Su65P57.jpg

1962 to 1963 Mr G H D Smith Pro Manager MBM-Wi63P06.jpg

1965 Mr G S Harvey MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Miss E W Stirling MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Miss H Londesborough MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Miss M J Tuck MBM-Su65P21.jpg

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Mr G H Clark

Manager

1962 to 1965

Mr G H D Smith

Pro Manager

1962 to 1963

Mr Graham S Harvey

Joined the Bank here

1964

Miss E W Stirling

On the Staff

1965

Miss H Londesborough

On the Staff

1965

Miss M J Tuck

On the staff

1965

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1965 Miss S Broughton MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Miss S Wilkinson MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Mr D A Lanacster MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Mr G B Mellor MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Miss D E Cutsforth MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Mr GA Weatherburn Manager MBM-Su65P04.jpg

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Miss S Broughton

On the Staff

1965

Miss S Wilkinson

On the Staff

1965

Mr D A Lancaster

On the Staff

1965

Mr G B Mellor

On the Staff

1965

Miss D E Cutsforth

On the Staff

1965

Mr G A Weatherburn

Manager

1965 onwards

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1965 Mr H Beales Guard MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1965 Mr N Trott Pro Manager MBM-Su65P21.jpg

1966 Mr CF Redshaw Staff Member MBM-Sp66P35.jpg

1968 Barry Dimaline MBM-Wi68P32.jpg

1967 Mr F Bamford pro Manager MBM-Au67P06.jpg

1969 John Anderson Hull - MBM-Su69P47.jpg

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Mr H Beales

Guard

1965

Mr N Trott

Pro Manager

1965

Mr C F Redshaw

On the Staff

1966

Mr Barry Dimaline

Joined the Bank Here

1966 to 1968

Mr F Bamford

Pro Manager

1967

Mr John Anderson

Joined the Bank Here

1967

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1969 John Parkinson Hull - MBM-Su69P47.jpg

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Mr John Parkinson

Joined the Bank Here

1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-88-40 Hull Market Place

Full Branch

PO Box 58 1 Market Place Hull Yorkshire

605 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Hull 35203 / 35783

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G A Weatherburn Manager

 

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11-88-40 HULL NEWLAND

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11-32-80 HULL STORY STREET

 

1962

15 December 1969

December 1971

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-43-38 Hull Market Place

Closed

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