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Martins Bank 1928+

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By 1965, many of Martins Bank’s branches across the North of England are beginning to show their age, and the decision is taken either to redecorate, rebuild or relocate.  This is a difficult financial tightrope for the Bank to walk, as it completes its programme of opening new branches.

In Service: 1964 until 1965

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This means that many of the oldest and most run-down Branches in the Northern parts of England and Wales will have to make do with nothing more than a makeover.  There are, however, some notable exceptions. For example, both KENDAL and LANCASTER branches are given internal transformation, moving from old fashioned dark wood panels and little light, to modern materials, much more space, and a light and airy feel. The logistics of closing such large branches temporarily, and finding the space for up to a hundred or more staff to work, must have been quite an onerous task for the Bank’s premises department to facilitate.

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PRESTON branch is completely demolished, and it takes two years to construct its lavish replacement, which becomes home to a new branch of Martins Bank Trust Company, and a showcase for the aspirations of Martins Bank in the mid to late sixties.  A similar project is undertaken at Hyde, with the branch at 38 MARKET STREET being replaced with something that is much more “fit for purpose” as banking moves ever more quickly towards the computer age and decimalisation.  Hyde relocates to a temporary branch at 25 Market Street, but at the moment we have no pictorial record of these premises.  The staff gallery for this branch is on our main HYDE page.

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Index Number and District:






11-91-40 Hyde

Temporary Branch

25 Market Street Hyde Cheshire

750 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 368 1494/5


Mr K Whittle Manager


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Opened as a temporary branch

Closed and business is moved back to 38 Market Street

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