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WELCOME to May at Martins Bank Archive, and to MARTINS BANK MAGAZINE – our news feature in honour of the Bank’s staff publication, which from 1946 to 1969 brought news of changing times, new Branches and  services and even new technologies to Staff in England Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man…   As we find ourselves in another year which will be tinged with the sadness of branch closures, we really appreciate the support of our ever increasing band of loyal visitors and contributors.

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AUTUMN/WINTER

2016

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SPRING/SUMMER

2017

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AUTUMN/WINTER

2017

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SPRING/SUMMER

2018

Don’t forget our sister site - Lewis’s Bank Archive - which tells the story of Britain’s department store bank for the nine years that it was a subsidiary of Martins. You can click on the link at the top of this page for more info. Our most recent news stories are shown below, and you can catch up on some previous stories in-depth, by downloading our half-yearly Newsletters (see above).

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RECENT UPDATES TO www.martinsbank.co.uk :

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Branches Added:

BIRTLEY 37 DURHAM ROAD

COVENTRY 12 BROADGATE

Pages Added:

DATA PROTECTION

Branches Updated:

BIRTLEY 48 DURHAM ROAD

Pages Updated:

ADVERTISING – THE 1940s

 

CARNFORTH

 

 

 

COVENTRY 2 HIGH STREET

Pages to be removed soon:

COMMENT   (24 MAY 18)

 

LANCASTER MARKET STREET STAFF GALLERY

 

 

 

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY STAFF GALLERY

 

 

 

BIRMINGHAM CITY OFFICE 98 COLMORE ROW

 

 

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50 Years On…

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December 2019 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the day that more than 700 branches of the Bank that had closed for the weekend as Martins Bank Limited, opened up again on the Monday as Barclays. The Grasshopper Pensioners Club wants to mark this day, and is currently looking for ideas from former Martins Staff Members. Please click HERE or on the Eagle and Grasshooper poster (left) to open a copy of a letter issued by Club Secretary Dave Baldwin to ALL Barclays Pensioner Clubs so that Martins members can make suggestions.  Your memories of merger day will also be important in the coming months.  Here on the Archive Web Site we will be marking the anniversary by summarising the huge pile of pink merger circulars that were issued, to match the days on which they were issued to branches. Fifty years on, when we now have more technology at our fingertips than we know what to do with, your memories of this major merger are important documents of social history.  Therefore. WHATEVER you were doing, from answering the phone with the wrong bank name to coping with merging daily processes, in branch or department, or at Martins’ computer centre, we would love to hear from you.

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Data Protection

Changes in the law which come into force on 25 May 2018 mean that anyone who collects personal data has new and tougher rules to adhere to, so that those whose data is held know it is being held for a good reason, and that it is being used correctly – both in accordance with the law and with the wishes of the subjects of the data. So that you know the types of data we hold, and what we do with that data, there is a new page MARTINS BANK ARCHIVE – DATA PROTECTION available from the main contents menu (see menu left).  As a result of the changes to Data Protection, we will shortly be removing our COMMENT page.  You will still be able to email us as normal, and participate in comment and discussion of the Archive’s FACEBOOK® Page. Our half-yearly newsletter will continue, but will now be available to download from this page – see above.

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A period of growth, and a bank error…

 

As the 1960s begin, Martins Bank hits the ground running, with a dazzling display of asset management – new branches spring up, old branches are rebuilt or refurbished, or moved.  Artworks with a local flavour are commissioned and put on permanent display. With newspapers and magazine still the only permitted source of bank advertising, Martins has to make an impression, and for each new or refurbished branch, advertisements are placed in relevant local journals to announce what is happening, where, and when.  Martins Bank archive is currently restoring a huge number of the Bank’s advertisements to their former glory, and remastering those which have survived until now as faded newsprint. We are grateful to our keen eyed visitors and of course Barclays for their help with this task. Long term friend of the Archive Stephen Walker has been of particular help, and we are also grateful to him for making available his extensive collection of Martins Bank memorabilia. 

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Accuracy in all things is naturally expected of the banking industry, so we were surprised to find an error in an advertisement for the opening of Washington, County Durham Branch, in 1965. Existing and potential customers of the bank are invited to the new branch FOUR DOORS AWAY from where it actually is, but the error is soon spotted and corrected.  The first ad is shown in newspapers on 7 July 1965, the second on 21 July 1965.

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The advertisements are not only valuable in terms of social history (Note the use of the hyphen in the word to-day, as late as 1963) – they also reveal some detail not previously recorded either by ourselves or Barclays, such as exact dates of opening or removal to a new address Here is a selection of the advertisements so far found and restored.  These images will in due course be added to the relevant branch network pages of our web site…

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18/12/1961

21/06/1965

12/09/1964

22/07/1963

 

On Martins’ side?

We love a good nostalgia website, and RANDALL AND HOPKIRK DECLASSIFIED, is a truly wonderful encyclopaedia of the classic late sixties TV series in which a detective is helped by the ghost of his former colleague.  The hit show aired on ITV in 1969/70 when Martins was merging with Barclays. We would like to think it was slightly more than coincidence that in the Episode entitled “When the Spirit Moves You” a scene is played out at a branch of “MARTINSIDE BANK”!  We are always looking for Martins Bank in popular culture, and whether placed there intentionally or by accident, or even “not quite”, it is great to see our Bank or variations of it living on in film TV and literature.   It is thought that Francis Durbridge, who created the detective Paul Temple, had his hero bank at Martins when in more than one of the Radio Adaptations of the books, Mr Temple says he needs to go  to “the Bank in SOUTH AUDLEY STREET London.  Another great detective lived just three doors from the building that became Martins Bank 213 BAKER STREET and had the historical timing been better, it may well have been “elementary” for him to have popped in for cash to feed a certain drugs habit!  The best known reference to Martins Bank in popular culture is in the original TV series and the original film of the much loved Dad’s Army.  The bank is mentioned several times by Mr Mainwaring and Mr Wilson in the early episodes before the BBC decided that a change of Bank name would “prevent confusion”.  You can read what happened when Martins Bank Magazine caught up with Mr Mainwaring and his staff on our WALMINGTON ON SEA page… 

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Farewell to more old friends..

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HEBDEN BRIDGE

6 April 2018

TIMPERLEY

4 May 2018

SEDGEFIELD

11 May 2018

APPLEBY IN WESTMORLAND

18 May 2018

 

 

 

 

BRAMPTON

25 May 2018

WOLSINGHAM

5 July 2018

SKELMANTHORPE

1 June 2018

SPENNYMOOR

1 June 2018

 

 

Once again the axe is being wielded on some former Martins Branches, as Barclays’ customer tell their Bank they prefer not to use face to face services any more. You can keep up to date with Branch closures on our MARTINS BRANCH WATCH PAGE. The branches named here, will all be closed permanently from 12 noon on the dates shown, and as ever we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has served customers at these Branches, from Martins’ days and before, right up to the present day.  Branches are being added to the list at afair old rate now, and we will try to stay one step ahead and announce closures to our visitors as soon as we are aware they are going to happen.

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STOURPORT ON SEVERN

8 June 2018

BIRKENHEAD UPTON

29 June 2018

The Branch at Birkenhead Upton was an original office of Messrs E Reed and Son’s Cattle Trading Bank opened in May 1923 and taken over soon after by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited.

 

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Buyer Beware….

We have left the following article here once again for reference, to help explain the position regarding the theft of copyrighted images for the purposes of re-sale. There is a common misconception that if you can Google an image, then it is “in the public domain” and you can do what you want with it. Even some staff at eBay® believed this until they were recently put right – if you take or copy someone else’s work or property without their permission or acknowledgement, and sell it on to make even a penny out of it, this is breach of copyright, and the real owner can take legal recourse to stop further theft and misuse of their property. There are currently on eBay® a number of listings of photographs for sale, showing scenes from the past and old buildings including these four (and many more) Branches of Martins Bank.  These images originated on our web site.  As you can see, under our agreement with the owner, we prominently display copyright. These images have been copied and printed onto cheap photographic paper. The seller even has the gall to add their own watermark to the displayed images to prevent others from stealing them!!!

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STAINLAND

Image © Barclays

SITTINGBOURNE

Image created by Martins Bank Archive and © Barclays

BURTON UPON TRENT

Image © Barclays

WALLASEY

Image © Barclays

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As well as being against copyright law, these items are worthless, having little more than sentimental value – you will often find that collections and archives will make images available free of charge for private use, but you MUST check with them first. You should always check the seller’s right to copy the image – reputable sites such as eBay® do now allow you to report copyright infringement. For ANY item of memorabilia, the best thing to do is shop around and compare prices – in the case of Martins Bank there are often up to twenty different items for sale on eBay® alone on any given day. For printed material which looks as if it has been copied, or actually claims to be a copy, ALWAYS question the seller about copyright.

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Best Regards, Jonathan.

Westmorland, Monday 30TH April 2018

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WHILST MARTINS BANK ARCHIVE HAS NO CONNECTION WITH THE DAY TO DAY TRADING ACTIVITIES OF THE

BARCLAYS GROUP OF COMPANIES, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE CONTINUED GENEROUS GUIDANCE, ADVICE

AND SUPPORT OF BARCLAYS GROUP ARCHIVES IN THE BUILDING AND SHAPING OF THIS ONLINE SOCIAL HISTORY.

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