The last 53 branches…

On 15 December 1969, the “Appointed Day” in the Barclays Bank Act, hundreds of Martins Bank Branches turned overnight into Branches of Barclays. Ever since, that number has reduced as ways of doing business along with competition, trends, and any number of factors backed up by the ever more sophisticated abilties of the computer have all done away with the need for there to even BE bank branches. Just a little more than twenty years into the new Century, we find most banks are closing the equivalent of one branch a day EACH – that’s easily over 2000 a year. That we are still left with more than fifty of the seven hundred Martins Branches that were subsumed by Barclays says much about the strong foundations of the Banks that themselves came together to create the modern-day Martins Bank in 1928. We thought that it might be a fitting tribute to those branches still standing, and even those who have recently or are on the brink of being given the chop, to feature here to show you in bricks and mortar, just how strong the name of Martins remains, more than fifty years on from the merger…

ASHINGTON

CLOSED 16/07/2021

Bangor

Barnoldswick

Bentham

Bexley Heath

 

Blackburn Darwen Street

 

Carlisle English Street

Carnforth Market Street

 

Castletown (Market Square)

 

CLEVELEYS THE CRESCENT

CLOSED 04/06/2021

Clitheroe

 

Cockermouth

 

Colwyn Bay

 

Consett

 

Dewsbury Market Place

 

Ellesmere Port Whitby Road

 

FORMBY

CLOSED 30/04/2021

GARSTANG

CLOSING 29/10/2021

 

Gateshead 215 High Street

 

Guisborough

 

Guiseley

 

Haltwhistle

 

Hedge End

 

Heswall

 

Hexham

 

Holmfirth

 

Keighley

 

Kendal

 

Keswick

 

Kirkby Lonsdale

 

Kirkby Stephen

Lancaster

LIVERPOOL CHILDWALL

CLOSED 02/10/2015

Liverpool West Derby

39 Mill Lane

LIVERPOOL WOOLTON

CLOSED 18/06/2021

Llandudno

 

London 403-5

Holloway Road

Manchester

Chorlton-Cum-Hardy

Manchester St Anns Square

 

Newcastle Gosforth

 

Newcastle Wingrove

 

Northampton The Drapery

 

Penrith

 

Preston Fishergate

 

Prudhoe

 

Ramsey

 

Rawtenstall (36 Bank St)

 

Rochdale Yorkshire Street

 

SALE

CLOSED 06/08/2021

 

Sea Houses

 

Settle

 

Skipton

 

South Shields

Spalding

St Annes On The Sea

56 St Annes Road West

Ulverston

 

Wallasey Liscard

Wallsend The Forum

Windermere

Worcester High Street

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