Following decades of amalgamation with other banks, the Bank of Liverpool, the former Martin’s Private Bank and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank resurface in 1928 as MARTINS BANK LIMITED.The Bank doesn’t opt for the “slash and burn” policy we see so often in today’s business world, choosing instead to listen to its shareholders, and more importantly its customers, before designing the kind the of bank that people will want to use, recommend to their friends, and of course trust without question. Staff are not left out either, and although these are the times when men are considered sole bread winner and women used as ornaments, there is a sense of “family” at Martins Bank that is still talked about today by those who were there.

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A major statement of the Bank’s independence is of course the lavish new Head Office building at 4 Water Street, Liverpool. A policy of expansion follows, with Martins determined to be represented all over England and Wales, and in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Ahead of some very expensive new builds, the Bank takes temporary branches to get a foothold in a particular town or City, before finding the best location in wchich to open a permanent office. This is all backed up by the Bank’s presence at agricultural shows and other trade events all over the United Kingdom. Our features – Mobile Branches and Trade Stands – show the fleet of mobile branch caravans and also many of the elaborate and colourful stands used to attract new business. On this page, and with the help of publicity leaflets and advertising copy, we take in the sheer number of events visited in two particular years – 1956 when the Mobile Branches and Trade Stands are at full stretch around the Country, and 1969 when Barclays begins to provide some of the trade stand venues from which BOTH Banks can trade before their merger is complete…

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This leaflet (left) lists the events at which Martins Mobile Branches will be in attendance throughout Show Season 1956. The newspaper advertisements (right) from 1954-1956 are printed in the same generic form, with just the location date and time changed to suit each show. Advantage is also taken of the local nature of the events to add the name and address of a local branch at the end of the wording.

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SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS 1956

Appleby

25 Aug. 1956

Appleby Agricultural Show

Aylesbury

6 Sept. 1956

Buckinghamshire Agricultural Show

Bakewell

9 Aug. 1956

Bakewell Agricultural Show

Bedford

13—14 July1956

Bedfordshire Agricultural Show

Bellingham

22 Sept. 1956

North Tyne & Redesdale Agricultural Show

Binfield

22 Sept. 1956

Wokingham & District Agricultural Show

Bingley

15 Aug. 1956

Bingley Show

Blackpool

31 July —3 Aug. 1956

Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show

Bowdon

18—19 Sept. 1956

Altrincham Agricultural & Horticultural Show

Bramhall

1 Sept. 1956

Bramhall Show

Bristol

21 May 1956

North Somerset Agricultural Show

Bromley

6 Aug. 1956

Bromley Horse Show

Burnley

2 June 1956

Burnley Agricultural Show

Bury

11 Aug. 1956

Bury & District Agricultural Show

Cardiff

30 May —2 June 1956

Bath & West & Southern Counties Show

Carlisle

19 July 1956

Cumberland Agricultural Show

Castle Bromwich

23 April —4 May 1956

British Industries Fair

Chester

6—7 June 1956

Great Cheshire Show

Chester-le-Street

3—4 Aug. 1956

Durham County Show

Corbridge-on-Tyne

6 Aug. 1956

Tyneside Agricultural Show

Costessey

27—28 June 1956

Royal Norfolk Agricultural Show

Derby

23 June 1956

Notts. & Derbyshire Counties Agricultural Show

Dorchester

 6 Sept. 1956

Dorchester Agricultural Show

Driffield

25 July 1956

Driffield Agricultural Show

Ely

25—26 May 1956

Cambridgeshire & Isle of Ely Agricultural Show

Enderby

15—16 June 1956

Leicestershire Agricultural Show

Exeter

24—26 May 1956

Devon County Agricultural Show

Formby

14 July 1956

Formby Show

Frome

26 Sept. 1956

Frome District Agricultural Show

Gargrave

18 Aug. 1956

Gargrave & District Agricultural Show

Gillingham

29 Aug. 1956

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show

Great Harwood

23 June 1956

Great Harwood Agricultural Show

Harrogate

10—12 July 1956

Great Yorkshire Show

Hazel Grove

6—7 July 1956

N.E. Cheshire Show

Helston

6—7 June 1956

Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show

Hereford

12—14 June 1956

Three Counties Show

High Wycombe

1 Sept. 1956

High Wycombe & District Agricultural Show

Ipswich

6—7 June 1956

Suffolk County Show

Kendal

13 Sept. 1956

Westmorland Agricultural Show

Keswick

5 Sept. 1956

Keswick Agricultural & Horse Show

Kettering

8 Sept. 1956

Northamptonshire Agricultural Show

Kidlington

 8—9 May 1956

Oxfordshire Agricultural Show

Kintbury

15 Sept. 1956

Newbury & District Agricultural Show

Lancaster

1 Aug. 1956

Lancaster Agricultural Show

Leicester

7—8 Aug. 1956

City of Leicester Show Abbey Park

Lytham

25 July 1956

Lytham St. Annes Agricultural&Horticultural Show

Macclesfleld

29 Aug. 1956

Macclesfield Show

Maidstone

11—12 July 1956

Kent County Agricultural Show

Melksham

23 May 1956

Trowbridge, Melksham & District Agricultural Show

Moreton-in-Marsh

8 Sept. 1956

Moreton-in-Marsh Agricultural Show

Mottram

14 July 1956

Mottram & District Agricultural Show

Nantwich

1Aug. 1956

Nantwich Agricultural Show

Newark

 4—5 May 1956

Newark & District Agricultural Show

Newcastle upon Tyne

3—6 July 1956

Royal Agricultural Show of England

Oswestry

2 Aug. 1956

Oswestry Agricultural Show

Otley

19 May 1956

Wharfedale Agricultural Show

Penrith

9 Aug. 1956

Penrith Agricultural Show

Peterborough

17—19 July 1956

Peterborough Agricultural Show

Poole

20—23 June 1956

Royal Counties Agricultural Show

Reigate

21 May 1956

Surrey Agricultural Show

Rhyl

25—27 July 1956

Royal Welsh Agricultural Show

Rhyl

1 Sept. 1956

Denbigh & Flint Agricultural Show

Richmond

14—16 June 1956

Richmond Royal Horse Show

Rochdale

28 July 1956

Rochdale & District Agricultural Show

Shepton Mallet

4 Sept. 1956

Great Mid-Somerset Agricultural Show

Shillingford, near Oxford

10—12 Oct. 1956

World Ploughing Championships

Shrewsbury

16—17 May 1956

Shropshire & West Midland Agricultural Show

Sleaford

20—21 June 1956

Lincolnshire Agricultural Show

Southport

22—24 Aug. 1956

Southport Flower Show

St. Albans

17 May 1956

Hertfordshire Show

St. Ives

16 June 1956

Huntingdonshire Agricultural Show

Stanhope

8—10 Sept. 1956

Stanhope Agricultural Show

Stockton-on-Tees

28 July 1956

Stockton Agricultural Show

Stroud

21 July 1956

Stroud Agricultural Show

Thame

20 Sept. 1956

Thame Show

Tunbridge Wells

29—30 June 1956

Tunbridge Wells & S.E. Counties Agricultural Show

Wavertree

July 19—21 1956

Liverpool Show

Wellesbourne

21—22 May 1956

Warwickshire Agricultural Show

Windsor

10—12 May 1956

Royal Windsor Horse Show

Wolsingham

1—3 Sept. 1956

Wolsingham & Wear Valley Agricultural Show

Wooler

22 Aug. 1956

Glendale Agricultural Show

Yeovil

13 Sept. 1956

Yeovil Agricultural Show

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1969 Banking at the Shows Leaflet - Beryl Creer - MBA

This leaflet (left) lists the events at which Martins Mobile Branches will be in attendance throughout Show Season 1969. This time, the banking services available at many of the events will be hosted by Barclays at their own Trade Stands, but there are one or two notable and prestigious exceptions – Martins Bank has its own Branch on Centre Court at the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon. It also has a permanent show Branch at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, which was opened in 1962, and kept on by Barclays until March 2001.

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AGRICULTURAL SHOWS AND OTHER EVENTS 1969

Alwalton, Peterborough

15—17 July 1969

East of England Show*

Ardingly

5— 7 June 1969

South of England Show*

Bakewell

7 August 1969

Bakewell Show*

Biggin Hill

15 — 18 May 1969

International Air Fair

Bingley

13 August 1969

Bingley Show

Blackpool

10—16 May 1969

1969 Dance Festival

Blackpool

29 — 31 July 1969

Royal Lancashire Show

Bramhall

16 August 1969

Bramhall Show

Brecon

2 August 1969

Brecknockshire Show*

Broadlands Park, Romsey

13 Sept. 1969

Romsey Show*

Bucklesham Rd., Ipswich

4— 5 June 1969

Suffolk Show*

Builth Wells

22—24 July 1969

Royal Welsh Show*

Burghley Park, Stamford

4— 6 Sept. 1969

Burghley Horse Trials*

Bury

14 June 1969

Bury & District Agricultural Show

Carlisle

24 July 1969

Cumberland County Show

Chester-le-Strect

1—2 August 1969

Durham County Show

Corbridge

26 May 1969

Tyneside Show*

Costessey

25—26 June

Royal Norfolk Show*

Detling, Nr Maidstone

9—10 July 1969

Kent County Show*

Dorfold Park, Nantwich

13 August 1969

Nantwich Show*

Driffield

23 July 1969

Driffield Agricultural Show

Exeter

15 — 17 May 1969

Devon County Show

Flint

4—9 August 1969

Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales*

Formby

12 July 1969

Formby Show

Friars Wash, Redbourn

31 May 1969

Hertfordshire Show*

Frome

17 Sept. 1969

Frome Show*

Garstang

9 August 1969

Garstang Show

Glendale

30 Sept. 1969

Glendale Agricultural Show

Grange-over-Sands

4 — 5 July 1969

Lakeland Rose Show

Great Harwood

26 May 1969

Great Harwood Show

Great Leighs, Chelmsford

13 — 14 June 1969

Essex Show*

Harrogate

8 — 10 July 1969

Great Yorkshire Show

Hartwell Park, Nr Aylesbury

4 Sept. 1969

Buckinghamshire Show*

Henwick Court, Nr Newbury

20 Sept. 1969

Newbury & District Show*

Home Park, Windsor

8—11 May 1969

Royal Windsor Horse Show*

Hooton Park, Nr Chester

4— 5 June 1969JJ

Cheshire Show*

Hulme Park, Alnwick

14 June 1969

Northumberland County Show*

Keighley

6 Sept. 1969

Keighley & District Agricultural Show

Kendal

11 Sept. 1969

Westmorland County Show

Kings Meadow, Reading

22 — 23 August 1969

Reading Horticultural Show*

Lancaster

20 August 1969

Lancaster Agricultural Show

Llangollen

8 — 13 July 1969

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod*

Llanwenarth, Abergavenny

9 August 1969

Abergavenny & Border Counties Show*

Malvern

10—12 June 1969

Three Counties Show

Monmouth "The Vauxhall"

28 August 1969

Monmouth Show*

Moor Park Club, Rickmansworth

12—16 August 1969

W.D. & H.O. Wills Open Golf Tournament

Nantyci Field, Carmarthen

7 — 8 August 1969

United Counties Show*

Netherton

14 June 1969

Littlewoods Annual Sports & Gala

New Park, Brockenhurst

30 July 1969

New Forest Show*

Northallerton

2 August 1969

Northallerton Show

Northampton

26 July 1969

Northamptonshire County Show

Olympia

29 August —13 Sept. 1969

Do-it- Yourself Exhibition

Olympia

8—12 Sept. 1969

Export Services Exhibition

Olympia

29—Sept. 8 Oct. 1969

Business Efficiency Exhibition

Olympia

21—23 Oct. 1969

Royal International Dairy Show*

Oswestry

31 July 1969

Oswestry Show*

Otley

24 May 1969

Otley Show*

Oxford Airport

16—17 May 1969

Oxfordshire Show*

Pannal Golf Club, Nr Harrogate

4 — 7 June 1969

Sumrie Golf Tournament*

Penrith

9 August 1969

Penrith Show

Rhyl

21 August 1969

Denbighshire & Flintshire Show*

Royal Birkdale Golf Club

15—20 Sept. 1969

Ryder Cup Golf Tournament*

Royal Lytham Golf Club

7 — 12 July 1969

Open Golf Championship

Shaftesbury

27 August 1969

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show*

Shepton Mallet

28—31 May 1969

Bath & West Show

Shepton Mallet

3 Sept. 1969

Mid-Somerset Show*

Shrewsbury

21 — 22 May 1969

Shropshire & West Midlands Show*

South Park, Darlington

16 August 1969

Darlington Show*

Southport

27— 29 August 1969

Southport Flower Show

Stafford

28 — 29 May 1969

Staffordshire Show*

Stanford Park, Rugby

25—26 July 1969

The Game Fair*

Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

26 July 1969

Tees-side Show*

Stoke Park, Guildford

26 May 1969

Surrey County Show*

Stoke Park, Guildford

6— 7 Sept. 1969

Guildford Town Show*

Stoke Poges Golf Club

22 — 24 May 1969

Agfa-Gevaert Golf Tournament*

Stoneleigh

1— 4 July 1969

Royal Show

Swallowfield Park, Nr Reading

27 Sept. 1969

Wokingham Show*

Tendring, Nr Manningtree

12 July 1969

Tendring Hundred Show*

Thame

18 Sept. 1969

Thame Show*

The Show Field, Stokesley

20 Sept. 1969

Stokesley Show*

Tichbourne Park, Nr Alresford

6 Sept. 1969

Alresford Show*

Wadebridge

3 — 4 June 1969

Royal Cornwall Show*

Wavertree

17 — 19 July 1969

Liverpool Show

Wentworth

9—11 Oct. 1969

Piccadilly Golf Tournament

Wimbledon

23 June — July 5 1969

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship

Winthorpe, Nr Newark

2 — 3 May 1969

Newark & Nottingham Show*

Withybush Airport, Haverfordwest

13 — 14 August 1969

Pembrokeshire Show*

Wolsingham

6 & 8 Sept. 1969

Wolsingham & Wear Valley Agricultural Show

Yeovil

11 Sept. 1969

Yeovil Agricultural Show

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Being “out and about” forms a major part of Martins Bank’s networking policy for more than forty years, and as Banks are systematically removed from small towns and villages, it will soon be easy to forget the huge role played in even our tiniest communities by local bank branches, and the presence of the staff we know by name going to extremes to be helpful at trade stands, and in caravans at everything from a local fete to a major sporting occasion. The most we can expect nowadays is the occasional visit from a “Bank on Wheels”, but nothing quite as exciting as an elaborate stand laid out like a stage set, or the romance of the Bank’s caravans spending six months of the year on the road…

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