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Martins Bank 1928+

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image066Martins Bank is well represented at Agricultural sites, with a large number of sub branches being situated at Cattle Markets in towns and cities up and down the land. In the north of England these are known as Auction Marts. MARTINS MOBILE BRANCHES tour the major agricultural shows, each year and there is a permanent agricultural branch at the famous GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOWGROUND.  At the end of 1960 comes the opening of a Sub-Branch at Kendal Auction Mart.

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This provides a new banking service to the farmers, dealers and customers on site. It was with great sadness that we learned of the closure of this branch, which took place on 24 February 2011.  The Kendal Auction Mart site had itself for some time been winding down ahead of a new multi-million pound re-development and re-location project – “J36” - at Crooklands.  In the Spring 1961 edition of Martins Bank Magazine a short feature heralds the arrival of Kendal Auction Mart Branch…

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1961 01 MBM.jpg28 November 1960 brought another banking milestone for Kendal with the opening (below right) of a new sub branch at Agriculture House, Appleby Road by Mr Harold Woolley C B E., National President of the National Farmers’ Union.   In the centre of the picture is Mr N N Jobling, the District General Manager and (third from the left) Mr C Clark, Manager of Kendal Branch.  In the picture on the left, Mr Woolley is seen signing the Visitors’ Book after being received by Mr Jobling and Mr Clark.

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By hook or by crook, Mr Woolley is first in the book!

The dignitaries gathered at Agriculture House

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It is not often that a Bank has a “best-seller” on its hands, but “FINANCE FOR FARMERS AND GROWERS”, issued free by Martins Bank’s INFORMATION DEPARTMENT is in its FIFTEENTH edition by May 1969, and forms the basis for Barclays’ advice packs to farmers after the merger and well into the 1980s.  It has proved to be enormously popular with farming customers down the years, with copies available not only in farming areas, but at every one of Martins’ Branches.

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We have images of the following staff who are at the OPENING of

Kendal Auction Mart Branch on 28 November 1960:

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1954 Mr N N Jobling District General Manager MBM-Au54P37

1968 Mr C Clark Manager MBM-Su68P41

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Mr N N Jobling

Liverpool District

General Manager

1959-60

Mr C Clark

Manager (Kendal)

1968

 

 

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DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

Auction Mart

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

Auction Mart

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MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

Auction Mart

 

 

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-05-50 Kendal Auction Mart                 

Sub to 11-05-50 Kendal

Agriculture House Appleby Road Kendal Westmorland

211 Northern

Mon 1000-1500 Tue to Fri 1000-1230

Saturday 0930-1130

Kendal 2112/4 & 2910/1

No Nightsafe

Mr C Clark Manager (Kendal)

 

28 November 1960

15 December 1969

24 February 2011

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-45-28 Kendal 9 Highgate

Closed

The Westmorland Football Association

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