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1962Branches come in all shapes and sizes – from the church like stone edifices of the Victorian age to the latest 1960s outlets boasting all manner of expensive construction and furnishing materials.  Brierley Hill does not really fit the bill, and internally it is really quite plain, but of course no one branch is ever quite like another. When these images of the Branch arrived from Barclays, we were puzzled by how “shop-like” Brierley Hill seems to be. We were therefore delighted to receive the following memories from friend of the Archive Antony Watt, who confirmed our suspicions…

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 30/388

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I’ll have a pound of sausages, and a joint of beef please…

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“Brierley Hill Branch, a sub branch of Dudley, was opened in a hurry when Marsh and Baxter were taken over by FMC (a customer of Martins).  They had their bacon factory and head office in High Street Brierley Hill and the only premises available to Martins were in a closed butchers shop on the opposite side of the Street.  It was all done in a hurry and the first 2 book safes went straight through the floor into a stream running through the basement!  This was all tiled and was where the meat was washed having been slaughtered in the back of the shop.  Funny thing was, it still looked like a butchers shop front and people kept coming in asking for joints of meat!”

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Brierley Hill originally part of Martins Bank’s second southern expansion, is found surplus to requirements when Barclays takes over.The Business is transferred to Barclays’ own Branch at 110 High Street.  Despite being a self accounting sub branch to Dudley, (which usually implies a reasonably high volume of work) Brierley Hill sadly joins the select group of 45 Branches that are closed on 12 December 1969, just three days before the merger…

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Mr A Warren

Clerk in Charge






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Index Number and District:






11-12-20 Brierley Hill

Self accounting sub to 11-42-30 Dudley

54 High Street Brierley Hill Staffordshire

562 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Brierley Hill 78348

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A Warren Clerk in Charge

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12 December 1969


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business transferred to Barclays 110 High Street

Estate Agency