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A’s and B’s in      


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It is strange how some of Martins Bank’s sub-Branches have manged to outlive their parent Branch by some considerable years.  Alnmouth is a case in point, having been inherited along with its main Branch, Alnwick, in the amalgamation with the North Eastern Banking Company in 1914. 

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Alnwick itself is closed by Barclays in 1978, but Alnmouth continues to provide a banking service for another fifteen years. This tiny Sub-Branch is not mentioned in Martins Bank Magazine’s 1965 Article ‘As and Bs in Northumberland’ so we have no narrative to describe life at the branch.  However, this wonderfully evocative image from Barclays does, we think,  show Alnmouth in its prime.

In Service: 13 July 1905 until 29 January 1993

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1959 Alnmouth Exterior BGA Ref 3-4099

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/4099

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Although the opening hours are short, this office operates in the mid-morning of each weekday which would suggest a fairly constant flow of business from local people and traders paying in their takings…

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Index No and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-15-00 Alnmouth

Sub to 11-15-00 Alnwick

Front Street Alnmouth Alnwick Northumberland

301 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 9.45am to 11.15am

No Saturday Service

Alnmouth 472

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr J W Garbutt T.D. Manager (Alnwick)

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Alderley Edge

13 July 1905

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

29 January 1993

The North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-01-87 Alnwick 26 Bondgate Within



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