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Never judge a book by its cover…

There are countless examples in our online archive of what we refer to as “front room branches” – that is to say that they look like they occupy the front room of someone’s house.  In the case of Martins Bank’s sub-Branch at Brotton however it could almost be a case of street corner, or cobbled, or alleyway banking – all we need is a few children kicking a ball about and a mother pushing a pram to make this the most unlikely setting for a bank!  According to Barclays’ records, this lovely setting continues to offer a banking service until the year 2000 – a very long run indeed for a branch that is first opened in October 1874 by the North Eastern Banking Company…

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Image © Barclays Ref: 30/445

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Index No and District:






11-59-50 Brotton

Sub to 11-59-50 Loftus

London House Brotton Saltburn by the Sea Yorkshire

340 North Eastern

Mon Tue Thu and Fri 1300-1430

No Saturday Service

Brotton 358

No Nightsafe

Mr W S Hall Manager (Loftus)

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22 October 1874

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

25 July 1942


15 December 1969

7 April 2000

opened by the North Eastern Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War 2


Barclays Bank Limited 20-51-98 Loftus


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