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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens up shop in the beautiful North-East coastal village of Bamburgh in July 1924. Martins Bank has branches in all manner of remote and romantic places, and Bamburgh certainly ticks those boxes, having its own Castle, being the seat of the Kings of Northumbria, and also Grace Darling, who famously rescued shipwrecked sailors at nearby SEA  HOUSES, is buried here. 

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Although nicely appointed in a stone front building, Martins Bank’s Bamburgh sub-Branch is nowhere near as romantic as a castle, and whilst they always go to extremes to helpful we don’t think any of the staff ever rescued a stranded sailor. It has however been tastefully kitted out for the swinging 60s, and if we are not mistaken, that looks like one of those new fangled ITV aerials on the roof – just the thing to bring in all those wonderful new shows from Tyne Tees Television, on Channel 9 (“Diddalim pompom”) …


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Image © Barclays Ref: 33/34


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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-59-71 Bamburgh

Sub to 11-59-71 Sea Houses

9 Lucker Road Bamburgh Northumberland

354 North Eastern

Tue and Fri 1115-1315

No Saturday Service

Bamburgh 240

No Nightsafe

Mr E D Teasdale Manager

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8 July 1924

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

16 January 1976


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-76-25 Sea Houses


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