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The North Eastern Banking Company opens a branch at Birtley in 1904, ten years before amalgamating with the Bank of Liverpool.  In Martins’ time, Birtley is a Sub Branch to Low Fell, but when Martins and Barclays merge in 1969, Birtley is promoted to full branch status at least until Barclays’ 1980s reorganisation of its branch structure.  The parent Branch at Low Fell is open for a total of one hundred and sixteen years, finally closing its doors to customers of Barclays in October 2015. Whilst there is still a branch at Birtley today, it is in an altogether different and much less attractive building at No 58 Durham Road, having been relocated in 1973.

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If we journey back to the 1960s, we can see (below) the modernisations that have taken place at Birtley, which are typical of Martins Bank’s new approach – brighter lighter offices, out with old fashioned oppressive dark wood panelling, and in with the latest designs, from builing materials to fabrics.  It is this attention to detail that becomes a great expense for the Bank, and sadly contributes to the need for it to find a buyer…

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/0263

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-69-50 Birtley

Sub to 11-69-50 LOW FELL

48 Durham Road Birtley County Durham

341 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Birtley 2151

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R Snowden Manager (Low Fell)

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1904

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

1972

1973

Currently

Opened by the  North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-09-40 Birtley

Closed and moved temporarily to 48 Harraton Terrace

Closed and moved permanently to 58 Durham Road

Fashion and Bridalwear Design Shop

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