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Martins Bank 1928+

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This office, situated in the appropriately named Bank Street, is Martins Bank’s fourth and final Branch in the City of Sheffield. Opened in 1966 in this rather unmemorable building, Bank Street joins West Street, with its roots in the Halifax Equitable Bank, Sheffield University Branch – opened in 1960, and Sheffield Moor Branch, which in 1961 is opened as part of the regeneration of Eyre Street following the bomb damage caused to the area during the Second World War. 

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Despite being “tucked away in a side street” as Martins Bank Magazine puts it in the following article, the Branch at Bank Street survives the merger with Barclays, and remains open until 1985…

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1966 03 MBM.jpgsheffield, that thriving industrial and university city where we have been established for more than 60 years, now has four Martins branches, but the most recent one to open is probably the hardest to find.  Bank Street is a side street which to the casual observer holds nothing of interest, until he has driven its full length and at last found a parking place. Then on the long walk back he realises he is in the commercial centre with solicitors', accountants' and estate agents' offices unobtrusively tucked away in elderly houses.

 

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Mr John Firth, the manager of the new branch, had wisely advised us to look for the ABC cinema which one cannot miss when driving through the rebuilt shopping centre, and sure enough just around the corner was the familiar Bank name on the modern, glass-fronted premises.   Just as every branch has its own 'atmosphere', so each new branch has its own personality for the design of a modern branch demands much more than the fitting of desks, a counter and a manager's room into x square feet. Height and depth have to be considered along with the siting of staff and storage rooms, safes and strong­room. Even then the materials employed can easily kill the general effect.  At Bank Street the lines are clean, the effect is bright, the design modern and the materials of the very best. Natural wood, and neutral coloured walls throw up the contrasting counter front and bold patterned wallpaper at the rear of the banking hall. Everywhere one feels that things are just right.

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Miss E J Fergus

On the Staff

1966

Mr J F Firth

Manager

1966

Miss J M Jones

Joined the Bank Here

1966

Mr S J Pegg

On the Staff

1966

 

 

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11-72-70 Sheffield Bank Street

Full Branch

9 Bank Street Sheffield S1 2DR

638 Leeds

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Sheffield 29378

Nightsafe Installed

J F Firth Manager

1966

15 December 1969

17 May 1985

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-76-84 Sheffield Bank Street

Closed

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