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Martins Bank has two branches in Hartlepool, one at WEST Hartlepool, the other at York Road.  From the end of the 1950s until around 1964/5 some of the Bank’s oldest branches are redeveloped.  Some are given an internal refit, others are pulled down and rebuilt.  In 1959 it is the turn of Hartlepool’s York Road branch to undergo a transformation.  Nowadays we might well yearn for the older look, but then, the shock of the new is all the rage – a sort of impatience for the arrival of the future…

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1959 Hartlepool York Road Exterior 14 Close Up BGA Ref 30-1203

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1203

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The change at York Road is going to be so radical, that Martins takes a large number of photographs of the old building from just about every angle.  It has been difficult for us to choose those that best represent the transformation, but you will certainly see the “shock of the new”:

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1959 Hartlepool York Road Exterior 2 Close Up BGA Ref 30-1203

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1959 Hartlepool York Road Exterior 8 BGA Ref 30-1203

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Whilst the customers stop and stare at the outside, the staff are probably very grateful to at last be working in the modern office surroundings created on the inside, whose “before and After” story is also told here in pictures:

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1203

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1922 Mr F M Pigg joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P55.jpg

1934 to 1936 Mr M W Jaques joined the bank here  MBM-Sp69P10.jpg

1934 to 1947 Mr E T Punshon Manager MBM-Sp58P50.jpg

1936 to 1937 Mr H Weaver joined the bank here MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1941 to 1943 Mr J F Knowles joined the bank here MBM-Au64P03.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr R W Rand MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

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Mr F M Pigg

Joined the Bank Here


Mr M W Jaques

Joined the Bank Here

1934 to 1936

Mr E T Punshon


1934 to 1947

Mr H Weaver

Joined the Bank Here

1936 to 1937

Mr J F Knowles

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1943

Mr R W Rand

On the Staff

1950 to 1951

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1952 to 1953 Mr I S Grant MBM-Sp68P03.jpg

1952 to 1960 Mr K Young Manager MBM-Au65P59.jpg

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Mr I S Grant

On the Staff

1952 to 1953

Mr K Young


1952 to 1960










Index Number and District:






11-79-90 Hartlepool York Road

Full Branch

99 York Road Hartlepool County Durham

373 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Hartlepool 2376 & 5797

Nightsafe Installed

Mr P S Ogden Manager



7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928



15 December 1969

20 October 1978


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Demolished and rebuilt


Barclays Bank Limited 20-37-44 Hartlepool York Road


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