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Shock of the new…

Within the space of five months, Martins Bank opens TWO new branches in Coventry: One at Warwick Road and the other at Cheylesmore on the Daventry Road.

Warwick Road starts life immediately as the main branch in the city, the former holder of that title – High Street – being downgraded to sub-Branch status. 

Warwick Road epitomises 1960s architecture, and is in complete contrast to the original branch in the older part of the City.  In spite of the radical exterior views, the interior of the branch lives up to Martins’ tradition of a bright and welcoming banking hall. 

In Service: Monday 21 March 1966 until Friday 3 February 1989  

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/0738

It is also good to see that bandit screens are not yet needed, as the arrival of these will do much to remove the personal touch of branch banking.   Martins’ expansion into the Midlands, which began as early as 1935 with Birmingham City Office shows no sign of stopping in 1966.  News of the merger with Barclays is still just around the corner…

Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/0738

Advertisements like this were taken out in the local newspapers on Monday 21 Mar 1966 – the day the branch was opened – to give maximum coverage of the event. At this time there was no commercial radio, and Banks were not yet allowed to advertise on television!


Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

Advertisement re-mastered 2018

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Mr W Alderton

Assistant Manager

1966 to 1969

Mr P R Thompson

Assistant Manager

1969 onwards





For a full list of Coventry Area Banks

 please visit COVENTRY 2 HIGH STREET





Index Number and District:






11-14-30 Coventry Warwick Road

Main Branch from 1966

PO Box 74 23 Warwick Road Coventry CV1 2EQ Warwickshire

593 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Coventry 23151/2

Nightsafe Installed

Mr K S Peal Manager



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Coventry Cheylesmore

 21 March 1966

15 December 1969

3 February 1989

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-23-61 Coventry Warwick Road


Dalston (Carlisle)


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