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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens a branch at Chester Road, Sunderland in 1923, and Barclays kept it open until June 2020.  Chester Road is a full branch of Martins right up to the 1969 merger, and is one of ten branches and sub branches in the area at that time. 

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We have two short features from Martins Bank Magazine, the first concerns a rare occurrence on a day when things “add up”, the second says goodbye to Mr Walker who in 1962 has been Manager at Chester road for ten years…

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In Service: 11 August 1923 until 19 June 2020


Image © Barclays Ref 0030-2836

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1959 Branch Payments Voucher adds up to 456.7.8 MBM-Sp59P21.jpgIt might only happen once in a lifetime, but to lowly clerks adding up piles and piles of vouchers, the result can sometimes seem almost exciting – a seemingly random combination of summary totals are added together and the final result looks like you just made it up for fun! That is pretty much what happened with this Branch Payment summary for Chester Road Branch from 1958.

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1962 02 MBM.jpgAt the express wish of Mr. Walker no presentation was made to him on the occasion of his retirement at the end of March after 46 years' service, but he was entertained to lunch by his District General Manager, who called at Chester Road branch to express his personal good wishes and those of the Bank for a very happy retirement. 

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Mr. Walker entered the Bank in 1916 and during the course of his career he served at Seaham Harbour, Millfield, Stockton, Monkwearmouth and on the District General Manager's staff at Newcastle upon Tyne before his first appointment as Acting Manager at Seaham Harbour from 1942-46. He was appointed Manager at Willington in 1949 and at Chester Road, Sunderland, in 1952. During the days preceding his retirement several customers called at the branch to express their gratitude to Mr. Walker for his help and guidance over the past ten years, and immediately prior to leaving the office, each member of the staff wished him a long and happy retirement.

30 Jan 1929 - Generic Advertisement with Sunderland Branches named

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections - remastered June 2018

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1923 to 1928 Mr S Harvey Manager MBM-Sp48P09.jpg

1928 to 1932 Mr J W Chapman Manager MBM-Sp54P52.jpg

1932 to 1934 Mr J A Naisbitt Manager MBM-Au46P21.jpg

1934 to 1945 Mr S W Fawcett Manager CU MBM-Wi57P46.jpg

1939 to 1941 Mr F Bates MBM-Au65P04.jpg

1944 to 1945 Mr R Hunter MBM-Su64P04.jpg






Mr Septimus Harvey


1923 to 1928

Mr J W Chapman


1928 to 1932

Mr J A Naisbitt


1932 to 1934

Mr F W Fawcett


1934 to 1945

Mr F Bates

On the Staff

1939 to 1941

Mr R Hunter

On the Staff

1934 to 1945

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1945 to 1947 Mr W J Richardson Manager MBM-Su64P54.jpg

1952 to 1962 Mr L Walker Manager MBM-Su62P54.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr A Forsyth Clerk in charge MBM-Sp65P03.jpg

1965 to Mr A M Parr Manager MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1967 Mr RW Rand Manager MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

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Mr W J Richardson


1945 to 1947

Mr L Walker


1952 to 1962

Mr A Forsyth

Clerk in Charge

1962 to 1965

Mr A M Parr


1965 to 1967

Mr R W Rand


1967 onwards




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Index Number and District:






11-74-22 Sunderland Chester Road

Full Branch

135 Chester Road Sunderland County Durham

386 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Sunderland 4905

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R W Rand Manager


Sunderland 56 Fawcett Street

Temporary Branch

11 August 1923

3 January 1928

15 Decemeber 1969

19 June 2020

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-83-68 Sunderland Chester Road

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

Sunderland Fulwell

52 Sea Road