The Penarth branch of the NatWest Bank iwill now remain closed for 16 weeks

Like most banks the NatWest branch in Plymouth Road, Penarth will be closed today May 1st  – but unlike most other banks it won’t be open tomorrow – or for another 16 weeks.

Although the branch has been swathed in scaffolding for months, it’s now become necessary to  close completely whilst major structural repairs are carried out.

For those who can’t quite remember what the NatWest bank used to look like before the scaffolding went up- more than  a year ago –  here it is

Bank customers are being referred to the nearest alternative  NatWest branch – which is in in Dinas Powys. Here, opening hours have been extended to cope with the extra business from Penarth and the Dinas Branch will be open from  09.30 to 16.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10:00 to 16.30pm on Wednesdays.

The classic pediment above the main entrance of the NatWest Bank in Penarth bears the date 1833 – making it one of the oldest buildings in Penarth. The stonework will have to be partially replaced.

The prolonged “bank holiday” at NatWest Penarth however doesn’t mean there’s a holiday for the staff. NatWest  staff normally based at Penarth will be working at the Dinas Powys Branch from tomorrow until the Penarth Branch re-opens .

The NatWest branch in Penarth is one of the oldest buildings in Penarth – dating back to 1833 and may have links to the Randall family whose farm originally occupied the site. It’s been a bank since 1883.

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