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Martins Bank 1928+

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image074Although martins Bank can trace its oldest route to the London of 1563, the Bank does not become complacent about its presence in the City and its suburbs.  From the 1930s onwards the London portfolio of branches increases steadily, with sometimes as many as three branches a year being opened in and around the Capital.  When Hampstead opens its doors at 124 Finchley Road, an apparent gap is plugged that gives continuity between Marylebone Road and Golders Green.  Martins Bank Magazine, on a visit to Hampstead for its Summer 1964 issue, explains more…


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1964 London Hampstead Exterior MBM-Su64P15.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1173

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1964 02There is no longer a gap between our branches at Golders Green and Marylebone Road, now that Hampstead branch has opened at 124 Finchley Road, N.W.3, and, when builders' lorries, bricks, sand and cement mixers have completed their work on adjoining property, we will have an imposing site in the columned arcade. Even now it is remarkable how a compara­tively narrow frontage has been made to look wider by the use of black granite and clear glass with stainless steel. Inside the branch, however, there is ample space and the predominant teak is handsomely offset by the white walls.

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Parallel beams inter­spersed with channels of light run the length of the ceiling and the grey mosaic floor reflects the concealed lighting at the counter. It is a cheerful, friendly place made friendlier by our Manager, Mr W. A. C. Halliwell, and his staff.Mr Halliwell, a Cambridge m.a., has the lively mind so essential for starting a new business in an area which, despite its Heath and its golf, has no real centre but a full share of money, enter­prise and shopping facilities.

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1964 London Hampstead Staff MBM-Su64P15




1964 London Hampstead Interior 20th Feb MBM-Su64p13

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Hampstead is no place for a country gentleman and Mr Halliwell’s experience which, since completion of the graduate training course, has covered signing authority at Waterloo Place and assistant managership at Ludgate Circus should be of considerable value. Mr A. W. Rose, whose banking life since entering the service at Dartford in 1952 has been gained entirely in the London District, came to the second position at Hampstead from Kingsway branch and is already well known to colleagues as the force behind the Bank's athletics. Less well-known is his wide interest in people and places abroad, stemming perhaps from the fact that he was born in Egypt. Of the two younger members of the staff, Miss M. Waters was unfortunately away from the branch on the day we called. She began her banking life in the North Eastern District in 1959 coming to London District in 1962, while Mr R. H. Barton was previously at Holloway Road branch where he entered the service in 1960.

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Image © Barclays Ref 30-1173

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1964 Mr WAC Halliwell Manager MBM-Su64P08.jpg

1964 Miss M Waters MBM-Su64P15.jpg

1964 Mr R H Barton MBM-Su64P15.jpg

1964 to 1967 Mr AW Rose MBM-Su67P03.jpg

1966 to 1969 Mr N B Bill Manager MBM-Sp66P05.jpg

1969 Mr A T Fosten Manager MBM-Su69P14.jpg

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Mr W A C Halliwell


1964 to 1966

Miss M Waters

On the Staff


Mr R H Barton

On the Staff


Mr A W Rose

on the Staff

1964 to 1967

Mr N B Bill


1966 to 1969

Mr A T Fosten


1969 onwards

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Index Number and District:






11-29-40 London Hampstead

Full Branch

124 Finchley Road London NW3

485 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 794 4155 / 3495

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A T Fosten Manager

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Automated Branch

Hampstead is included in Martins’ London Account Number Allocation, where Branches due for automation are given “significant  digits” to identify them by account numbers issued at the London Computer Centre. The Branch Customer Accounts will be identified by the significant digits 52.

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15 December 1969

9 July 1976


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-36-03 Hampstead 124 Finchley Road


Various Businesses are registered at this address