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1937 COA.jpgMartins Bank’s South Western District will not be created until around 1960, but well before that, the Bank has established a number of key branches, and scattered them throughout the South West of England.  Bath opens in 1937 and is placed to begin with into Midland District.

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1937 Bath opens 13-NOV Advertisment BWC-BNA.jpg

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited.

Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

Image reproduced with kind permission of

The British Newspaper Archive

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The arrival of Martins Bank’s Branch in the City of Bath is heralded by this newspaper advertisement, in the Bath Weekly Chronicle 13 November 1937.


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1950 ish Bath Exterior CU BGA Ref 30-124

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 30/124

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1946 Bath Exterior MBM-Wi46P17.jpgIn the following feature entitled “Outposts”,  printed in its Autumn 1949 number, Martins Bank Magazine boldly goes to this part of the country to seek out the “pioneers” amongst the Bank’s Staff who have establish Branches of Martins Bank in places such as Bristol, Taunton, Torquay, Exeter, Plymouth and, of course, Bath. With a Head Office in Liverpool, Branches in the far South West can indeed be thought of as outposts…

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1949 03 MBM.jpgWe went by road to Bath, a pleasant run through beautiful country, and made our way to Milsom Street via Comfortable Place and Quiet Street. Although the latter name is not quite applicable, we are sure our friends at Bath will not misunderstand us when we say that the former is certainly apt, for Bath is a beautiful place in which to have to work, and the photograph does not belie the impression we received that Mr. Haighton heads a very happy family, and a very good team, too. Mr. Haighton himself is a bit of a cosmopolitan.  He entered the bank in the Craven District in 1924 and has seen service in both the Leeds and the London Districts before going to the Midland District as Manager of Bath in 1946. He is one of the chosen few to have attended the Staff Ad­ministrative College at Henley and has entered into the life of Bath with great zest. Outside bank­ing and domestic in­terests his first love is the Territorials. After serv­ing throughout the last war he is now Commanding Officer of the 255 Medium Regiment R A (W.S.Y.), T.A. J. H. Owen is his second man.  He started his career in the London District in 1930 and after service at various branches there went to Bath in 1940.

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1949 Bath Staff MBM-Au49P27.jpgR. C. Wilkins is a North-Easterner who started at Newcastle in 1931, going south in 1937. whence he returned in 1945 after service throughout the war. The remainder of the staff are “locals”.   A. J. A. James entered the service at Clifton in 1941 and after war service, followed by a spell on Head Office Relief Staff, Went to Bath in 1948.  B. H. Crossey started at Bath in 1947. Miss Ryall has been at Bath since 1943; Miss Silcox since 1946 and Miss Curtis since 1947.  We are sorry to say that Miss Silcox has now left us; but her place has been taken by Miss P. M. Turner.

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Sadly for us, Martins Bank Magazine does not at this early stage in its existence, publish the names of the staff who feature in group photos, save for the occasional mention of which one of them is Manager!

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1937 to 1947 Mr W G Dash Branch Second MBM-Sp65P58.jpg

1937 to 1968 Mr R C Wilkins MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1940 to 1965 Mr JH Owen Branch Second later pro and asst mgr MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

1946 Mr T Haighton Manager MBM-Au46P17.jpg

1947 to 1950 and 1952 to 1957 Mr B H Crossey MBM-Su64P03.jpg

1948 to 1959 Mr A J A James Pro Manager from  1955 MBM-Su64P05.jpg

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Mr W G Dash

Branch Second

1937 to 1947

Mr R C Wilkins

On the Staff

1937 to 1968

Mr J H Owen

Branch 2nd / Pro then Asst Manager 1940 to 1967

Mr T Haighton


1946 to 1952

Mr B H Crossey

On Staff 1947 to 1950

and 1952 to 1957

Mr A J A James

Pro Manager 1948- 1959

Manager 1968 onwards

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1949 to 1951 Mr F J Lyons joined the bank here MBM-Au65P05.jpg

1952 to 1956 Mr G E Clarkson Manager MBM-Su56P08.jpg

1955 to 1957 Mr C J Wall joined the bank here MBM-Wi66P05.jpg

1956 to 1961 Mr I G Clark Manager MBM-Wi63P07.jpg

1959 to 1961 Mr E Russell MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1959 to 1962 Mr D B Lucas Pro Manager MBM-Au64P03.jpg

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Mr F J Lyons

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1951

Mr G E Clarkson


1952 to 1956

Mr C J Wall

Joined the Bank Here

1955 to 1957

Mr I G Clark


1956 to 1961

Mr E Russell

On the Staff

1959 to 1961

Mr D B Lucas

Pro Manager

1959 to 1962

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1961 to 1968 Mr C Askew Manager MBM-Wi68P07.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr A D Barlow Limited Authority MBM-Wi65P04.jpg

1964 to 1965 Miss B J Hollingworth joined the bank here MBM-Su65P12.jpg

1964 to 1965 Mr P A Turtle joined the bank here MBM-Su65P12.jpg

1965 Mr CH Bridges Assistant Manager MBM-Sp65P05.jpg

1965 to 1968 S J Beese Limited Authority MBM-Sp68P06.jpg

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Mr C Askew


1961 to 1968

Mr A D Barlow

Limited Authority

1962 to 1965

Miss B J Hollingworth

Joined the Bank Here

1964 to 1965

Mr P A Turtle

Joined the Bank Here

1964 to 1965

Mr C H Bridges

Assistant Manager


Mr S J Beese

Limited Authority

1965 to 1968

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2 Branches

1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1


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10 Branches


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3 Branches


8 Branches

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2 Branches

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Index No and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-46-00 Bath

Full Branch

42 Milsom Street Bath Somerset

194 South Western

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bath 61514/5

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A J A James Manager

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11-45-20 CALNE

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8 November 1937

15 December 1969

13 May 1977


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-05-07 Bath 42 Milsom Street