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Bexley is one of the original fifteen “Grasshopper” Branches of Martin’s Private Bank that join with the Bank of Liverpool in 1918.  To illustrate this lovely old branch, we are once again privileged to have some wonderful and evocative photographs on this page, both from the Geoff Taylor Collection, and that of Jack Jaques who is Martins’ Manager at Bexley from 1965 and through the merger with Barclays. 

 

 

 

There are no visits to the Branch by Martins Bank Magazine, so our features further down this page concentrate on the retirements of two successive managers of Bexley, Mr Lawrence and Mr Kirk.  First, we must make a confession on behalf of Martins – this lovely old branch is not going to stay lovely and old for much longer!

 

The “alterations and improvements” hording shown here, tells us that the culprit seems to have been Martins, which makes what is to follow even more shocking… It takes a moment or two to realise that this is the SAME branch, but a side by side comparison does confirm our worst fears – (for proof look at the shop shown on the left, and the small blue doors to the right of the photographs). What was the Bank thinking?

 

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Image © 1969 Jack Jaques – by kind permission of Michael Jaques

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Just what was the Bank thinking?

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Image © 1970 Jack Jaques – by kind permission of Michael Jaques

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This new and radical design is very similar to that of Martins’ Branch at LEWISHAM, which opens at the same time, but this ISN’T Lewisham, it’s a part of Old Kent that surely does not deserve such space-age alteration at this time.

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Bexley is not the first example of a change for the worse – WELLING branch has a similar fate, see also HARTLEPOOL YORK ROAD. With that most useless of commodities – hindsight – we know that today everyone yearns for something that looks substantial and traditional – it’s not some kind of architectural snobbery – we know now that people’s quality of life is affected by the buildings they live in or use.   In the excitement of the late 1960s, the Summer of Love, “Round the Horne”, and Colour TV for the first time, the desire to remove tradition and what it stood for must have been very strong indeed!  In order to redress the balance, here is an image from Geoff Taylor’s collection, which shows Bexley in much happier times, April 1954…

 

Image (right) © Geoff Taylor Collection

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1957 02 MBM.jpgOn the last day of March Mr. S. E. Lawrence retired from the managership of Bexley branch, a position he had held for over 20 years. On March 28th nearly 50 of his friends and colleagues were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence at the King’s Head Hotel in Bexley. Mr. L. G. Tunnah, London District General Manager, and a number of managers of branches in the London District were among those present.

 

1936 to 1957 Mr S E Lawrence Manager Close Up MBM-Su57P47.jpgThe proceedings which preceded the presen­tation were introduced by Mr. T. J. W. Ivey, second-in-command at Bexley, who paid his own personal tribute to Mr. Lawrence. The presentation on behalf of the subscribers of a battery clock and a book token was made by Mr. R. G. Thorogood, Manager at Chislehurst. There was also a book of signatures. Mr. Tunnah then paid his own tribute on behalf of Mr. E. Norman-Butler and the General Management in London, and con­veyed their good wishes for a long and happy retirement.

 

Mr. Lawrence expressed his thanks and said how happy he had been in the service of the Bank, and a bouquet was presented to Mrs. Lawrence, whom we were all delighted to see, by Miss P. Tidy, Bexley branch. Mr. Lawrence entered the Bank in 1915 and after service in the First World War 1915 to 1919, was posted to Bromley in 1919, being transferred to Swanley in 1921. He was appointed Pro Manager at Swanley in 1932, and Pro Manager at Sittingbourne the same year. His appointment as Manager at Bexley came in 1936.

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1965 03 MBM.jpg1957 to 1965 Mr A L Kirk Manager MBM-Au65P58.jpgA newcomer to golf who would now have plenty of time to improve his handicap. So Mr H. Ryder (District General Manager) described Mr Kirk, retiring as Manager of Bexley branch at the end of May. Mr Ryder was making the presentation of a cheque and book of signatures at the Kings Head, Bexley, where Mr Kirk, with his wife, son and daughter, was entertaining 70 col­leagues including Mr S. W. P. Barter. After Mr Ryder had concluded with good wishes for the future Miss Stephen handed Mrs Kirk a bouquet.

 

Specifically avoiding reminiscences. Mr Kirk thanked everyone for the gift, adding that music as well as golf would have more of his attention in the future. Mr Kirk’s 44 years’ service was spent mostly in Kent branches, beginning at Bromley in 1921. His first appointment was as Pro Manager at Mottingham in 1939, followed by four years’ war service. After five years with the visiting inspectors he became Pro Manager at Holborn in 1953 and Manager at Bexley in 1957.

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1943 to 1945 Mr E D V Garrett joined the bank here MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

1945 to 1946  Mr D J Williams joined the bank here MBM-Au68P06.jpg

1947 to 1953 Mr J Pope Branch Second MBM-Wi64P52.jpg

1957 to 1959 Mr G C Denton MBM-Wi62P48.jpg

1957 to 1965 Mr A L Kirk Manager MBM-Au65P58.jpg

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Mr S E Lawrence Manager

 1936 to 1957

Mr E D V Garrett

Joined the Bank Here

1943 to 1945

Mr D J Williams

Joined the Bank Here

1945 to 1946

Mr J Pope

Branch Second

1947 to 1953

Mr G C Denton

On the Staff

1957 to 1959

Mr A L Kirk

Manager

1957 to 1965

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1965 Mr JA Jaques Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

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Mr J A Jaques

Manager

1965 Onwards

 

 

 

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

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Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-64-01 Bexley 

Full Branch

14 Bexley High Street Bexley Kent

416 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Crayford 25445 & 27448

Nightsafe installed

Mr J A Jaques Manager

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1 March 1887

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 2 September 2016

Martin’s Private Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-06-70 Bexley Kent

This Branch was closed permanently 12 Noon

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