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Martins Bank 1928+

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Leeds has a combined Trustee and Investment Department based at Martins Bank’s District Office 28/30 Park Row. We have very few details about this department, and only a few extremely short pieces about some of the staff published in Martins Bank Magazine.

Using information from the Martins Staff Database, we were able to find that this office was opened in September 1936 by Mr H Elphee who remained there until moving to Liverpool Trustee Dept in 1949.

In Service: September 1936 until 21 November 1969

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

If you worked for Martins Bank Trust Company Limited at their Leeds Office, we would love to hear from you, and share your memories, anecdotes and photos of yourself or your colleagures from your time there, with our online visitors.  please contact Martins Bank Archive at the usual address –

If at first you don’t succeed…


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(try) Rugby Captain…

On 29 October, Brian Webster (Leeds Trustee and investment) captained the Bank’s Leeds and Craven Districts teams which played against Trinty and All Saints College Leeds.


(try) Best of Both worlds…

Brian Webster (Leeds Trustee and investment) captained Martins Leeds and Craven Districts XV in what may have been their last game – a match against Barclays. Martins lost by two tries to two goals. Brian was later invited to play for Barclays’ Leeds District team in their match against Darlington. The Leeds side won 16-2.


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(try again!) Winning Captain…

Mr B R Webster (Leeds Trustee and investment) who has organised the Bank’s Leeds and Craven Districts rugby team since its inception in 1966, captained the side that beat the Bank’s Manchester Districts team 16-3 on 10 April and scored the final try.

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(try) Local Government Candidate…

Miss C A Mathers (Leeds Trustee and Investment) stood unsuccessfully for the Castleton Ward in the Leeds Municipal Elections on 9 May. Of the three Conservative candidates standing for the ward, she did, however, gain the highest number of votes.

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(try again!)… on the Council

Miss Ann Mathers (Leeds Trustee and Investment) was the successful Conservative Party candidate for the Armley Ward, Leeds, in the recent local elections.






Mr H Elphee

Opened this Office

September 1936 to 1949

Mr H S Wilkinson

On the staff

1959 to 1963

Mr L Marshall

Pro Manager


Mr J H Embray

Trust Controller


Mr M C Brown

Pro Manager




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Telephone Number:


Martins Bank Trust Company Limited

Leeds Trustee and Investment Department

28/30 Park Row Leeds 1 Yorkshire

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

No Saturday opening

01 626 6568

Mr E L Empsall


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Leeds District Office

 September 1936

12 December 1969

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Merged with Barclays own Trustee Departments

   as part of Barclays Bank Trust Company Limited

Leeds Chapel Allerton