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Martins Bank 1928+

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Martins Bank’s Southall Branch opens in 1933, on a street corner at Broadway. This splendid image from August 1937 shows the Branch almost dwarfed by the sign for the auction and estate offices next door! 


Our research into Martins Bank’s many Branches often leads us to our friends at the British Newspaper Archive, where we find that many a local newspaper welcomes new branches of the bank either with a feature combining advertising with a large spread story, or simply just a short feature introducing the bank.Sep 1.jpg

In Service: 3 July 1933 until 1963 (moved to 27/9 South Road)

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

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Image © Trinity Mirror Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

Advertisement re-mastered 2018

This paragraph (above, left) is printed in the Uxbridge and West Drayton Gazette on 30 June 1933, just three days before the new Branch at 4 Broadway Southall opens.  An advertisment is also taken out by the Bank elsewhere in the paper, and we have re-mastered this advertisement, using the layout as agreed by the Bank.  Our main feature is the visit to Southall Branch made in 1950 by Martins Bank Magazine in which they seem to let their guard down slightly, over the criteria for a branch to be included between their hallowed pages.  Southall can’t boast the same “snob value” as a visit to say Berkeley Square, so is perhaps the Magazine drawn to the Manager’s famous etchings? Read on…


1950 04 MBM.jpgOur readers may sometimes wonder as to the nature of the considerations which govern the choice of a branch for inclusion in this feature which has aroused so much interest. In the case of our branch at Southall the primary object of our visit was to inspect some old books which the Manager, Mr. H. C. Mowbray, had told us about—books on the history of London which contained a lot of interesting information about Gresham and the Grasshopper from which we are preparing an historical article for the entertainment of our readers on some future occasion.

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Bob Mowbray is well-known in the London District where all his service has been per­formed. To our readers outside the London area he was first introduced through the medium of the charming and talented etchings which have been reproduced in the pages of this Magazine. He is, as the subjects of his etchings would suggest, very much attracted to the traditions and history of the England of our forefathers and is, in quite a small way, an eager collector of old books relating thereto. This streak in his nature is further apparent in his sporting tastes which embrace the not-so-usual hobby of skittles.  It is not surprising, therefore, to find that he has made his home, after various changes caused by bombing and the exigencies of war, in one of the loveliest parts of the Thames valley, at Cookham, near Maidenhead.   There he has settled down in a 120-years-old house, beautifully modernised, with a quarter of an acre of the kind of English garden the Americans rave about, and on his doorstep is the Thames, while within an evening's run in the car are Marlow, Taplow,  Henley,  Windsor,  Burnham Beeches,  Stoke Poges and many another beautiful and historic place reached by winding and lovely lanes such as are found in few places with such continuity as in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections – Geoff Taylor

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2692


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There,  after our visit to the branch,  we were privileged to spend a very happy evening and to meet his wife and family, motoring after dinner to Marlow to see Isaac Walton's famous tavern “The Compleat Angler”.  Mr. Mowbray is one of the few survivors of Cocks, Biddulph and Company, which he joined in 1917.  After the amalgamation with the Bank of Liverpool he served all over the London District, at Southampton, Holloway Road (where he was Clerk-in-Charge), Kingsway, Lombard Street, Tothill Street (where he again had signing authority), Richmond, District Office and Soho Square, going to Southall in 1944. He became Clerk-in-Charge there in 1945 and Manager last year. His second man, S. G. C. Hall, is an Air Force type who flew with Coastal Command and later with Transport Command, attaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Having recently married he is now grounded! R. W. G. Harvey is the junior.



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Station Approach









4 Broadway



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1933 to 1935 Mr W Kelly First Manager of this branch MBM-Su58P53.jpg

1937 to 1940 Mr D E Vaux joined the bank here MBM-Au65P04.jpg

1940 to 1941 Mr J F O Burgess pro Manager MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1950 Mr H C Bob Mowbray Manager MBM-Wi50P34.jpg

1947 to 1948 Mr E J Hatton MBM-Wi66P05.jpg






Mr W Kelly

First Manager of this

Branch 1933 to 1935

Mr D E Vaux

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1940

Mr C E Whyte


1938 to 1943

Mr J F O Burgess

Pro Manager

1940 to 1941

Mr H C ‘Bob’ Mowbray

Clerk in Charge 1945-49

Manager 1949

Mr E J Hatton

On the Staff

1947 to 1948

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1950 Mr S G C Hall Branch Second MBM-Wi50P34.jpg

1950 Mr R W G Harvey Junior MBM-Wi50P34.jpg

1952 to 1954 joined here then 1966 Mr AJW Wastell pro Manager MBM-Au66P06.jpg






Mr S G C Hall

Branch second


Mr R W G Harvey



Mr A J W Wastell

Joined here

1952 to 1954




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Index Number and District:






11-02-80 Southall

Full Branch

4 Broadway Southall Middlesex

432 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Southall 1769 and 3652

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H C Mowbray Manager

London New Eltham Station Parade

3 July 1933


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to 27/29 South Road

Southall 27/29 South Road