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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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Prepare for a shock…


It doesn’t take long for the Bank of Liverpool and Martins to expand, and to consolidate in areas where it is already represented. A number of Kentish Branch are acquired through the merger of the two banks in 1918, but these are mostly close to London.  Martins will continue adding branches in the rest of Kent right up to the mid 1960s.  Welling is a full branch with no sub branches, and does make it through the 1969 merger with Barclays.  Before this can happen, the 1960s arrives with a vengeance, and this lovely building, full of charm and character is demolished and replaced with a new, altogether different offering…  The only clue to what has happened is the end of the building to the right, where in both images, you can just about see the same window and pattern of bricks that starts at the edge of the roof slope.  We are all for internal alterations and improvements, and further down the page you will see the differences on the INSIDE of these two buildings.  We do however feel that in today’s architectural climate, the original design would have stayed!   Our feature concerns Mr R J T Edwards, who is retiring after forty-six years with bank. It is not unusual to find such long service in  Martins Bank, but Mr Edwards commenced his career one year before the old Martin’s Private Bank amalgamated with the Bank of Liverpool, and he therefore worked for the Bank under THREE of its different trading entities between 1917 and 1963…

In Service: July 1922 until 12 March 1987

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1960 s Welling Exterior 3 BGA Ref 30-3107

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1960 s Welling Exterior 2 BGA Ref 30-3107



1963 01 MBM.jpg1938 to 1963 Mr R T J Edwards Manager MBM-Sp63P56.jpgAt the end of January Mr. R. T. J. Edwards, Manager of Welling branch for 25 years, retired after nearly 46 years' service. To mark the occasion he held a cocktail party at the King's Head Hotel, Bexley, and, despite bitter snowy weather, some sixty of his present and former colleagues were present to wish him well. Mr. F. C. Hardman, (London Assistant District Manager), brought good wishes from the General Management, and expressed their thanks for many years of loyal and efficient service. In a light-hearted speech he mentioned the cordial relations that had always existed between District Office and Mr. Edwards, and paid tribute to his success in building up the present business at the branch. Mr. D. J. Williams, (Pro Manager, Welling), then expressed the affection and respect of the staff, pointing out that several of the managers present had learned their banking from Mr. Edwards. On behalf of the sub­scribers he then made a presentation of a leather-bound book containing their good wishes and signatures, and also a cheque. A bouquet was presented to Mrs. Edwards, whom everyone was delighted to see, by Miss Barbara Warren.  Mr. Edwards made a suitable reply and thanked all his colleagues for their gifts, and those who had served under him for their help and support. A day or two before his retirement Mr. Edwards was entertained to lunch at 68, Lombard Street by the General Management and District General Manager. The last but one of the original Martin's men on the active staff, Mr. Edwards entered the Bank at Dartford in 1917 and after service at Bexley Heath was transferred to Welling branch soon after it opened in 1925. He served there as Clerk-in-Charge, and was appointed Manager in 1938. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are shortly moving to the Isle of Wight, where we hope they will settle happily in their new surroundings.

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Welling – old…

…and new:

1960 s Welling Exterior 3 BGA Ref 30-3107

1960 s Welling Exterior 2 BGA Ref 30-3107

Images © Barclays Ref 0030-3107

1960 s Welling Interior 4 BGA Ref 30-3107

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1960 s Welling Interior 5 BGA Ref 30-3107

1960 s Welling Interior 8 BGA Ref 30-3107

1921 to 1929 Mr T H Beecham MBM-Au47P20.jpg

1949 to 1950 Mr S E Palk MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

1954 to 1959 Mr J F O Burgess MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1959 to 1960 Mr NB Bill Pro Manager MBM-Su64P03.jpg

Mr T H Beecham

On the Staff

1925 to 1929

Mr R T J Edwards

On the Staff 1925 to 1938

Manager 1938 to 1963

Mr S E Palk

On the Staff

1949 to 1950

Mr D J Williams

Limited Authority

1951 to 1958

Mr J F O Burgess

On the Staff

1954 to 1959

Mr N B Bill

Pro Manager

1959 to 1960

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1960 to 1961 Mr D B Woolgar joined the bank here MBM-Au68P07.jpg

1969 Mr J B Astbury Manager MBM-Wi50P52.jpg

Mr D B Woolgar

Joined the Bank Here

1960 to 1961

Mr J B Astbury


1963 onwards




















Index Number and District:






11-14-90 Welling 

Full Branch

29 Welling High Street Welling Kent

428 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 303 4038 / 2150

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J B Astbury Manager



July 1922

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

27 March 1987

Opened by Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-92-29 Welling High Street