Martins Bank�s Richmond branch
is pictured here in 1940 � a grand and imposing enough building from the
outside, the shape of it however requires something fairly imaginative on the
INSIDE � including (really) strategically placed curtains. Sadly, this lovely
Branch is not long in the hands of Barclays before it is closed. Friend of
the Archive, Clinton Anderson, is sent to Richmond in 1967 and appointed
Clerk in Charge of the new sub-Branch at KEW BRIDGE HOUSE.� Here he tells us a little about Richmond
Branch and some of the staff who worked there�
�I was at Richmond from immediately after Christmas 1967
until January 1971. During that time the manager was J. G. (Graham) Potter who
was well known locally and was a J.P. He didn't live locally but at Norbury
near Croydon. During my time the first chief clerk (I think he may have been
titled Pro-manager) was Peter Thorogood and he was followed by Don Layzell.
Overall, including the sub-branch, there were about 12 staff.�
The branch was at 12 George Street and had a single imposing frontage.
After it was closed in 1971/2 the building was taken over by Marks and
Spencer next door. It must have had a preservation order on it so if you look
at Google Maps with Street View� you can see the old frontage quite clearly
in the middle of the Marks and Spencer� fa�ade�.
In Service: 13 October 1938 until 21 May 1971
Image � Barclays Ref 0030-2433
Images � Barclays Ref