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Martins Bank 1928+

Martins Bank opens a Branch at Watford Way Hendon in 1929, shortly after the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. When Martins and Barclays are merged, Hendon Branch is no longer needed and business is transferred on 12 December 1969 to Barclays’ own Branch at 129 Brent Street. What a shame it is to have lost such a lovely looking Branch building.  Hendon is a full Branch with no sub-Branches, and opens across the full six day banking week. For our Hendon Branch feature, we travel back to 1952, when Martins Bank Magazine pays the Staff a visit and writes the rather short article below.  Good mention is in fact made of Hendon’s place in the vast London District of Branches, and we do get to know something about the members of Staff who work there…

In Service: 27 May 1929 until 12 December 1969

1960 s London Hendon exterior CU BGA Ref 33-267

Image © Barclays Ref 0033-0267

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1952 02.jpgOn April 4th, we visited Hendon branch, which is situated on the Watford Way, near Hendon Central tube station. One does not normally think of the London branches as being outposts but, in contrast to Westminster, the staff have never seen any visitors from Head Office, if you except Mr. Denman, who is really the chief representative of Head Office in London. Nor, apart from the daily letter, do they receive postal communications from Head Office, except an occasional letter from Mr. Laidlaw, when something is wrong with the Clearing or with the Weekly Sheets! (That should mean no letters at all!) The London district is so vast, so very much larger than we provincials realise until we come to explore it, that we have to re-orientate our ideas concerning it. It is the very word “London” which misleads the Northerners who think of the Capital in terms of the City and the West End. The discovery that places like Hendon, although thought of as part of Greater London, are townships practically in their own right, and not suburbs in the provincial sense, involves considerable mental adjustment.

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1952 Hendon staff MBM-Su52P36.jpgWe experienced a similar feeling on meeting a “Londoner” living in Hampstead who confessed that she had never seen Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral or the Tower of London. She was 30 years old, too ! Our own staff are more widely-travelled than that and Mr. Pattenden, the Manager, who entered the service in 1928, includes in his experience ser­vice at Dartford (where he lives), Bexley Heath, Welling, Inspection Dept., Hanover Square and Lom­bard Street.  Hendon itself is largely residential and thec oncentrated shopping centre of Hendon Central soon fades into acres of houses, many of which sprang up when the tube rail­way was extended there about a quarter of a century ago.  Old Hendon has much exclusive property and one of the most remarkable houses is the former home of David Garrick, now the Hendon Hall Hotel, where we had lunch. Although extended and improved for its present purpose it was, obviously, a gracious and magnificent home when the great actor lived in it, and the gardens are still very beautiful. Mr. W. A. Phillips is Mr. Pattenden's right hand man, and then there is Mr. J. F. Anderson and Miss M. J. Mitchell. Mr. R. G. Newman, who was stationed there at the time of our visit, is a District Office trainee.

Hendon has definitely lost something, mind you,  a cake and coffee house will always beat a betting shop, sleazy theme pub, or empty premises hands down, but the original splendour of this dear little Branch is gone forever.  The only clue left to prove that this is indeed the same building, is the carved wood to the left of the bank and shop signs in the photographs below, and a glimpse of the three first-floor windows.  Wonder what happened to the Martins Coat of Arms?

1960 s London Hendon exterior CU BGA Ref 33-267

Image © Barclays Ref 0033-0267

Image © Google® Maps UK

1929 to 1935 Mr D C McClure Manager MBM-Sp56P51.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr W B Butterworth Manager MBM-Wi68P56.jpg

1947 to 1950 Mr M G Pinks MBM-Wi66P02.jpg

1952 Mr F H J Pattenden MBM-Su52P36.jpg

1952 Mr J F Anderson MBM-Su52P36.jpg






Mr D C McClure


1929 to 1935

Mr W D Butterworth


1938 to 1939

Mr M G Pinks

On the Staff

1947 to 1950

Miss M J Mitchell

District Office Trainee


Mr F H J Pattenden


1939(?) to 1957

Mr J F Anderson

On the Staff


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1952 Mr R G Newman MBM-Su52P36.jpg

1952 Mr W A Phillips MBM-Su52P36.jpg

1957 to 1968 Mr A Irwin MBM-Au68P08.jpg

1957 to  1962 Mr R G Thackeray MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1969 Mr M J Francis Manager MBM-Su69P17.jpg






Mr R G Newman

On the Staff


Mr W A Phillips

On the Staff


Mr A Irwin

On the Staff

1957 to 1968

Mr R G Thackeray


1957 to 1962

Mr M J Francis


1969 oneards






Index Number and District:






11-53-40 London Hendon

Full Branch

18 Watford Way Hendon London NW4

422 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 202 8707

Nightafe installed

Mr W Rogers Manager

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Hendon is included in Martins’ London Account Number Allocation, where Branches due for automation are given “significant  digits” to identify them at the London Computer Centre by account numbers issued. The Branch Customer Accounts will be identified by the significant digits 41.


London Harlesden

27 May 1929

12 December 1969

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business tranferred to Barclays Bank Hendon Brent St

London 65a Holloway Road