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Martins Bank 1928+

Tothill Street Branch opens in 1930, and in the tradition of Martins’ Southern Branches, proudly displays the London Grasshopper at right angles to the building, above the front door.  Like most of the London Branches, Tothill Street is a standalone, offering all the services of the bank including lending decisions throughout the six day banking week.  In 1966 Tothill Street will join nearly forty other London Branches in having its daily work processed by computer.  Martins’ Managers are known for their incredibly long service, and even in 1967, we still see Mr Ellis, the Manager, finishing an astonishing forty-four years with the Bank.  Nowadays, ten years would be seen as an achievement! Martins Bank Magazine takes up the story…

In Service: 22 December 1930 until 21 May 1971


Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2954


on February 28 Mr Ellis entertained past and present colleagues at Simpsons in the Strand to mark his retirement after nearly 44 years' service which began at Water Street in 1923. He came to London in 1931 and was with the Royal Navy from 1941 to 1946. Shortly after his return he was appointed Manager at Bexhill, in 1951 he became Manager at Swanley and in 1955 at Tothill Street.

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In deference to his wishes there was no formal 1955 to 1967 Mr M I Ellis Manager MBM-Su67P54.jpgpresentation but a cheque was handed to him by Miss Patricia Leach, which Mr Ellis said would be used to purchase an automatic wrist watch, while Mrs Ellis was presented with a bouquet by Mrs Margaret Thorne.

Mr Ellis was entertained by the General Management at Head Office and by the District General Management at Lombard Street shortly before his retirement.

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1930 Mr E A Sawyer Manager MBM-Au55P49.jpg

1937 to 1938 Mr F A Stafford Pro Manager MBM-Wi59P53.jpg

1946 to 1947 Mr D E Chalkley MBM-Au68P06.jpg

1948 to 1955 Mr C J Carpenter Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P55.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr J R Thorogood joined the bank here MBM-Au67P06.jpg

1954 to 1955 Mr N H Harvey joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P03.jpg






Mr E A Sawyer



Mr F A Stafford

Pro Manager

1937 to 1938

Mr D E Chalkley

On the Staff

1946 to 1947

Mr C J Carpenter

Pro Manager

1948 to 1955

Mr J R Thorogood

Joined the Bank Here

1950 to 1951

Mr N H Harvey

Joined the Bank Here

1954 to 1955

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1955 to 1967 Mr M I Ellis Manager MBM-Su67P54.jpg

1960 to 1961 Mr H Weaver MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1965 Mr DE Vaux pro Manager MBM-Au65P04.jpg

1967 Mr WJ Vaughan Manager MBM-Su67P04.jpg






Mr M I Ellis


1955 to 1967

Mr H Waver

On the Staff

1960 to 1961

Mr D E Vaux

Pro Manager


Mr W J Vaughan


1967 onwards






Index Number and District:






11-60-80 London Tothill Street

Full Branch

27/29 Tothill Street London SW1

425 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 930 3358/9

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W J Vaughan

London Tothill Street is included in Martins’ London Account Number Allocation, where Branches due for automation are given “significant  digits” to identify them by account numbers issued at the London Computer Centre. The Branch Customer Accounts will be identified by the significant digits 52.

London St James’s Street

22 December 1930

15 December 1969

21 May 1971

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-87-18 Tothill Street


London Tottenham Court Road