Martins Bank 1928+

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London is seen by Martins Bank as key battleground in which to fight for, and to win, the banking business of the great and the good.  Even though Head Office is in Liverpool, having a major London office at 68 Lombard Street means Martins has people on the ground in the capital, and branches start to spring up all over London from the late 1930s onwards.

The Bank takes out advertising to announce the opening of TWO new London branches within four days of each other, in February 1938. We are sorry that we have not been able to find a picture of the Bank’s branch at 79 Edgware Road, which survives until 1969 when Barclays relocates the business to its Paddington Branch. 


In Service: 21 February 1938 until 12 December 1969

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

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Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts 1938 © Barclays

Look out below for the bank statement of a sixties icon, the new Mayor of Paddington receiving a somewhat dubious salute, and firstly the retirement of Manager Mr Hughes, whose career really has been “a job for life” after forty-two years with the bank…

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1968 02 MBM.jpg1952 to 1968 Mr R G Hughes Pro Manager MBM-Sp68P47.jpgon the evening of November 27 Edgware Road branch was transformed for the entertainment of over forty colleagues of Mr Ronald Hughes, who retired as Pro Manager after 42 years' service, the last sixteen spent at that office, and all, apart from his years with H.M. Forces, in the London District.  Those present included Mr S. W. P. Barter, Mr E. Parkinson (Manager) and his wife, Mr F. T. Belcher and a large number of managers, present colleagues and retired staff from the London District. In present­ing Mr Hughes with a handsome record player and a commemorative book con­taining the signatures of his many friends, Mr Barter said that he was a man who all his life had been activated by a sincere desire to be of service whenever he could and who had gained the respect and friendship of countless people. Mrs Hughes was presented with a per­sonal gift by Mrs Southin and the rest of the evening was devoted to the enjoyment and nostalgia such an occasion evokes.

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All along the watchtower…

A major recording artist deserves a major overdraft, and at this point in history – 1968 – being a few hundred pounds in the red IS a major overdraft, but all part of the service provided by Martins Bank’s 79 Edgware Road Branch, to one Mr Jimi Hendrix…

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

Restored from original image 2019

Decades before Boris…

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The new Mayor of Paddington is Councillor Denis McNair, Manager of our Edgware Road branch. Mr. McNair entered the Bank in 1922 at Huddersfield and was moved to the London District in 1937. He served with the Royal Navy in Bombay during the last war and was secretary to the Flag Officer. On his return to the Bank, he went to Moorgate where he received his first signing authority and he was appointed Manager at Edgware Road in 1947. Mr. McNair's service to the Borough of Paddington has included a term as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is Vice-President of South Paddington Conservative Association and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to Paddington Borough Council in 1954 and has also been the Borough's representa­tive on the Metropolitan Water Board.

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1947 to 1952 Mr J S Davies MBM-Wi64P06

1947 to 1964 Mr D McNair Manager MBM-Sp68P51

1952 to 1952 Mr N Deane joined the bank here MBM-Au67P08

1952 to 1968 Mr R G Hughes Pro Manager MBM-Sp68P47

1953 to 1953 Mr D R Farrow joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P06

1955 to 1958 Mr J A Jaques MBM-Au65P03






Mr J S Davies

On the Staff

1947 to 1952

Mr D McNair


1947 to 1964

Mr N Deane

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1952

Mr R G Hughes

Pro Manager

1952 to 1968

Mr D Farrow

Joined the Bank Here

1953 to 1953

Mr J A Jaques

On the Staff

1955 to 1958

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1955 to 1959  Mr J L Hollands MBM-Au66P04

1958 to 1962 Mr S D N Belcher joined the bank here MBM-Au68P15

1959 to 1960 Mr F T Belcher MBM-Wi64P05

1964 Mr E Parkinson Manager MBM-Sp64P07

1968 Mr PA Raymond pro Manager MBM-Sp68P06

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Mr J L Hollands

On the Staff

1955 to 1959

Mr S D N Belcher

Joined the Bank Here

1958 to 1962

Mr F T Belcher

On the Staff

1959 to 1960

Mr E Parkinson


1964 onwards

Mr P A Raymond

Pro Manager




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Index Number and District:






11-61-30 London Edgware Road

Full Branch

79 Edgware Road London W2

441 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 723 8836/7

Nightsafe Installed

Mr E Parkinson Manager


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London Earls Court SW5

21 February 1938

12 December 1969

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business tranferred to Barclays Bank Paddington

London Elephant & Castle


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