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Eltham is one of fifteen original branches of Martin�s Private Bank which amalgamates with the Bank of Liverpool in 1918.Consistent with the Bank�s Branches in this part of London and the London fringe areas of North West Kent, the Golden Grasshopper hangs proudly at right-angles to the building.

This constituent of the modern day Martins Bank dates, according to tradition, from the sixteenth century, through Sir Thomas Gresham trading at the site of the Grasshopper in Lombard Street London. Our retirement feature focuses on Mr Norman Gibbons, who has clocked up more than forty years� service�

In Service: Pre 1918 until 9 March 1990

1950 s London Eltham exterior BGA Ref 30-933

Branch Images � Barclays Ref 0030/0933

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1952 to 1966 Mr N E Gibbons Manager MBM-Wi66P59.jpg1966 04invitations to lunch at Head Office and with the London General Management at Lombard Street marked the retirement of Norman Gibbons at the end of October after 42 years' service, the last fourteen as Manager of Eltham branch. There followed early in November a gathering at the King's Head Hotel, Bexley, of some fifty past and present colleagues, including Mr H. Q. Atkinson who had been Manager of Sidcup in 1924 when Mr Gibbons began his career in the Bank. Following service in London District branches, Mr Gibbons served seven years with the Royal Navy during the war and is only this year severing his connection with the R.N.V.R., having recently spent two weeks in Gibraltar on a N.A.T.O. exercise.

1950 s London Eltham interior 2  BGA Ref 30-933

Branch Images � Barclays Ref 0030/0933

Mr H Taylor, presenting a carriage clock, a cheque and a bound volume of signatures to Mr Gibbons, paid tribute to a long and distinguished career which included service in the Liverpool District, at Penrith, and in Head Office Premises Department before his appointment as Clerk-in-Charge of the first mobile branch. He became Manager of Eltham branch in 1952. Miss S. Y. Gibson presented a bouquet to Mrs Gibbons. In his reply Mr Gibbons spoke of his enjoyment of his years with the Bank, particularly at Eltham�of which he is a native�and handed Mr Taylor a 'billet doux', found when browsing through an 18th century ledger, for retention in the Bank's archives.

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May 1919

Image � Martins Bank Archive Collections: Stephen Walker

Jun 1953

Image � Martins Bank Archive Collections

A tale of THREE banks called Martins and the loss of one apostrophe � as Eltham changes from Martin�s (Private) Bank to the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, and then to Martins Bank limited�

1911 to 1924 Mr B S Noakes joined the bank here MBM-Sp53P50.jpg

1915 to 1918 Mr L E Luchford joined the bank here MBM-Wi56P46.jpg

1932 to 1934 Mr H Monk Manager MBM-Au52P52.jpg

1935 to 1939 Mr S E Pearman Manager MBM-Wi62P51.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr RO Wells joined the bank here MBM-Sp64P06.jpg






Mr B S Noakes

Joined the Bank Here

1911 to 1924

Mr L E Luchford

Joined the Bank Here

1915 to 1918

Mr R A Machell

Joined the Bank Here


Mr H Monk


1932 to 1935

Mr S E Pearman


1935 to 1939

Mr R O Wells

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1939

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1939 to 1952 Mr R E Thorogood Manager MBM-Sp65P54.jpg

1952 to 1966 Mr N E Gibbons Manager MBM-Wi66P59.jpg

1966 to 1969 Mr M G Pinks Manager MBM-Wi66P02.jpg






Mr R E Thorogood


1939 to 1952

Mr R A Ball

On the Staff

1949 to 1951

Mr P J Dew

Joined the Bank Here

1951 to 1953

Mr N E Gibbons


1952 to 1966

Mr M G Pinks


1966 to 1969

Mr C C Willis

Pro Manager

1967 to 1969

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1969 Mr D A Wright Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P10.jpg






Mr D A Wright

Pro Manager


Mr N H Harvey


1969 onwards









Index Number and District:






11-71-30 London Eltham

Full Branch

80 Eltham High Street London SE9

406 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 850 9865/6

Nightsafe Installed

Mr N H Harvey Manager


London Ealing W5

Pre 1918

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

9 March 1990

Martin�s Private Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-29-60 Eltham 80 High Street


London Golders Green NW11