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Martins Bank 1928+

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This image of Halton House, 20/23 Holborn was taken in 2016 by Dave Baldwin, Martins Staff member and friend of the Archive, who has taken his trusty camera to many parts of the country for us to obtain contemporary photographs of former Martins Bank Building. Holborn is one of a number of key London branches for which we are unable to trace any period photographs.   Holborn is opened in 1946 at a time when Martins is hungry for new sources of good credit balances from high new worth customers.


In Service: 19 July 1946 until 18 September 1970

Image © 2016 Martins Bank Archive Collection – Dave Baldwin

Unusually for a large branch, no nightsafe faculties are listed in Martins Branches Book, but Holborn is otherwise a full branch, operating six days a week, and in the mid-sixties it is computerised along with around forty other branches in and around London.  If you have any memories and/or images of our Holborn Branch, or indeed any of our branches, please do get in touch with us at the usual address: [email protected].  Not all retirements from the Bank can be marked with a joyous occasion of celebration, and in 1960 when Mr E Livesey retires, his final year as Manager of Holborn Branch has been overshadowed by illness. The usual cocktail party is out of the question, but his staff and friends do find a way to help mark their friendship and respect for Mr livesey, as Martins Bank Magazine’s Summer 1960 issue explains…

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At the end of March Mr. Livsey retired after 38 years' service which commenced at Birkenhead in 1922 after graduating at Liverpool University with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce. He spent the next few years at various local branches—Water Street, East, Woolton, Linacre, Heywoods, Formby and Southport. In 1937 he was appointed Manager of the new branch at Bath, and here it was that he made his most outstanding contribution to the progress of the Bank, Here it was that he was happiest, as is proved by the decision he and his wife have made to retire to the neighbourhood. After his success at Bath came his important promotion to be Manager of Birmingham City Office in 1946, and then, in 1952, he went to the London District as Manager of Holborn branch. His last year in the Bank was clouded by a severe illness and in these circumstances the occasion of his retirement was kept private and without formality. His friends up and down the service subscribed towards a gift which took the form of a silver plated tray, suitably inscribed, and this was presented at the branch. Mr. Livsey gave a small party to celebrate his birthday and this was attended by members of the staff of the branch and a few former members.

1952 Mr W C Pitts MBM-Su63P53.jpg

1953 to 1957 Mr A L Kirk Pro Manager MBM-Au65P58.jpg

1957 to 1959 Mr H K Williams Pro Manager MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1959 to 1962 MR A W Wescombe Pro Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1960 to 1965 Mr F R Ravenshear Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr G L Taylor Pro Manager MBM-Sp66P04.jpg






Mr W C Pitts

On the Staff


Mr A L Kirk

Pro Manager

1953 to 1957

Mr H K Williams

Pro Manager

1957 to 1959

Mr A W Wescombe

Pro Manager

1959 to 1962

Mr F R Ravenshear


1960 to 1965

Mr G L Taylor

Pro Manager

1962 to 1965

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1965 to 1967 Mr T J P Hart pro Manager MBM-Sp66P06.jpg

1965 to 1968 Mr D E Chalkley MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1967 to 1969 Mr M J Francis pro Manager MBM-Su67P04.jpg

1968 Mr PJ Lewis Manager MBM-Au68P07.jpg

1969 Mr K A Sandy Pro Manager MBM-Su69P15.jpg






Mr F D Smith

On the Staff


Mr T J P Hart

Pro Manager

1965 to 1967

Mr D E Chalkley


1965 to 1968

Mr M J Francis

Pro Manager

1967 to 1969

Mr P J Lewis


1968 onwards

Mr K A Sandy

Pro Manager






Index Number and District:






11-72-40 London Holborn

Full Branch

Halton House 20/23 Holborn London EC1

453 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130  

01 405 6168/9

Counter Service Only

Mr P J Lewis Manager

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Holborn 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 14.


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London 16 Hanover Square W1

19 July 1946

15 December 1969

18 September 1970

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-41-40 Holborn Halton House


London Kensington High St W8