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Wrecsam is Martins Bank’s oldest branch in Wales, having been opened in 1898 by the Bank of Liverpool. It forms part of the small network of Branches operated by the Bank in North Wales.  These comprise Bangor, Dolgarrog, Tal-y-Bont, and Llandudno in Caernarvonshire, Colwyn Bay, Wrexham, Overton on Dee, Wrexham Cattle Market and Wrexham Trading Estate in Denbighshire, Prestatyn and Rhyl in Flintshire.  Although there is also a network of branches in the South of Wales, there is no Wales District Office, and therefore the North is controlled from Liverpool District office, and the South from South Western District Office in Bristol.  Although Martins opens a large number of new Branches right up to the merger with Barclays, sadly none are in Mid-Wales.   In the Spring of 1951, Wrexham Branch is visited by Martins Bank Magazine, and in person by the editor, A R Ellis, who from the tone of the article would dearly like to be Welsh to the end of his toes if he could, but sadly bears only a Welsh surname…  You can’t win ‘em all!

In Service: 1 March 1898 until 24 November 1972

1950 s Wrexham Exterior Close Up BGA Ref 30-3301

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-3301

“A ydych wldi gadael eich agoriadau?”

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1950 s Wrexham Exterior BGA Ref 30-3301.jpg1951 01 MBM.jpgThis reminder on the door between the Staff side of the counter and the counter space at Wrexham: “Have you left your keys?” caught us out, for we had walked out of Head Office that morning, February 6th, with ours.  With the name of Ellis we certainly felt at home at Wrexham branch, with Miss Parry, Miss Davies, R. W. Jones and Mr. Harris-Hughes, all Welsh speaking, and Miss Trevor-Jones who like ourselves has the name but not the language.


Mr. K. Harris-Hughes, whose previous service includes Water Street, East, Chester, Hoole and Colwyn Bay, opened Rhyl branch as Manager in 1939 and went to Wrexham, our oldest Welsh branch, as Manager in 1945. He was educated at the Holt Secondary School, Liverpool, and we were interested to discover that not only did he know many of our own friends, but that he had frequently called at our childhood home when a boy to see a younger brother, but it was left to this visit for us really to make his acquaintance.


Later in the day we had the pleasure of meeting his wife and developing the acquaintanceship still further. V. L. Fisher, the second man, enjoys that great blessing to parents, a brilliant son of whom great things are expected. He has three children, and is also a keen gardener, specialising in chrysanthemums. F. T. Pritchard is an old friend whom we first met at the Ambleside Rest House. He motor cycles to work each day from Llangollen and has solved his housing problem in a way which will make many readers green with envy.


He had bought a properly modernised old bungalow on a hillside with seven acres of woodland and meadow in the lovely Vale of Llangollen. Wise man! R. W. Jones only entered the Bank in December after doing his National Service and getting as far as Germany. Miss B. Trevor-Jones has been in the service since 1936 at Wrexham. She comes to Liverpool occasionally to go to the Playhouse but so far has not seen over our Head Office, a shortcoming we have promised to remedy. We regret that we were unable to meet Miss M. B. Davies as she was away on compassionate leave. Mr. Harris-Hughes tells us that she is a most competent cashier. We are glad that she managed to turn up for the photographer. Miss A. G. Parry has been with us since 1948, but her recent engagement to a young man who is training for the ministry of the Welsh Presbyterian Church obviously numbers her days among us.


After a pleasant hour at the branch we went on a tour of exploration and were fascinated to discover that at least a part of American culture has its roots in Wrexham, for the founder of Yale University lies in the Parish Churchyard and a stone from the wall of the church was incorporated in one of the buildings at Yale. American visitors come by the thousand to Wrexham Church and the U.S. Flag and the battle flag of the U.S. Marines hang over the choir. There is also a chapel dedicated to the Welsh Guards and the church has some beautiful stained glass.


The steeple of Wrexham Church is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. How many people know the other six?


Pistyll, Rhaiadr and Wrecsam steeple,

Snowdon's Mountain without its people.

Overton Yew Tree, St. Winifred Wells,

Llangollen Bridge and Gresford Bells.


In the church itself the following inscription took our fancy: "Here lies interred beneath the's stones, the beard y flesh and eke y bones of Wrexham Clark old Daniel Jones." We went out to the Trading Estate to see our branch and marvelled at the optimism of the workman who perched the cistern on the flat roof, exposed to the gentlest zephyr equally with the bitterest wind.   Still, he treated Lloyds Bank the same, so who could grumble? In the afternoon we went to the magnificent Panorama Walk above Llangollen in time to see a great snowstorm come sweeping down the Vale. A very happy day drew to its appointed close all too quickly, but we can say that any visitors from Martins Bank who call in at our Wrexham branch are assured of a very warm welcome.

Wrecsam – then and now…

A large number of images remain of Wrexham Branch, and they show how the branch has changed from the time of the visit in 1951 of Martins Bank Magazine, to the late 1960s after the branch has undergone a spectacular makeover…


Behind the scenes in the 1950s

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The Counter in the 1950s

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Transformed for the 1960s – The new Counter Area

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A spacious new Banking Hall

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Presidential Honours!

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1964 01 MBM.jpgMr H. Glyn Jones (Manager, Wrexham), President of the Rotary Club of Wrexham, had a pleasant surprise on January 17th when, arriving at the Memorial Hall, Wrexham, for the Rotary Club's Annual Dance, he found that his fellow Rotarians had arranged an ingenious display in his honour including an interior photograph of his own branch. The image on the right shows, from left, Mrs Glyn Jones (who was formerly Miss Kathleen Raby of the Head Office staff), Mr H. Glyn Jones and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham, Mr and Mrs Stanley Craig.

1901 to 1906 Mr B E Jones joined the service here MBM-Au47P18.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr R T M Williams OBE MC TD MBM-Sp64P43.jpg

1943 to 1946  Mr F A Chadwick Pro Manager from 1945 MBM-Wi46P16.jpg

1945 to 1953 Mr K Harris-Hughes Manager MBM-Sp66P51.jpg






Mr E B Jones

Joined the Bank Here

1901 to 1906

Mr A D Thomas

On the Staff

1906 to 1910

Mr B A Williams

Joined the Bank Here

1917 to 1923

Mr R T M Williams

On the Staff

1938 to 1939

Mr F A Chadwick

Pro Manager

1943 to 1946

Mr K Harris-Hughes


1945 to 1953

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1946 to 1966 Mr V L Fisher Pro Manager MBM-Au66P52.jpg

1953 to 1967 Mr H Glyn Jones Manager MBM-Au67P53.jpg

1966 Mr CF Morris pro Manager MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1967 Mr JP Catlow Manager MBM-Au67P03.jpg

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Mr V L Fisher

Pro Manager

1946 to 1966

Mr H Glyn Jones


1953 to 1967

Miss B Trevor-Jones

Manager’s Secretary


Mr C F Morris

Pro Manager


Mr J P Catlow


1967 onwards




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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Lmited 11-72-90 Wrecsam

Full Branch

33 High Street Wrecsam Denbighshire

50 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Wrecsam 4737

Nightsafe Installed

J P Catlow Manager





1 March 1898

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

24 November 1972

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-98-91 Wrexham 33 High St


Wrecsam Cattle Market

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