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Martins Bank 1928+ 

The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens a Branch in the High Street at Chislehurst in 1922, and it becomes the main Branch of the Bank in the town. Prior to this, the “Water Tower” Branch, at Chislehurst Common had been the only branch of the bank there since 1886, and was an original Branch of Martin’s Private Bank. When 57 High Street opens, the Water Tower Branch is downgraded, surviving as a sub-branch until 1966 when redevelopment sees the demolition of the Water Tower itself. You can read more about that Branch on our CHISLEHURST WATER TOWER page. By 1936 the premises at 57 High Street are deemed no longer suitable for an expanding business, and the bank is minded to move a few doors along to this corner building (right).

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In service: 1936 until 05 May 1972

Image © 1968 Courtesy: Bushell Collection of the Chislehurst Society


The splendid image of the Branch at 63 High Street shown here, was unearthed early in 2019 by the Chislehurst History Society amongst a collection of photographs they received. Our Bank makes a great backdrop to the pageantry, which seems to involve most of the town out to enjoy themselves!  Just a little earlier – in 1965 – Martins Bank Magazine drops in on the retirement celebrations for one of the Bank’s longest serving members of staff -  Manager Mr Thorogood, who has been on the staff for forty-five years…

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1952 to 1965 Mr R E Thorogood Manager MBM-Sp65P54.jpg1965 01following his retirement from the man­agement of Chislehurst branch on 31 December, Mr Thorogood entertained some 90 past and present colleagues at the Chisle­hurst Water Tower sub branch on January 5th. Mr H. Ryder (District General Manager), in a speech during which he presented a cheque to which many of Mr Thorogood's old friends had subscribed, made reference to the fact that Mr Thorogood had entered the service of Cocks, Biddulph and Com­pany in 1919 and was the last to retire of those who had joined the private bank prior to its absorption by Martins.  Of his 45 years' service, 25 were spent as a manager, at Eltham from 1939 to 1952, and thereafter at Chislehurst. He had taken a very active part in local affairs, from which he would be greatly missed, and he had for many years been an enthusiastic golfer and a keen supporter of the Bank's Golfing Society. Mr Ryder also reminded the guests that Mrs Thorogood, to whom a bouquet was presented by Miss Hilary Elsegood, had been on the staff of the Bank before her marriage and that their two sons, who have both been in the Bank for some years, had married members of the staff.  He closed by expressing the hope of all present that Mr and Mrs Thorogood would have a long and happy retirement in their new home at Ashford, Kent. In his reply Mr Thorogood entertained the company with reminiscences of his early days in the Bank and an amusing account of some of his wartime experiences. He closed by thanking his colleagues very warmly for their generosity, and his staff for their loyal support over the years.

Our thanks go once more to the Chislehurst Society’s History Group, for tracking down an almost fleeting glimpse of our Chislehurst Branch on a Frith® Postcard from 1960, AND for taking for us, the contemporary photo of the building as a Branch of Santander Bank…

Image © 1960 The Francis Frith Collection Ref C97028 used here under licence

Image © 2017 Martins Bank Archive Collections – The Chislehurst Society

1936 to 1952 Mr H Monk Manager MBM-Au52P52.jpg

1937 to 1940 Mr A B Chudley MBM-Au67P08.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr H K Williams MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1939 to 1945 Mr W H Gurney signing auth MBM-Sp63P52.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr S Brookes joined the bank here MBM-Su66P03.jpg

1945 to 1950 Mr H C Bradwell Pro Manager from 1948 MBM-Su64P04.jpg






Mr H Monk


1936* to 1952

Mr A B Chudley

On the Staff

1937 to 1940

Mr H K Williams

On the Staff

1938 to 1940

Mr W H Gurney

Signing Authority

1939 to 1945

Mr S Brookes

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Mr H C Bradwell

Pro Manager

1945 to 1950

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1952 to 1965 Mr R E Thorogood Manager MBM-Sp65P54.jpg

1953 Mr K A Messeter 2 MBM-Wi53P28.jpg

1953 to 1959 Mr D B Woolgar MBM-Su67P04.jpg

1953 to 1964 Mr J Pope Pro Manager MBM-Wi64P52.jpg

1954 to 1959 Mr S E Davidson MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1956 Mr I M Howlett joined the bank here MBM-Su63P26.jpg






Mr R E Thorogood


1952 to 1965

Mr K A Messeter

On the Staff


Mr D B Woolgar

On the Staff

1953 to 1962

Mr J Pope

Pro Manager

1953 to 1964

Mr S E Davidson

On the Staff

1953 to 1959

Mr I M Howlett

Joined the Bank Here


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1965 Mr H Glover Manager MBM-Sp65P04.jpg

1967 Brenda Andrews Staff Member MBM-Sp67P47.jpg






Mr H Glover TD


1965 onwards

Miss Brenda Andrews

On the Staff






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Index Number and District:






11-79-20 Chislehurst

Full Branch

63 High Street Chislehurst Kent B27 5BE

404 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 467 5615/6

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Glover TD Manager

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Chislehurst West 57 High Street


15 December 1969

5 May 1972

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-21-01 Chislehurst 63 High Street