Bank’s Branch at Hove really does look as if it would be at home somewhere in
the Mediterranean, elegant and impressive – you might even give a slight swagger
as you walk up to the door with your cheque book. At this stage, the Bank is still very keen to employ the architectural
device of the “Corner Branch”, but in
the case of Hove, the door itself is not set into the corner, and is situated
on the Church Road aspect of the building.
Hove Branch survives the merger but by just two years.
such a lovely bank building to have a short life under Barclays is very sad,
but as we shall see below, with a Branch of Barclays just over the road,
something has to give, and practicality must prevail.
were delighted to be contacted by Elizabeth Whitehouse, who as a young girl
in the early 1960s was transferred to Hove. Back then she was Elizabeth
Bailey, and her memories of the Branch and its staff along with this original
staff group photograph provide an invaluable link to the history of Hove
Branch, one of Martins Bank’s most Southerly outposts.
Elizabeth writes: “The photo shows, standing, Miss Patricia
Lucock, Mr D H Moss, then myself, aged 16 (maiden name Bailey), Kevin Greene,
Dennis Cooper and Miss Patricia Black. Seated at the front are Mr. F H Coate,
Chief Clerk and Mr. A. L. Lucock, Manager.
I started work in DEWSBURY, just two weeks after my 16th birthday in August 1959. In
October of the following year my Mother and I moved to Sussex and I worked
for a few weeks at 26 North Street, Brighton. I was transferred to Hove as a
Typist, a bit of a shame for both Mr Lucock and his daughter, Pat, as I was
hopeless! All I wanted was to be a Cashier, and was told I couldn't until I
was 21, a lifetime away! However, the following few years were fun in the
most part, including summer lunch hours rushing down to the beach and back,
and working with some really good people.
10 May 1937 until 15 December 1972
Images: © Barclays Ref 00300-1366 (above) and © E
In about 1963 the Bank took over
the Hairdressers' shop attached to the property, and the conversion was
started. During this time the other Junior and I, Bob Elliott, worked in the
basement of the former shop and the counter was also in the narrow space at
street level. When the work was completed and we moved back into the new
premises is seemed so modern and fresh. During this time we had a new First
Cashier, Roy Vallier, with whom I worked, finally on the counter, until he
left in about 1966.
There were several staff changes
over the years, Pat Black married and become Mrs. Rose, leaving to join her
husband working for the Brighton Fire Service, Pat Lucock moved up to London
to work, Dennis Cooper moved to another Brighton branch, I think, and we were
joined by Betty Adamson, Miss Sheila Wells - from a London branch, Ann Hill,
and of course Roy”…
Image: © 1966 - E Whitehouse (seen here as Miss E Bailey)
following short pieces from Martins Bank Magazine announce the arrival of Mr
Lucock as the new Branch Manager in 1947, and his departure in 1966 upon
retirement, having been Manager at Hove for almost eighteen years…
A L Lucock is the new Manager of our Hove Branch. He entered the service at
Kingsway Branch. After service at Chislehurst, London Office, and with the
London Inspection Staff, he was transferred in 1939 to Brighton with signing
authority. From 1942 to 1946 he served
with H M Forces, and became pro Manager at Brighton in 1946. His present
appointment dates from 01 April 1947.
…and a departure
mr lucock's retirement as Manager of Hove branch
brought 50 colleagues and friends to the branch on March 31. In the absence
through illness of Mr C. Whiteley (Joint General Manager), Mr D. C. Bardsley
travelled from Merseyside to attend the party. In presenting Mr Lucock with
his colleagues' cheque Mr Bardsley paid tribute to his unfailing kindness,
patience and loyalty, but regretted that he could find nothing murky in his
past to enlighten the proceedings. A small personal gift from the local staff
was then handed to Mr Lucock by Miss Bailey. In reply Mr Lucock ttributed the lack of a murky past to
'undetected crime'. He thanked his friends for their generosity and showed
them a painting, the work of a customer, which he would be buying with part
of the cheque. He then outlined some humorous happenings in his banking
career and closed by pointing out that his managerial career and his
retirement both commenced on All Fools' Day. A fine repast with a good
liquidity ratio followed. After entering the Bank at Kingsway branch in 1923
and serving at other London District branches, Mr Lucock received signing
authority at Brighton in 1939. After four years in H.M. Forces he returned to
Brighton in 1946 and the following year was appointed Manager at Hove.
our final Hove Branch Feature we turn once more to former Martins colleague
Alan Hill who provides some facts and figures regarding Hove and other local
Branches of Martins Bank, in his pamphlet written in 1984 entitled MARTINS
BANK BRANCHES IN SUSSEX.
Branch was opened 10 May 1937 as a sub to Brighton
with Mr K Bainbridge as Clerk in Charge, the office
being upgraded to full branch status in 1938. The
office was situated at the corner of The Drive and Church Road in the middle
of a high class residential area, and developed as a collector of creditor
balances giving a very personal service.
The business developed slowly over the years being handicapped by the
residential nature of its location.
Hove Corporation tended to resist the
residential and commercial development of the Church Road area and it was not
until the mid sixties that there was considerable re-development in The Drive
and Grand Avenue locality with blocks of high class flats being built in the
area. During the post war period the Branch
was first managed by A L Lucock, who was resident for 19 years and retired in
March 1966. He was followed by J
Baughen, who remained there until closure. Hove was under the control of Barclays 92
Church Road, from 15 December 1969 until closure on 15 December 1972. Shortly after the
closure of the Branch, the premises were brought temporarily back into use as
a satellite machine room for Barclays 92 Church Road whilst that office was
being extended. Upon completion of the
Barclays alterations, the Martins premises were sold to Panorama Travel
Image taken from Martins Bank Annual
Report and Accounts for 1937 – © Barclays