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Martins Bank 1928+

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We are still in search of ‘gold dust’ – that is, a photograph of 114 Fenchurch Street in its Martins days.  Sad to say that although Barclays served customers from this very address until 2016, the original building was replaced many moons ago by concrete and glass, which means we can’t even take a picture of it now.  Barclays closes its Branch at Fenchurch Street Station early in 1970, in favour of the Martins Building in which it sees a great deal of potential, as sometime between 1972 and 1976 it is demolished and rebuilt…

In Service: 15 July 1937 until 2 September 2016


Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts © Barclays 1939

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1951 April Fenchurch Street Cheque - S Walker MBA.jpg

Image (April 1951) © Martins Bank Archive Collections - Stephen Walker

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During this mammoth building task, the business moves temporarily to 23 Lime Street, and the fuss is definitely worth it – the new building will stand the test of time, with Barclays operating there until September 2016 when it moved several numbers up the road to 100 Fenchurch Street.  Martins Bank’s first Branch at Fenchurch Street was opened in 1937 in temporary premises at No 22 FENCHURCH STREET, before moving the following year to Nos 112/114.  It was opened and Managed for the first three years by Mr E H Denman who became Joint General Manager of Martins Bank early in 1949.  For our feature, we have just one retirement write-up from Martins Bank Magazine. It concerns Mr Bill Odell, who retires from the Managership of Fenchurch Street in 1967 after eleven years in the job, and forty-three in the Bank…

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1967 04 MBM.jpg1956 to 1967 Mr A J Odell Manager MBM-Wi67P55.jpgA considerable number of friends gathered in the canteen at 68 Lombard Street on October 27 to wish Bill Odell good health and a long and happy retirement. Of his 43 years' service Mr Odell spent nearly 30 years at Lombard Street, four with H.M. Forces and the remainder at Fenchurch Street where he was appointed Pro Manager in 1956. He was well known to many of the London District as Chair­man of the London District Staff Associa­tion and of the Cicala Players, Secretary of the Cicala Luncheon Club and a member of the London District Dinner Committee. The proceedings were very informal, apart from a few words of good wishes and a welcome to Mrs Odell. Mr Odell was presented with a book of signatures and a cheque and Mrs Odell with a box of choco­lates, the convivial tone of the evening being a compliment to Mr Odell and his wife.

1937 to 1938 Mr E Norman-Butler Assistant Manager MBM-Sp49P05.jpg

1937 to 1955 Mr D C McClure Accountant MBM-Sp56P51.jpg

1940 to 1943 Mr T I Bond Assistant Manager MBM-Wi56P05.jpg

1940 to 1954 Mr J H Morrison Manager MBM-Sp54P54.jpg

1941 to 1941 Mr H Slater MBM-Wi65P05.jpg






Mr E Norman-Butler

Assistant Manager

1937 to 1938

Mr E H Denman


1937 to 1940

Mr D C McClure


1937 to 1955

Mr T I Bond

Assistant Manager

1940 to 1943

Mr J H Morrison


1940 to 1954

Mr H Slater

On the Staff

1940 to 1941

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1943 to 1946 Mr G A King Pro Manager MBM-Su62P56.jpg

1943 to 1957 Mr Ernest Whitehead Pro Manager MBM-Wi57P49.jpg

1946 to 1954 Mr S A Mitchell Assistant Manager MBM-Su64P56.jpg

1951 to 1953 Mr S Heaton joined the bank here MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1952 to 1952 Mr P G F Foley joined the bank here MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1954 to 1955 E J A Salmon MBM-Su65P08.jpg






Mr G A King

Pro Manager

1943 to 1946

Mr Ernest Whitehead

Pro Manager

1943 to 1957

Mr S A Mitchell

Assistant Manager

1946 to 1954

Mr S Heaton

Joined the Bank Here

1951 to 1953

Mr P G F Foley

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1952

Mr E J A Salmon

On the Staff

1954 to 1955

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1954 to 1964 Mr H A Locke Manager MBM-Su64P57.jpg

1956 to 1957 Mr J L Baughen MBM-Su66P06.jpg

1956 to 1967 Mr A J Odell Pro Manager MBM-Wi67P55.jpg

1957 to 1965 Mr J K Eccles Pro Manager MBM-Au65P56.jpg

1959 to 1960 Asst Mgr then 1964 Mr HK Williams Manager MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr A W Wescombe Assistant Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg






Mr H A Locke


1954 to 1964

Mr J L Baughen

On the Staff

1956 to 1957

Mr A J Odell

Pro Manager

1956 to 1967

Mr J K Eccles

Pro Manager

1957 to 1965

Mr H K Williams MC

Pro Mgr 1959 to 1964

Manager 1964 onwards

Mr A W Wescombe

Assistant Manager

1962 to 1965

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1965 Mr JM Varty Assistant Manager MBM-Au65P05.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr K W Quigley pro Manager MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1967 Mr AW Rose pro Manager MBM-Su67P03.jpg

1967 Mr KA Clark pro Manager MBM-Wi67P05.jpg






Mr J M Varty

Assistant Manager


Mr K W Quigley

Pro Manager

1965 to 1967

Mr A W Rose

Pro Manager


Mr K A Clark

Pro Manager




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Index Number and District:






11-84-30 London Fenchurch Street

Full Branch

114 Fenchurch Street London EC3

440 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 488 4845/7 &3547

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H K Williams MC Manager

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Fenchurch Street 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 and printed on customers’ vouchers. The Branch will be identified by the significant digits 1 0 .

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London 22 Fenchurch Street

Temporary Branch

15 July 1937


15 December 1969


By 1976/7

2 September 2016

Opened by Martins Bank Limited at 22 Fenchurch Street

Moved to 112/114 Fenchurch Street

Barclays Bank Limited 20-31-52 Fenchurch Street

Demolished and transferred temporarily to 23 Lime Street

Rebuilt and reopened as 114 Fenchurch Street

Closed and moved to 100 Fenchurch Street

London Garrick Street

(Covent Garden)