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Martins Bank 1928+

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A number of talented and dedicated staff provide the overseas services of Martins Bank, and many are gifted with knowledge of one or more foreign languages. It comes as a particular loss to the bank when these staff either move on or retire, as their skills are hard to resource. Although many of the Bank’s larger branches have their own foreign departments, and the ability to perform some foreign transactions, Martins has three dedicated overseas branches designed to serve the Bank as a whole – Chief Overseas Office is in London, support by Liverpool and Manchester Overseas Branches.

In Service:1934* until 12 December 1969

*but see also history at foot of page

1970 Manchester City Office exterior BGA Ref

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1830

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Manchester Overseas is located at one end of the same building as Manchester District Office, the palatial former Head Office of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank at 47 Spring Gardens. When Barclays and Martins Merge at the end of 1969, the business of Manchester Overseas is transferred to Barclays’ own Overseas Branch at 94 Portland Street. For our feature, we go back to 1966 when staff are saying goodbye to Mr C Holland whose record of service includes a staggering thirty-four years at Manchester Overseas…

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1966 02 MBM.jpg1952 to 1966 Mr C Holland Pro Manager MBM-Su66P57on april 29 many of his colleagues and friends throughout the District gathered at Manchester Overseas branch to mark the retirement of Clarence Holland after 42 years in the Bank. Apart from war service, he spent 34 years in Overseas branch where he was appointed Pro Manager in 1952. After paying tribute to Mr Holland and mentioning particularly his fluency in many languages, Mr D. P. Wilson, the Manager, presented him with a watch on behalf of subscribers. Mr Holland spoke briefly and wittily in thanking his friends for their gift and he then entertained them to a party. Earlier in the day he had been entertained to lunch by his District General Manager.

We are indebted to Alan Thomond for his contributions to our “then and now” series – he has supplied a large number of contemporary photographs of Martins Bank’s Branches in and around Manchester. The shot below, taken in Spring 2016, shows the former premises of Manchester Overseas now occupied by the World famous Vivienne Westwood Store, but with the Martins Coat of Arms still defiantly flying the flag from the stonework on the side of the building! Nowadays too, things look a lot less sooty and grimy than they did in the 1960s…

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1830

Image © 2016 Martins bank Archive Collections – Alan Thomond


1952 to 1966 Mr C Holland Pro Manager MBM-Su66P57

1936 to 1956 Mr J S Laver Manager MBM-Wi63P06.jpg

1946 to 1964 Mr H W Strong Pro Manager MBM-Su64P60.jpg

1951 Mr S Herbert Manager MBM-Wi51P28.jpg

1952 Mr J F Hardman Assistant Manager MBM-Wi61P55.jpg

1952 Mr J Tarbit Assistant Manager MBM-Au52P51.jpg






Mr Clarence Holland

On staff 1932 to 1966

Pro Manager 1952 onwards

Mr J S Laver

On the staff 1936-56

and 1960

Mr H W Strong

Pro Manager

1946 to 1964

Mr S Herbert


1951 to 1961

Mr J F Hardman

Assistant Manager


Mr J Tarbit

Assistant Manager


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1961 Mr W L Cockburn Manager Manchester Overseas Branch MBM-Sp61P06.jpg

1964 Mr B Butterowrth pro manager MBM-Su64P05.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr DP Wilson Manager MBM-Su65P03.jpg

1966 Mr NC Gartside pro Manager MBM-Su66P06.jpg

1967 to 1969 Mr PA Cawsey Manager MBM-Su67P02.jpg






Mr W L Cockburn


1961 to 1965

Mr B Butterworth

Pro Manager 1964

Assistant Manager 1968

Mr D P Wilson


1965 to 1967

Mr N C Gartside

Pro Manager


Mr P A Cawsey


1967 to 1969

Mr A J Lonsdale

Pro Manager


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1969 Mr W A Makeham Manager MBM-Sp69P11.jpg






Mr W A Makeham


1969 onwards











Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-87-50 Manchester Overseas

Overseas Trade and Foreign Currency Branch

PO Box 333 47 Spring Gardens Manchester 2

732 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 832 4061/7 & 3585/6

Foreign Banking Services

Mr W A Makeham Manager



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Manchester Oldham Street



12 December 1969


Transferred as Manchester Foreign from 26 Mosley Street

Re-named Manchester Overseas

Closed and business transferred to

    Barclays Manchester Foreign, 94 Portland Street

Manchester Portland Street


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