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Martins Bank 1928+



1957 COA.jpgIn the traditional layout of East Anglia - Norfolk Suffolk and Essex - Martins has just seven branches, four in NORWICH, including the University of East Anglia, and one each in KING’S LYNN, COLCHESTER and Ipswich.  Martins’ Southern expansion has been in full flow since the late 1930s, but a significant number of new branches have been opened in the Midlands, Southern England, the South West and the South east.  Sadly the Bank’s representation in East Anglia will not grow before the merger with Barclays, and so the Bank’s branches here are but little outposts of the Martins Empire, each manned by a small, dedicated staff. 

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East Anglia.jpgIpswich starts out in what are intened to be temporary premises, but ends up occupying them for much longer than intended.  Ipswich Branch is opened in 1939 at 11 Buttermarket, but the Bank has its eye on a site across the way at number 6.  In a situation not helped by the Second World War and its economic aftermath, it takes 18 years for the move to happen!  You can meet the staff of the original branch on our page for IPSWICH 11 BUTTERMARKET, where you can also read about the only visit made to Ipswich by Martins Bank Magazine.  

In Service: 1957 until 12 December 1969


The framework is built for Martins Bank’s new Branch in Ipswich.

Image – 1956 Margaret Perks Collection

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As for the eagerly awaited Branch at No 6 Buttermarket – it lasts only 12 years, closing just a few days before the merger in 1969 with the Business transferred to Barclays’ Branch at Princes Street. If you can help with images and/or information about this or any of Martins Bank’s other branches, please do get in touch with us at the usual address  The image on this page is from the personal collection of the late Margaret Perks, who started her career at Ipswich in July 1940. She went on to achieve one of the highest roles for a woman in Martins Bank when she was promoted to the Appointed Staff, become Trust Controller at London West end Trustee Office. Under Barclays, Margaret continued to play a significant role throughout the 1970s.




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Mr J C Quevillart

On the Staff

1961 to 1964

Mr M J Francis

On the Staff

1964 to 1967









Index Number and District:






11-95-40 Ipswich

Full Branch

6 Buttermarket Ipswich Suffolk

452 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Ipswich 51265

Nightsafe Installed

Mr K C Batten Manager



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Ipswich 11 Buttermarket

Temporary branch


12 December 1969

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business transferred to Barclays 1 Princes Street