Serving the gin and
drive-in branch opened at Epsom on September 29. It stands well back in
Ashley Road at the junction with Ashley Avenue, with a registry office on
the opposite corner and a church and the Magistrate's Court across the way.
This rather unusual combination is partly explained by the fact that the
new branch stands on the site of the old police station. Even if some
difficulty was experienced in obtaining sanction for change of use, despite
the obvious 'lock-up', 'security' and 'custody' associations of the
respective undertakings, the outcome has fully justified the trouble. The
frontage has been laid out with stone paving, cobbles and beds for
evergreen and flowering shrubs and once our customers adapt themselves to
the in and out of the drive-in this will prove a highly popular innovation
in the district. Epsom lies in what is sometimes termed the stockbroker
belt—well outside the bingo belt but
close to the gin and Jaguar belt, so to speak. There are the Downs, the
Racecourse and sufficient green belt to have kept the area mercifully insulated
from becoming a suburb, and the number of estate agents' offices in this
small township are an indication of the demand—and
the price—for residential property.
Ultra-cool: Banking by Zephyr at
the Epsom drive-in.
before the days of “would you like fries with that?” and the well meaning
but misguided: “I’m sorry about your weight (wait) sir/madam”, Mr K
P Marsh shows them how it’s done…
The shopkeepers are courteous, the train services to
London frequent, and Epsom is altogether a good place to live in if one
The branch interior is spacious, with a rosewood counter fronted by white
marble brickettes and dark glazed screens behind the counter space.
Blue-green vinyl fabric covers two walls and, if the overall effect is
somewhat clinical, the materials and finish throughout are worthy of what
may justifiably be termed a prestige branch. Here the selection of the
staff has been as imaginatively and successfully handled by London District
as the Midland District handled the staffing of Peterborough branch which
opened on the same day.
Mr Brian du Feu,
will soon have completed his third house move in four years—an
indication of what progress in banking can sometimes involve. He was in the
photographic business before joining the Bank and was for some years
secretary of the Jersey Camera Club: his interests include hockey, tennis,
badminton, surfing and skin-diving.
Mr Ian Fletcher joined the staff after six years at Chislehurst and
Mr Kenneth Marsh, who has appeared frequently in magazine photographs of cricket,
hockey or rugby teams, lives conveniently in Epsom as if by arrangement.
Mr C. J. Butcher commutes cheerfully each day to Oxted
with the help of his Renault-Banger and Miss G. C. Leggett, who joined the
branch shortly before it opened, will tell any girl with ideas about the
glamour of working in the Big City that a secretary's job in a London
fashion house with travel costs of £2 a week for two years is a poor substitute for working at
Epsom branch and living at home on Epsom Downs.
she wanted to try the London job and quite sensibly she packed it in: quite
understandably Mr du Feu and his staff are very glad that she did. Epsom
branch is off to a good start, and the business is likely to continue
expansion on private and commercial lines.
Our only regret
about going there is that we cannot state how many accounts they have opened
already, because one never knows who might read these words. But we now
have a lot more sympathy for the sad-faced, milling crowds we passed on
Hungerford Bridge and in Waterloo station on our way out that morning.
They looked as if
they had seen Epsom branch and were sorry they couldn't work there.
Above: B. R. du Feu (Manager), I. Fletcher
and C. J. Butcher
What became of the Epsom
drive-in banks don’t seem to be have been around for the last few decades,
we wondered about the fate of Martins’ pioneering efforts at Epsom. We asked our friends at Barclays Group
Archives what happened to the branch following the merger with
Barclays. They toldus that Epsom Branch continued to offer its
drive-in till until 1979, and the branch itself was closed in 1981.
This means there was Drive-in Banking at Epsom for 13
years – 1966-1979 – which is not bad for an experiment!