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Martins Bank 1928+

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Not quite “Always There…”

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At the mouth of the River Hamble lies Warsash, home to the third of Martins Bank’s Southampton area branches, the first two being found at SOUTHAMPTON ABOVE BAR, and SOUTHAMPTON DOCKS.  As late as 1968 the Bank opens a fourth branch at HEDGE END.  Boating being such a way of life in Warsash, the area makes the perfect backdrop for the 1980s BBC Television series “Howards’ Way”… Our gallery shows Warsash as both Martins and Barclays, inside and out.


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1960 s Warsash Exterior 2 BGA Ref 30-2704

Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/2704

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Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Account for 1938 © Barclays


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As Barclays has a new Branch planned in Warsash, the name above the door changes, but the much loved Martins Bank hanging sign is allowed to remain until the business is moved in 1972.  Of the four Branches originally opened by Martins Bank in various parts of Southampton, only High Street remains for any decent length of time beyond the 1969 merger with Barclays, serving customers until 1983. The sub-Branch at The Docks is first to go in 1935, and High Street Replaces the original City Office at 139 Above Bar.  Although Hedge End is still open today, it has been moved a couple of doors down from its original location. As our towns and Cities change and adapt to the twenty-first Century, is it plain to see that very little in life is “Always there…”



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Index Number and District:






11-04-80 Southampton Warsash

Sub to 11-04-80 Southampton

9 Shore Road Warsash Southampton Hampshire

415 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Locks Heath 2019

No Nightsafe

Mr R L Sharrock Manager (Southampton)

5 July 1938

15 December 1969

11 September 1972


opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-79-26 Southampton 171/2 High Street

Closed and moved to 1 Shore Road

Estate Agency

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