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Martins Bank 1928+

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Leading a double life?

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MAW Up BannerIn 1940, Martins Bank’s premises at 32 Lowndes Street are destroyed by a bomb, and the business has to be relocated.  Temporary premises are found just around the corner at 48 Sloane Street, which, although surviving as a branch until 1956, has the words “Lowndes Street Branch” stencilled onto the front window.  Leading a kind of “double life”, this office actually serves as Lowndes Street branch until 1948, when another much larger office opens at No 153 SLOANE STREET.  From then, until closure in 1956, No 48 Sloane Street is run as a sub branch to No 153.

In Service: September 1940 until 1956

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection - Geoff Taylor

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Thanks to the amazing forward thinking of Martins Colleagues who liked to take or collect photographs of the Bank’s branches we are able to see this rare and wonderful image of No 48 Sloane Street, taken in 1954.  From the opening of Lowndes Street in 1930, to the closure of 48 Sloane Street and beyond, Manager Mr K R Wright is at the helm, and you can read more about him on our LOWNDES STREET page.

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1940 to 1948 Mr K R Wright Manager MBM-Sp59P53.jpg

1940 to 1942 Mr R D Beaumont  MBM-Su61P40.jpg

1943 to 1946 Miss E M Webster Pro Manager MBM-Au46P28.jpg

1944 to 1945 Mr EM Farrell MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

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Mr K R Wright


1940 to 1948

Mr R D Beaumont

On the Staff

1940 to 1942

Miss E M Webster

Wartime Clerk in Charge

1943 to 1946

Mr E M Farrell

On the Staff

1944 to 1945



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Index Number and District:






London 48 Sloane Street                                              

Run as Lowndes Street from 1940 to 1948, later

Sub to 11-08 London 153 Sloane Street from 1948 to 1956

48 Sloane Street London SW1

426 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1200

Saturday 0930-1100

SLOane 6206

Counter Service Only

Mr K R Wright Manager

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London 84 Piccadilly

September 1940



Opened as a temporary branch when 32 Lowndes St Bombed

Becomes sub to 153 Sloane Street


London 153 Sloane Street

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