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These premises have been acquired by Martins Bank…

(…but not for long)

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1966R.jpgIt’s 1966, a year of optimism and World Cup Glory, and time for Martins Bank to expand its empire into the South and West of England.  Where better to consolidate a portfolio of branches, than Cheltenham, classy, on the up, and surely ready for its second branch of Martins bank?  Suitable premises are found at 1 Queens Circus in the Montpelier area of town, and in no time at all, F C Dodwell and Son Limited undergoes a transformation, inside AND out…

 

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1960 Cheltenham Montpellier Exterior 1 Close up 30-618.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/0618

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The branch interior is finished to the high standards that Martins Bank expects from its architects and builders.  Upstairs, all mod cons are laid on to make working in the 1960s office a pleasure.  The counter area is furnished with Marftins’ trademark selection of fine wood panelling, anaglypta ceiling designs, feature lighting, and zebra-crossing style lino flooring.  Careful use of the available space allows maximum room for customers, and an ample work area for the counter staff.

Cheltenham Montpelier is another of the branches for which Barclays will have no need after the merger – to begin with the branch is downgraded to a sub-Branch on 12 December 1969, and after less than four years since first opening, the doors are closed for good on 1 May 1970.  What a waste…

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Mr J O Williams

First and only Clerk in Charge 1966 to 1970

 

 

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11-09-60 Cheltenham Montpelier

Self Accounting Sub to 11-69-20 Cheltenham High Street

1 Queens Circus Montpelier Cheltenham Gloucestershire

169 South Western

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Cheltenham 54281

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J O Williams pro Manager

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1966

15 December 1969

1 May 1970

Currently

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-20-19 Cheltenham Montpelier

Closed

Estate Agency

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