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Martins Bank 1928+

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image066A branch of Martins Bank is opened in Reading as part of the first wave of Southern expansion, in the late 1930s.  The bank’s expansion policy at this time is to open anywhere remotely suitable, in order to establish the bank in the local psyche, before moving to better or larger premises at a later date.  No-one, least of all Martins, will know just how much the Second World War will disrupt their business plans, and whilst some branches in the South are successfully moved into bigger or purpose built premises BEFORE the war, Reading branch has really only just been established at 6 STATION ROAD when the conflict begins in 1939.

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-2395

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Consequently, the business remains there until 1960 when suitable premises are found the move to 160 Friar Street is completed.  Martins Bank Magazine visits the new branch in 1961…

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1961 03 MBM.jpgOur branch in Reading was opened in 1939 in what were intended to be temporary premises. Owing to the war and its aftermath the temporary premises almost became permanent and were occupied for 21 years. The business was transferred to the new branch last year and a very handsome office it is with a much better potential for extending the Bank's business in this important town once the problem of staff shortage has been overcome.

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Mr. N. Hunter is the third manager the branch has had, and he is a Northerner who entered the Bank in 1925 at Grange-over-Sands. He did not remain long at Grange, however, for, after a short spell there he was transferred to Ulverston where he remained until 1931 when he entered the London District. He served at Hanover Square, Bexley Heath, Sittingbourne and Richmond before gaining his first signing authority, at Tothill Street in 1940. Then came five years in H.M. Forces, 1941-1946, after which he returned to Tothill Street.  He was appointed Pro Manager there in 1947 and Assistant Manager at Kingsway in 1948. In 1950 he went to London District Office and was appointed Sub Manager at Ludgate Circus the following year.

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Following the death of Mr. Swain he was invited to become Manager at Reading in 1958. His second-in-command is Mr. E. L. J. Press who is now well-known in the London, Liverpool and Manchester Districts by virtue of his success in the world of sport as a professional football referee. He has made many friends at the various inter-District sporting functions. He entered the Bank in 1947 and spent all his time at Lombard Street until he joined the staff at Reading in 1959. Mr. G. J. Hoey started his career at Chief Overseas in 1954. After his National Service, 1956-1958, he went to Bexhill, and joined the Reading staff this year. We did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. P. R. Punter, who was on holiday at the time of our visit. He entered the Bank in 1955 and has been at Reading all the time. Neither were we able to meet Miss C. A. Galloway, who joined the staff at Reading in 1959, as she was away through illness.

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The other members of the staff are Mr. R. S. Cooper who entered the Bank at Reading in 1954, Mrs. W. A. Thomas who was at Heswall from 1956 until this year and has joined the staff at Reading in order to be near her husband who is stationed at Tidworth, and Miss J. Foster who entered the Bank last year. Mr C Gisborn was also at the branch on the day of our visit, 5TH July, on relief duty from Lombard street.  We were pleased to note the very good spirit among the staff, despite the rather long hours which they are putting in.

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1960 Miss J Foster MBM-Au61P09.jpg

1960 Mr R S Cooper MBM-Au61P09.jpg

1960 Mr ELJ Press MBM-Su66P06.jpg

1960 to 1968 Mr N Hunter Manager MBM-Su68P53.jpg

1961 Mr G J Hoey MBM-Au61P09.jpg

1961 Mrs W A Thomas MBM-Au61P09.jpg

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Miss J Foster

On the Staff

1960

Mr R S Cooper

On the Staff

1960

Mr E L J Press

Branch Second

1960 to 1962

Mr N Hunter

Manager

1960 to 1968

Mr G J Hoey

On the Staff

1961

Miss W A Thomas

On the Staff

1961

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1962 to 1965 Mr R T Insull Limited Authority MBM-Wi65P06.jpg

1965 Mr I H W King pro Manager MBM-Wi65P04.jpg

1968 W Pearson Manager MBM-Su68P22.jpg

1969 Mr R A Clark Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P11.jpg

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Mr R T Insull

Limited Authority

1962 to 1965

Mr I H W King

Pro Manager

1965

Mr W Pearson

Manager

1968 onwards

Mr R A Clark

Pro Manager

1969

 

 

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Manager:

11-12-70 Reading

Full Branch

160 Friar Street Reading Berkshire

447 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Reading 52558

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W Pearson Manager

1960

15 December 1969

1979

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-71-04 Reading Friar Street

Closed

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