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A ten year gap?

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image020The South Western expansion of Martins Bank begins on 4 January 1937 with the opening of new branches in Bristol and Bath.In Bristol, however, it will be some time before permanent offices are ready at 47 CORN STREET, so the branch is situated temporarily in the Refuge Assurance Buildings in nearby Baldwin Street.

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Image (left) © Northcliffe Media Limited Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

Image (above) © Martins Bank Archive Collection

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Although Martins opens for business in Bristol on 4 January 1937, it is not until 1960 that the South Western District is fully formed, with its own District Board, offices, and network of local branches.However, the chance to have a foothold in the area has actually existed since the 1927 amalgamation of the Equitable Bank and the Bank of Liverpool and Martins- The Equitable Bank opened a branch at Bristolís Corn Exchange just a year earlier but for whatever reason, this branch is closed in 1927 and there follows a ten year gap without any coverage of Bristol by Martins Bank or any of its constituents.By 1969 Martins Bank will have eight Branches and sub-Branches in the City.

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The move to Corn Street takes place in March 1938, but not before the buidling is gutted and then turned into the kind of premises and facilities fit for a bankís district office and major city branch.The announcement of the opening of the temporary office is made in the Western Daily Press, of Friday 8 January 1937.


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Mr H A Wilmott

Pro Manager

1937 to 1938

Mr J H Morrison


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Index Number and District:






11-130 Bristol City Office

Temporary full branch

Refuge Assurance Buildings Baldwin Street Bristol 1

190 Midland (South Western not created until 1960)

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bristol 23451

Counter Service Only

Mr J H Morrison Manager

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Monday 4 January 1937

Monday 14 March 1938

Tuesday 15 March 1938

Opened at Refuge Assurance Buildings Baldwin St


Moved to 47 Corn Street

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