Sep 1.jpg

Martins Bank 1928+


Advance to Mayfair…


Whilst we are sure that Christmas Day 1938 must have been a Bank Holiday, it is nevertheless the date of a two-year lease taken by Martins Bank Limited on 27 Berkeley Square, London W1. Why only two years, you might ask? 

Sep 1.jpg


Extracted from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts for 1938 – © Barclays

Sep 1.jpg

Image © BT 1939

Sep 1.jpg

Well, it seems that establishing a new Branch in this most prestigious part of London has to be carefully planned, and 27 Berkeley Square does not exactly have the potential for expansion (we are hoping to secure a contemporary photograph from the current owners for illustration). Having opened a Branch there on 20 February 1939, Martins occupies the building around sixteen months, before moving round the corner to 11 Bruton Street, from where Banking transactions have taken place ever since.  This short flirtation with the romance of Berkeley Square is not forgotten however, and Martins’ office, even in its new location is fondly known as Berkeley Square Branch. As far as we know, there were no attempts by the bank to take that famous nightingale with them to Bruton Street!  The song incidentally, was written by Messrs Maschwitz and Sherwin in 1939…

Sep 1.jpg



Sep 1.jpg

1939 to 1964 Mr E C Shaw Manager MBM-Au64P54.jpg

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

Sep 1.jpg






Mr E C Shaw


1939 to 1964









Index Number and District:






11-16 Berkeley Square

Temporary Full Branch

27 Berkeley Square London W1

448  London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

MAYfair 0172

Counter Service

Mr E C Shaw Manager

Sep 1.jpg


25 December 1938

20 February 1939

June 1940

Two year lease taken by Martins Bank Limited

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to 11 Bruton Street