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Martins Bank 1928+

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image022Martins Bank’s Richmond branch is pictured here in 1940 – a grand and imposing enough building from the outside, it requires some quite imaginative shopfittings on the INSIDE – including strategically placed curtains (see below). Sadly, this lovely Branch is not long in the hands of Barclays before it is closed. 

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Friend of the Archive, Clinton Anderson, is sent to Richmond in 1967 and appointed Clerk in Charge of the new sub-Branch at KEW BRIDGE HOUSE.  Here he tells us a little about Richmond Branch and some of the staff who worked there…

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image080“I was at Richmond from immediately after Christmas 1967 until January 1971. During that time the manager was J. G. (Graham) Potter who was well known locally and was a J.P. He didn't live locally but at Norbury near Croydon. During my time the first chief clerk (I think he may have been titled Pro-manager) was Peter Thorogood and he was followed by Don Layzell. Overall, including the sub-branch, there were about 12 staff.  

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The branch was at 12 George Street and had a single imposing frontage. After it was closed in 1971/2 the building was taken over by Marks and Spencer next door. It must have had a preservation order on it so if you look at Google Maps with Street View® you can see the old frontage quite clearly in the middle of the M & S façade”.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2433

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1960 s Richmond Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-2433.jpg

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Images © Barclays Ref 30/2433

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1938 to 1940 Mr F C Rouse MBM-Sp66P07.jpg

1949 to 1951 Mr R G Thackeray MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1950 to 1953 Mr E A R Northam MBM-Su66P05.jpg

1962 to 1964 Mr A V Hayes-Allen MBM-Su64P03.jpg

1965 to 1968 Mr PR Thorogood limited authority MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

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Mr F C Rouse

On the Staff

1938 to 1940

Mr R G Thackeray

On the Staff

1949 to 1951

Mr E A R Northam

On the Staff

1950 to 1953

Mr A V Hayes-Allen

On the Staff

1962 to 1964

Mr P R Thorogood

Limited Authority

1965 to 1968


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Index Number and District:






11-17-70 Richmond (Surrey)

Full Branch

12 George Street Richmond Surrey

446 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 940 4991 / 6960

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J G Potter TD Manager

Sub Branches

11-17-70 KEW BRIDGE

13 October 1938

15 December 1969

21 May 1971


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-72-18 Richmond Surrey George Street

Closed and business moved to 8 George Street