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Martins Bank first opens a Branch at Guildford in 1939,  choosing to locate the office at 150 High Street, and by 1961 it has moved to much larger premises situated a little further along the High Street.

In Service: 1961 until 12 June 1970

Our staff gallery below covers those at the branch from 1961 onwards, whilst our page for 150 HIGH STREET shows the staff who worked at the original office between 1939 and 1961.  Sometimes branches are relocated in order to provide a more convenient service to customers.  Guildford has moved in order to expand the business and be closer to the shoppers and other customers of the Bank.  Someone who worked at both sites was Mrs C J W Broughton. She retires in 1969 after thirty two years’ service with the Bank including four years of War Service with the A T S.  The following article from Martins Bank Magazine recounts a letter written to the Bank by Mrs Broughton, praising her wonderful “send-off”…

 

A really marvellous two days…

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1947 to 1969 Mrs C J W Broughton MBM-Su69P60.jpg1969 02 MBM.jpg“My last two days at the Bank were really marvellous”, wrote Mrs Broughton when replying to our letter asking for a photograph. She went on to tell us that she had lunched with Miss White (London District Lady Supervisor), a very old friend from her Clearing Department days, then had tea with Mr Turnbull in the afternoon, afterwards meeting a number of her old friends from the pre-war era, all ‘still going strong’. The next day she had lunch with Mr Little (Man­ager, Guildford) and a customer, whom she had known since she joined the Guildford staff in 1947. ‘This customer and another bought us champagne so that all the staff were able to drink my health in the afternoon,’ she wrote. ‘Mr Little then presented me with a Parker pen and ball point on behalf of the staff and made such a kind and charming speech I was quite overcome.’ Her ‘really perfect day’ was rounded off in the evening at the local hostelry with the branch staff. Mrs Broughton entered the Bank in 1937 at 68 Lombard Street, from where she joined the A.T.S. in 1942.  She re-entered in 1946 at London District Office, moving to Guildford the following year.

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172 High Street Guildford barely survives the merger with Barclays, and closes in 1970, the local Barclays Branch being retained as better placed to serve local private and business customers.

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1947 to 1969 Mrs C J W Broughton MBM-Su69P60.jpg

1961 to 1965 Mr RHG Beatrip Manager MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1965 Mr P Little Manager MBM-Au65P04.jpg

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Mrs C J W Broughton

On the Staff

1961 to 1969

Mr R H G Beatrip

Manager

1961 to 1965

Mr P Little

Manager

1965 onwards

 

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

Friary Square                                      

High Street

Trustee

 

DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

237 High Street

 

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

29 High Street

District Office

Executor & Trustee Dept

Cattle Market

Q.E. Barracks W R A C personnel        

Upper High Street

Woodbridge Road

 

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

172 High Street

 

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

High Street 

Burpham

10 Madrid Road

University

Woodbridge Road

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

151 High Street

 

 

 

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UNITED DOMINIONS TRUST

187 High Street

 

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

High Street

Income Tax Dept

Market

Eastgate

Wood bridge Hill

 

WILLIAMS DEACON’S BANK

10 North Street

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

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Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-20-40 Guildford

Full Branch

172 High Street Guildford Surrey

451 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Guildford 68337

Nightsafe Installed

Mr P Little Manager

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1961

15 December 1969

12 June 1970

Moved from 150 High Street

Barclays Bank Limited 20-45-36 Guildford 172 High Street

Closed

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