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When Martins Bank opens a number of new Branches across England in 1938, the horrors of the Second World War are still just out of sight around the corner. The optimism of the Bank is expressed in the lavishness of the buildings it builds or converts, many designed to look old, traditional and safe – something that would appeal to those with money who might be tempted to switch their financial affairs from another bank.  At 45 George Street, the new Branch of Martins sits at the ground floor of one of croydon’s iconic buildings, the Woolwich Equitable Building Society Offices. Martins Bank MAgazine never visits Croydon, but in 1966 they do report on the retirement of Mr Chambers, who has managed the Branch for seventeen years…

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1951 Croydon Exterior October 51 CLOSE UP BGA No Ref

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/0771

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1966 02 MBM.jpg1949 to 1966 Mr W D Chambers Manager MBM-Su66P60.jpgon the eve of his retirement at the end of February Mr Chambers (Manager, Croydon) gave a party at the  Conservative Club, Croydon, for a large number of friends from all over the London District. His guests included Mr H. Ryder, Mr H. Taylor and Mr S. W. P. Barter. Before making the presentation the District General Manager spoke of Mr Chambers' success at Croydon branch during his 17 years as Manager, and also of his prowess in the field of sport, particularly hockey. Mr Ryder then presented him with a cheque and a book of signatures and wished him and his wife a happy and long retirement. Mrs Whale presented Mrs Chambers with a bouquet. In his response Mr Chambers thanked Mr Ryder for his good wishes and all those who had subscribed to his parting gift. Earlier in the day he had been entertained to lunch by the General Management in London. His career began at 68 Lombard Street in 1922 and he served at London District branches throughout, apart from four years in H.M. Forces. He was appointed Manager at Croydon in 1949.

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Full circle in Croydon…

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1951 Croydon Exterior October 51 BGA No Ref

Image © Barclays Property Services

 

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October 1951, and this fantastic image of the Woolwich Building in Croydon’s George Street displays its own future: – in a kind of “musical chairs” chain of events, Martins’ Branch closes, Barclays opens one and then closes it, the Woolwich takes over the building once more, and then Barclays takes over the Woolwich.  Truth is, as ever, stranger than fiction…

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1946 to 1949 Mr S E Pearman Manager MBM-Wi62P51.jpg

1949 to 1966 Mr W D Chambers Manager MBM-Su66P60.jpg

1956 to 1960 Mr J A Young MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

1956 to 1964 Mr A E Holland MBM-Au67P08.jpg

1957 to 1960 Mr D J Hill Pro Manager MBM-Wi65P05.jpg

1960 to 1964 Mr NB Bill Pro Manager MBM-Su64P03.jpg

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Mr S E Pearman

Manager

1946 to 1949

Mr W D Chambers

Manager

1949 to 1966

Mr J A Young

On the Staff

1946 to 1960

Mr A E Holland

On the Staff

1956 to 1964

Mr D J Hill

Pro Manager

1957 to 1960

Mr N B Bill

Pro Manager

1960 to 1964

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1964 to 1967 Mr W J Vaughan pro Manager MBM-Su64P05.jpg

1966 Mr H Beeby Manager MBM-Su66P03.jpg

1967 Mr EG Cole Pro then Assistant Manager MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

1967 Mr MS Allan pro Manager MBM-Wi67P06.jpg

BW Logo

BW Logo

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Mr W J Vaughan

Pro Manager

1964 to 1967

Mr H Beeby

Manager

1966 onwards

Mr E G Cole

Pro then Asst Manager

1967

Mr M S Allan

Pro Manager

1967

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index No and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-21-30 Croydon

Full Branch

45 George Street Croydon CR9 1EE Surrey

445 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 688 3803/4 & 4016

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Beeby Manager

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1938

12 December 1969

1971

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Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed

Re-opened by Barclays as 20-24-71 Croydon Whitgift Centre

Closed

Public House

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