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Dartford is one of Martins Bank’s oldest Branches, opened by Martin and Company in 1891, and carried on serving customers for almost one hundred and thirty years.  We are grateful to our friend Richard Michaud who has sourced the image (below left) taken in 1900 when Lowfield Street was flooded – note the usefulness of a horse and cart!  It takes more than a flood and two world wars to affect customer service – Dartford Branch is made of sterner stuff, and it is still open today, more than one hundred and twenty years since it was first opened. Dartford is never visited by Martins Bank Magazine, but we do have a good stock of staff portraits in our gallery below, along with more exterior and interior photos from our friends at Barclays. 

In Service 1891 until 14 September 2020

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1970 Dartford Exterior 1 BGA Ref 838-40

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0838/0040 and 0030/0802

Still guarded by Gresham’s grasshopper, and standing defiantly against the times, Dartford Branch continues bears the name of Martins for some time AFTER the merger with Barclays. Dartford is one of the longest serving Martins Branches, clocking up 129 years by the time of its closure in September 2020.

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1970 Dartford Exterior 2 CU BGA Ref 838-40

With thanks to Richard Michaud

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0838/0040 and 0030/0802

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1960 Dartford Wall Clock BGA Ref 30-802It’s five to ten, and the Branch is about to open – this is still the age when most banks open from 10am to 3pm AND on Saturday mornings.  The extra service this provides, particularly in rural areas where most sub-Branches are also open on Saturday is valuable to local traders. However, pressure from the banking union and staff associations brings about a new policy - removing the Saturday morning service, and opening for one hour longer on one evening each week…

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1960 Dartford Interior 1 BGA Ref 30-802.jpg

1960 Dartford Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-802.jpg

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0838/0040 and 0030/0802

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1917 Mr R T J Edwards joined the bank here MBM-Sp63P56.jpg

1923 Mr E C G Prentice joined the bank here MBM-Au67P55.jpg

1934 to 1937 Mr W H Kinghorn Manager MBM-Wi51P37.jpg

1939 to 1939 Mr HK Williams MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1940 to 1942 approx Mr J Pope MBM-Wi64P52.jpg

1942 to 1944 Mr KA Clark joined the bank here MBM-Wi67P05.jpg

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Mr R J T Edwards

Joined the Bank Here


Mr E C G Prentice

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W H Kinghorn


1934 to 1937

Mr H K Williams

On the staff

1939 to 1939

Mr J Pope

On the Staff

1940 to 1942

Mr K A Clark

Joined the Bank Here

1942 to 1944

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1946 to 1953 Mr E St G Tyrrell Manager MBM-Su65P54.jpg

1946 to 1955 CH Piper MBM-Su65P08.jpg

1966 Mr MV Stevenson pro Manager New Issues Dept MBM-Sp66P07

1952 to 1956 Mr AW Rose MBM-Su67P03.jpg

1953 to 1954 Mr J F O Burgess MBM-Su64P07.jpg

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Mr E St G Tyrell


1946 to 1953

Mr C H Piper

On the Staff

1946 to 1955

Mr M V Stevenson

Joined the Bank Here


Mr A W Rose

On the Staff

1952 to 1956

Mr A W George

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1962

Mr J F O Burgess

On the Staff

1953 to 1954

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1956 to 1960 Mr F R Ravenshear Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1961 to 1965 Mr H Weaver Limited Authority MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1966 to 1968 Mr R C Purkiss pro Manager MBM-Sp66P06.jpg

1968 Mr N Turner pro Manager MBM-Su68P13.jpg

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BW Logo

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Mr F R Ravenshear


1956 to 1960

Mr H Weaver

Limited Authority

1961 to 1965

Mr R C Purkiss

Pro Manager

1968 to 1968

Mr N Turner

Pro Manager

from 1968




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Index Number and District:






11-28-30 Dartford                                                     

Full Branch

24 Lowfield Street Dartford Kent

405 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Dartford 24768/9

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Heyes Manager



18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

14 September 2020

Opened by Martin’s Private Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-25-43 Dartford Lowfield Street

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

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