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image018Martins Bank’s Branch in the Birmingham Markets area opens at 72 Jamaica Row in 1936, and for the next twenty-eight years it serves the banking needs of this bustling area of the City. 

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Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts 1937 © Barclays

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1966 Refit and Rebuild MBM-Au66FC.jpgTime, as they say, marches on, and by the end of the 1950s it is clear that this part Birmingham needs to be redeveloped.  Ambitious plans are put forward to build the Bull Ring Centre, and in 1964, Markets Branch having been bulldozed as part of this exciting new project, Martins opens up shop in Smithfield House DIGBETH.  In the same year, the development of the Broad St/Five Ways area sees another of the Bank’s original Birmingham Branches meet a similar fate when FIVE WAYS is relocated to EDGBASTON.  

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The new branches may not have quite the same charm (or the discomfort) of the originals, but they show perfectly how Martins embraces the challenges of the 1960s, not least the architectural ones!  We really would love to find images of Birmingham Markets and Five Ways Branches and  if you can help, please contact us at gutinfo@btinternet.com .

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1937 to 1942 Mr F A Goodman Manager MBM-Sp62P48.jpg

1948 to 1954 Mr E R Carr MBM-Sp67P51.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr R W Bywell MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

1951 to 1960 Mr K R Chance Limited Auth from 1954 MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1953 to 1954 Mr W E Clowes joined the bank here MBM-Sp67P04.jpg

1955 to 1961 Mr K W Edwards MBM-Su67P08.jpg

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Mr F A Goodman

Manager

1937 to 1942

Mr E R Carr

On the Staff

1948 to 1954

Mr Reg W Bywell

On the Staff

1950 to 1951

Mr K R Chance

Limited Authority

1951 to 1960

Mr W E Clowes

Joined the Bank Here

1953 to 1954

Mr K W Edwards

On the Staff

1955 to 1961

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1956 to 1961 Mr D W Hall Manager MBM-Sp65P03.jpg

1960 to 1961 Mr J E Davies MBM-Su67P08.jpg

1960 to 1961 Mr R S Arrand Pro Manager MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1961 to 1964 Mr J B Cullen Manager MBM-Au64P06.jpg

1961 to 1964 Mr W D Beardsley Ltd auth then Pro Manager 1962 MBM-Su67P04.jpg

BW Logo

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Mr D W Hall

Manager

1956 to 1961

Mr J E Davies

On the Staff

1960 to 1961

Mr R S Arrand

Pro Manager

1960 to 1961

Mr J B Cullen

Manager

1961 to 1964

Mr W D Beardsley

Limited Authority

1961 to 1964

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-37-30 Birmingham Markets

Full Branch

72 Jamaica Row Birmingham 5

587 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

MIDland 1276/0173

Counter Service only

Mr J B Cullen Manager (1961-1964)

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2 November 1936

1964

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Demolished and business moved to Smithfield House Digbeth

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