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Martins Bank 1928+

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Martins Bank’s Branch in the Birmingham Markets area opens at 72 Jamaica Row on the same day as the BBC Television Service begins - 2 November 1936, and for the next twenty-eight years Markets Branch serves the banking needs of this bustling area of the City. 

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Time, 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. 

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In the same year, the development of the Broad Street and Five Ways area sees another of the Bank’s original Birmingham Branches meet a similar fate when the business of FIVE WAYS Branch is relocated to EDGBASTON.   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! 

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Birmingham Daily Gazette 31 October 1936

Image © Trinity Mirror Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

 

 

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

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Birmingham Daily Post 30 October 1936

Image © Trinity Mirror Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

 

Martins Bank enjoys a good deal of support from the local press in Birmingham, in particular the Birmingham Daily Gazette, Post and Daily Post which over the years run quite wordy articles announcing the arrival in town of the latest Branch of the Bank. It is not all free publicity of course, and the Bank pays to have advertisements like the one shown above, and enjoys free articles like the one shown here (left).  Whilst customers know from the advert that the Branch will open at Jamaica Row, the article tells them it will actually be known as Markets Branch, and is on the corner of Jamaica Row and Moat row. We are somewhat intrigued by the use of a “rubber floor” in the public space – bouncy banking indeed?

 

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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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 Monday 2 November 1936

1964

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Demolished and business moved to DIGBETH

 

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