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Martins Bank 1928+

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Martins Bank opens its Branch at Ratae Coritanorum in 1935. Ratae Coritanorum? Ė Well, yes thatís Leicester to mere mortals such as you and I.Leicester is one of six towns to feature in Martins Bankís popular 1940s advertising campaign ROMAN TOWNS in which the artist Geoffrey Wedgwood was commissioned to provide drawings that represent major and historic British towns, giving an idea of how they might have looked in Roman times when each was occupied either as a stronghold or an outpost of Roman Britain.†† The campaign starts in 1949, and is used again and again over the next decade until the bank has a major re-think of its advertising policy.You can read more about this in our ADVERTISING feature.Leicester has two branches of Martins Bank.

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In Service: 16 September 1935 until 15 November 1985

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1960 s Leicester Hotel Street Exterior 3 Close Up BGA Ref 905-156.jpg

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0905-0156

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The second Branch is of course the legendary DRIVE-IN BANK at CHARLES STREET, which opens in 1959, and for which Martins Bank seeks maximum publicity.Hotel Street makes it through the merger with Barclays in 1969, remaining open until 1985, just managing to celebrate a total fifty years (and two months to the day) in service! We are indebted to Rex Kellett for this photograph (right) of the original Martins Coat of Arms placed above the door of Leicester Hotel Street Branch in 1935.Rex had contacted us to say a member of the family had acquired the brass sign from a former Manager of the Branch, and we were amazed to see how well preserved it has remained.It is not often that original signage turns up, and when it does it is often damaged.This is a wonderful example, and we are grateful to Rex for taking a number of pictures of his find to be kept within the Archive.

1949 Ratae Coritanorum (Leicester) mu MBA

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections - Geoffrey Wedgwood

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Our thanks go also to Rob Hancock - who has provided us with a number of contemporary images - for this 2014 shot of Leicester Hotel Street Branch.Known today as The Friary, it appears you will still receive the same warm welcome previously enjoyed by customers of Martins BankÖ

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Image © Barclays Ref 0033-0325

 

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections - Rob Hancock

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1935 to 1936 Mr J B Hall Pro Manager MBM-Su56P49.jpg

1935 to 1946 Mr G H Shepherd Manager MBM-Su55P50.jpg

1936 to 1942 Mr L C Jones MBM-Au66P52.jpg

1939 to 1939 Mr D C Bardsley MBM-Sp66P03.jpg

1946 to 1947 M Hollway MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1946 to 1953 Mr J L Shenton Manager MBM-Au59P06.jpg

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Mr J B Hall

Pro Manager

1935 to 1936

Mr G H Shepherd

Manager

1935 to 1946

Mr L C Jones

On the Staff

1936 to 1942

Mr D C Bardsley

On the Staff

1939

Mr M Hollway

On the Staff

1946 to 1947

Mr J L Shenton

Manager

1946 to 1953

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1952 to 1969 Mr D C Gibson MBM-Au69P59.jpg

1953 to 1964 Mr A S Tillotson Manager MBM-Wi64P54.jpg

1954 to 1955 then 1960 to 1967 Mr D Fielden Assistant Manager from 1967 MBM-Wi67P05.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr C J Barker MBM-Wi67P05.jpg

1964 Mr GL Jackson Manager MBM-Wi64P08.jpg

1969 Mr R A Franklin Pro Manager MBM-Au69P10.jpg

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Mr D C Gibson

On the Staff

1952 to 1969

Mr Ambler S Tillotson

Manager

1953 to 1964

1954 to 1955 and 1960 onwardsMr D Fielden

Assistant Manager 1967

Mr C J Barker

On the Staff

1962 to 1965

Mr G L Jackson

Manager

1964 onwards

Mr R A Franklin

Pro Manager

1969 onwards

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

Gallowtree Gate††††††††††††††

Town Hall Chambers Trustee

8 Horsefair Street Inc Tax

Aylestone Park

Belgrave

117-119 Belgrave Gate†††

Birstall

Blackbird Road

Charles Street

Clarendon Park

Fleckney

Highfields

116a Narborough Road††††

Town Hall Square

King Richardís Road††††††††

North Evington

Rothley

Uppingham Road

DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

3 Hotel Street

150 Belgrave Gate

London Road

 

INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL FINANCE CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEWISíS BANK LIMITED

Humberstone Gate

 

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

High Street

Buckminster Road

Charles Street

East Park Road

Evington Road

Granby Street

Humberstone Park

King Richardís Road

London Road

Melton Road

Narborough Road

 

 

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

Hotel Street

Charles Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

Granby Street

Charles Street

Market Place

Aylestone Park

Barkby Road

Belgrave Road

East Park Road

High Street

Hinckley Road

Humberstone Road†††††††††

216 Melton Road

London Road

Narborough Road

94 Belgrave Gate

Uppingham Road

Queens Road

Wolverton Road

Woodgate

NATIONAL BANK LIMITED

102 Belgrave Gate

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

Granby Street

Aylstone

Buckminster Road

Belgrave Road

Charles Street

Clarendon Park

Evington Road

London Road

Narborough Road

Uppingham Road

University

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNITED DOMINIONS TRUST

 

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

Charles Street

2 St Martins

Aylestone

Belgrave

Birstall

Clarendon Park

Evington Road

12 Greyfriars Trustee

Hinckley Road

Humberstone Road

North Evington

London Road

Narborough

186 Uppingham Road

Woodgate

WILLIAMS DEACONíS BANK

Horsefair Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

YORKSHIRE BANK LIMITED

 

 

 

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-37-50 Leicester Hotel Street

Full Branch

1 Hotel Street Leicester LE1 5AU

585 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Leicester 50621/2

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G L Jackson Manager

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Leicester Drive-in Bank

16 September 1935

15 December 1969

15 November 1985

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-48-92 Leicester Hotel Street

Closed

Lilliput (aka Sandbanks)

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