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Just who’s in charge?

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In 1920, the Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens a sub branch at College Road Hextable, under the control of their BROMLEY office. The following year, the parent Branch is changed to SIDCUP and the next year it is changed again to SWANLEY, which remains in charge of Hextable until its closure in 1972. At this time the Bank of Liverpool and Martins does open and close a number of sub-Branches in Kent, and apart from the listings seen here, taken from the Annual Report and Accounts of the Bank, there is no further evidence to explain why the care of this little sub-Branch seems to have been passed from pillar to post so much in its early years.



Image © Barclays 1920



Image © Barclays 1920

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Image © Barclays 1921

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Image © Barclays 1921

Although many branches are closed at the time of, or just before the 1969 merger of Martins Bank with Barclays, there is also a period of adjustment into the early seventies, when Barclays has to decide the economic benefits of keeping or closing certain outlets. That Hextable only opens for two hours each Monday and Thursday is a good indication that it may well cost too much to keep open, and Barclays is of course already well represented in this part of Kent.

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Index Number and District:






11-44-80 Hextable

Sub to 11-44-80 Swanley

College Road Hextable Kent

411 London

Mon and Thu 1000-1200

No Saturday Service

Swanley 2237

Counter Service Only

Mr J W Booth Manager (Swanley)


3 January 1928

15 December 1969

28 December 1972


Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-84-40 Swanley


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