1967 Taunton Exterior 20 BGA Ref 30-2889

Image © Barclays Ref 30-2889

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Martins Bank opens its original Taunton Branch opens in 1938 at 21 FORE STREET.  By the mid-sixties the Bank is looking for a more prominent spot from which to do business, and moves up the road number seven, and a grand building previously owned by Lloyds Bank. Do not, however, be fooled by the traditional conservative exterior – on the inside the new branch is given the full swinging sixties treatment, as we shall see in the images below which are from the Barclays collection.  We have no recorded visits to No 7 Fore Street by Martins Bank Magazine, but in 1949 they do feature the original Branch. You can read more by clicking on the link to 21 Fore St shown above.

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1967 Taunton Interior 22 BGA Ref 30-2889

Image © Barclays Ref 30-2889

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1967 Taunton Interior Lampshade CU BGA Ref 30-2889We think by the way, that this rather strange object seen floating just above head height is some kind of lampshade.  At the same time it does look scary enough to start floating around the office following and checking up on people as they do their banking – perhaps it was inspired by 1960s TV dramas such as “The Prisoner” or “The Avengers”, who knows…

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1967 Taunton Interior 19 BGA Ref 30-2889

Image © Barclays Ref 30-2889

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The giant sinister floaty thing is seen here from another angle, as we look from behind it and back across the banking hall to the door.

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1967 Taunton Interior 14 BGA Ref 30-2889

Image © Barclays Ref 30-2889

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A clash of décor, and some squeaky chairs to embarrass nervous customers whilst they request an overdraft.  Here, and in the image of the counter below, ashtrays abound in the day when smoking was known to be dangerous, but no-one seemed to care…

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1967 Taunton Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-2889

Image © Barclays Ref 30-2889

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Good condition, four careful owners!

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Finally, we couldn’t resist a comparison of the famous banking names above the door at No 7 Fore Street down the years.  The lettering becomes gradually smaller as the options for covering up the original stone carved lettering make it more difficult for each new owner to make their mark!  After the merger with Barclays in 1969, the Branch stays open for a further fourteen years, closing its doors to the public for the last time early in 1983.

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1966 Taunton Exterior as Lloyds Bank CU - BGA Ref 30-2889

1967 Taunton Exterior 20 CU BGA Ref 30-2889

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1976 Taunton Exterior as Barclays CU - BGA Ref 30-2889

Images © Barclays and Google®

 

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For staff details prior to 1966, please visit 21 FORE STREET Branch

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1963 to 1966 Mr JF Hearle Ltd Auth then pro Manager from 1966 MBM-Sp66P05.jpg

1964 Mr MM Parkinson Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1964 to 1967 Mr R J Williams pro Manager from 1967 MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1965 Jasmine Dauben Cashier MBM-Wi65P59.jpg

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Mr J F Hearle

Limited Authority

1966

Mr M M Parkinson

Manager

1966 onwards

Mr R J Williams

Pro Manager

1966 onwards

Miss Jasmine Dauben

Cashier

1966 onwards

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-51-80 Taunton

Full Branch

7 Fore Street Taunton Somerset

197 South Western

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Taunton 84412/3

Nightsafe Installed

Mr M M Parkinson Manager

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-51-80 TAUNTON

Full Branch

21 Fore Street Taunton Somerset

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Taunton 84412/3

Nightsafe Installed

Mr M M Parkinson Manager

Sub Branches

Title:

Type:

Address:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-51-80 TAUNTON CATTLE MARKET

Sub to 11-51-80 Taunton

Taunton Livestock Market Taunton Somerset

Tuesday 1000-1400

Saturday 0900-1130

Taunton 84412/3

Counter Service Only

Mr M M Parkinson Manager

1966

15 December 1969

25 February 1983

2015

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-85-25 Taunton Fore Street

Closed


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