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Martins Bank 1928+

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Martins Bank opens a Branch at Taunton in 1938 at 21 Fore Street, from where the Bank’s business will be conducted for the next twenty-eight years.  By the early sixties the Bank is looking at its portfolio of Branches keen to ensure that the maximum footfall is achieved – i.e. that passing trade finds each branch conveniently located.  In the days before the convenience of cash machines in pubs and shops, this is something that banks are particularly engaged in, as in the early part of the twenty-first century, the dynamics of the High Street change almost daily.  This is in sharp contrast to the decline we are seeing in the twenty-first century where the high street is fighting for its very survival against shopping – and of course BANKING from home… 

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1940 s Branch Exterior from Postcard CU MBA

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection – Valentine and Successors

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In 1966 Taunton Branch relocates to No 7 FORE STREET, a traditional looking bank building on the outside, but a striking declaration of the swinging sixties on the inside.  The original Branch at Taunton has one visit from Martins Bank Magazine, in the middle of 1949, and above, we are fortunate enough to have (most of) an image of 21 Fore Street, which was taken in the early 1940s…

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1949 03 MBM.jpgWe took the train to Taunton and called upon Mr. Thompson and his little staff round about midday. There are many compensations for those who leave the more populous areas of the north and south-east to establish the emblem of the Liver and the Grasshopper in distant places, and not the least of the compensations attend those who come to the South-West.

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Image © Northcliffe Media Limited Image created courtesy of

THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD Image reproduced with kind

permission of The British Newspaper Archive


Mr. Thompson lives in a farmhouse eight miles out­side the town, centred in some of the loveliest country in England. His is not a factory district, but a farming community.  Like his colleague in Bath, Mr. Thompson is a keen Territorial Army Officer and is Colonel of the 630 Medium Regiment R.A. (T.A.), and served throughout the last war. He commenced his career in the Bank of Liverpool at Preston in 1925 and since 1928 has served the Bank at 68, Lombard Street. He became Manager at Taunton in 1946. His second man, S. B. Evans, commenced his career at Blackpool in 1929 and reached Taunton in 1948 after spells at Blyth, Bedlington, Northumberland Street, Cardiff, Newport and on Head Office Relief. He served in H.M. Forces from 1940-1946.  Miss Buller joined the bank at Taunton in 1947. Between them they worthily maintain the Bank's reputation for courteous and cheerful service and the branch, nicely sited at the Town Centre is justifying the faith of those who started it there.

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1938 to 1948 Mr F H Mathias MBM-Sp65P54.jpg

1946 to 1964 Mr J D C Thompson Manager MBM-Su64P58.jpg

1949 Miss Buller MBM-Au49P28.jpg

1949 Mr S B Evans MBM-Wi63P05.jpg

1955 to 1963 Mr M Henderson Signing Auth from 1960 MBM-Wi63P11.jpg

1955 to 1963 Mr M Henderson Signing Auth from 1960 MBM-Wi63P11.jpg

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Mr F H Mathias

On the Staff

1938 to 1948

Mr J D C Thompson


1946 to 1964

Miss  Buller

Joined the Bank Here


Mr S B Evans

On the Staff

1948 to 1956

Mr D G M Bray

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1957

Mr M Henderson

Signing Authority

1955 to 1963


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1962 to 1963 Miss C M Ingram joined the bank here MBM-Wi63P11.jpg

1962 to 1963 Miss M C Winslade joined the bank here MBM-Wi63P11.jpg

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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Miss C M Ingram

Joined the Bank Here

1962 to 1963

Miss M C Winslade

Joined the Bank Here

1962 to 1963

Mr J F Hearle

Limited Authority

1963 to 1966

Mr M M Parkinson


1964 onwards

Mr R J Williams

Pro Manager

1964 to 1967

Mrs Jasmine Dauben (Miss J M Mills until marriage)

Cashier 1965

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Index Number and District:






11-51-80 Taunton

Full Branch 

21 Fore Street Taunton Somerset

197 South Western

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Taunton 3891

Nightsafe Installed

Mr M M Parkinson Manager

16 May 1938



Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Moved to 7 Fore Street

Fashion Outlet


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