Martins Bank 1928+

Martins Bank’s first Branch in the City of Nottingham is MARKET STREET, which opens in 1931.  It might seem an inopportune moment to open another branch  in the midst of the Second World War, but the Bank’s second Nottingham Branch opens at Victoria Street on 6 June 1940.  The advertisement below (right), announces the opening of the Branch in the Nottingham Evening Post.

In Service: 6 June 1940 and still open today as a Branch of Barclays

Branch Images © 1941 Nottingham Evening Post - special thanks to Rob Hancock

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The Manager of Victoria Street is Mr H R Stone, who has already been the Manager at Market Street Branch for five years.  In 1954 it is time for him to hang up his Bank Tie for the last time, and look forward to a long a happy retirement.  Martins Bank Magazine takes a look at his career, and the festivities surrounding his retirement in their Autumn 1954 issue…

A long and distinguished career…

1954 03 MBM.jpgMr. Stone, one of the best-known managers in the service, retired at the end of May after nearly 43 years in the Bank. He is, incident­ally, the first manager in the Midland District to retire since the establishment of the District as a separate entity. Mr. Stone commenced his career in 1912 and after serving at Head Office, Breck Road and Walton, and was called to the Colours in August 1914, serving with the Liverpool Scottish in company with many other Bank colleagues. He was wounded at Ypres in 1915 and later that year was commissioned in the South Lancashire Regiment in which he served until June 1919, being seriously wounded on the Somme in 1916. He resumed his banking career at Blundellsands and after a period of seven years at Head Office became Manager at Colwyn Bay in 1927.  He was appointed Manager at Market Street, Notting­ham, in 1935 and of Victoria Street, Notting­ham, in 1940. On the afternoon of May 31st, Mr. J. A. Naisbitt, Midland District General Manager, on behalf of many of Mr. Stone's old friends and colleagues, presented him with a leather suit-case and a hold-all as a token of their warm regard for him and referred to his long and distinguished service in the Bank. In the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Stone entertained the members of the staff at Victoria Street and the Manager and Pro Manager at Market Street branch, to dinner.

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Image reproduced with kind permission of

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Mr. M. Hollway proposed Mr. Stone's health, and in reply, Mr. Stone gave an interesting description of the various stages of his career, and in the course of his speech drew various lessons which he thought might assist the younger men in their future days in the Bank. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Mrs. Stone. Mr. and Mrs. Stone are hoping to visit Athens, Palestine and Egypt next year, so that with travelling, gardening and some treasurership duties retirement prospects are indeed bright.

A complete change…

Whilst there are currently no images of Nottingham Victoria Street Branch, we can bring you this view of the building that now stands on the original site, another contemporary photograph from our friend Rob Hancock.  Rob explains a little more about the circumstances that lead Barclays to move away from, and then back to, this part of Nottingham:

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{“The present Barclays High Street Nottingham branch is now the ONLY branch in the city centre and stands on the site previously occupied by Martins Victoria Street. When I worked there, trolleybuses used to pass by here on the route from St Anns Well Road to Wilford Bridge. The Martins branch closed on amalgamation with Barclays, the business transferring to St Peters Gate, but it became necessary to re open the Victoria Street site as a “counter extension” to relieve pressure on St Peters Gate, eventually closing when the site was redeveloped as Barclays High Street.”}

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Image © 2013 Rob Hancock

 

When we put the two branch images side by side, it is clear that whilst today’s Barclays building is modern, it does, thankfully, retain a fair degree of dignity.

 

Image © 1941 Nottingham Evening Post

 Image © 2013 Martins Bank Archive Collections - Rob Hancock

 

1940 to 1954 Mr H R Stone Manager MBM-Au54P47.jpg

1945 to 1946 Mr F Needham joined the bank here and 1959 to 1959 MBM-Au66P05.jpg

1950 to 1954 M Hollway Pro Manager MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1954 to 1956 Mr E R Carr Manager MBM-Sp67P51.jpg

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Mr H R Stone

Manager

1940 to 1954

Mr F Needham

Joined the Bank Here

1945 to 1946

Mr D Feather

Pro Manager

1946 to 1950

Mr W D Beardsley

Joined the Bank Here

1947 to 1949

Mr M Hollway

Pro Manager

1950 to 1954

Mr E R Carr

Manager

1954 to 1956

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1955 to 1959 Mr C A Bamford joined the bank here MBM-Su66P03.jpg

1956 to 1961 Mr RHB Whittam Manager MBM-Sp64P06.jpg

1955 to 1961 Mr T Jobling Manager MBM-Su60P39.jpg

1962 to 1967 Mr D B Woolgar pro Manager MBM-Su67P04.jpg

1967 to 1969 Mr K W Edwards pro Manager MBM-Su67P08.jpg

1969 Mr J Ratcliffe Pro Manager MBM-Su69P15.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Mr C A Bamford

Joined the Bank Here

1955 to 1959

Mr R B H Whittam

Manager

1956 to 1961

Mr T Jobling

Manager

1961 to 1969

Mr D B Woolgar

Pro Manager

1962 to 1967

K W Edwards

Pro Manager

1967 to 1969

Mr J Ratcliffe

Pro Manager

1969 onwards

 

BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

St Peter's Gate

Trustee Dept

Basford

Bracebridge Drive

Cattle Market

Marks and Spencer

Clifton Estate

Gedling

Lenton

Mapperley

Meadows

Milton Street

Alfreton Road

25 Chapel Bar

Ilkeston Road

Old Market Square

Ruddington

St Ann's Well Road

Sherwood

Sneinton

15 Victoria St Foreign

West Bridgford

CO-OPERATIVE WHOLESALE SOCIETY

15 Friar Lane

 

DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

1 South Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

Old Market Square

Alfreton Road

Bulwell

Carlton Street

Carrington Street

Chalfont  Drive

Exec & Ttee Dept

District Office

Mansfield Road

Radford Road

Sherwood

Sneinton

Tudor Square

West Bridgford

Wollaton Road

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

33 Market Street

Victoria Street

 

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

Victoria Street

Arkwright Street

Aspley

Bulwell

Carlton Hill

Clifton

Daybrook

Park House Friar Lane

Milton Street

Mapperley

16 Long Row

15 Long Row Exor&Ttee

New Basford

Old Basford

Sherwood

Radford

Sneinton

Tudor Square

West Bridgford

Western Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

South Parade

Exchange Walk Trustee

High Street

Basford

Bulwll

Daybrook

General Hospital

Radford

Sherwood

Sherwood Rise

Sneinton

Tudor Square

Walton House Granby Street

West Bridgford

OLD BROAD STREET SECURITIES

Rodney House, Castle Gate

 

SINGER & FRIEDLANDER

38 BrIdlesmith Gate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNITED DOMINIONS TRUST

25 St James Street

 

 

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

3 Thurland Street

Aspley

Bulwell

Canning Circus

Carrington Street

Lenton

Cattle Market

Friar Lane

Hucknall Road

Hyson Green

Mansfield Road

Mapperley

Market place

New Basford

St Ann's Well Road

Sherwood

Sneinton

4 Trinity Square

University

West Bridgford

WILLIAMS DEACON’S BANK

7 South Parade

Wollaton - 189 Bramcote Lane

Mapperley - 896 Woodborough Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YORKSHIRE BANK LIMITED

43 Clumber Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:

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Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-54-61 Nottingham Victoria Street                             

Full Branch

1 Victoria Street Nottingham NG1 2EY Nottinghamshire

558 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Nottingham 52046

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J Ratcliffe Manager

 

Nottingham Market Street

6 June 1940

12 December 1969

1970s

1990s

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business transferred to Barclays St Peter’s Gate

Re-opened as a “counter extension”

Demolished, rebuilt and renamed 2 High Street

Still open as a branch of Barclays

Blackburn Novas

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