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image074The Southwards expansion of Martins Bank continues through the 1960s, and in 1964 produces another showpiece branch in Birmingham.  The new office at Edgbaston is one of the earliest to feature a new and much bolder standard font for signage, and the building chosen – Radclyffe House - is a clear statement of 60s design, and similar in many ways to Martins’ rebuilt branch at PRESTON FISHERGATE. 

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1964 Birmingham Edgbaston exteriorBGA Ref 30-214


Sadly there are no visits to the new Branch by Martins Bank Magazine, but there are these few precious photographs of the building in the Barclays collection of Martins Bank photographs, including some post-merger comparisons below. Raycliffe house serves Barclays until June 1986.


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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/0214

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A chance now to see this Branch from a shorter time perspective than our usual “then and now” feature. Radclyffe house is seen here both inside and out in 1964, and in 1976, some twelve years after being opened, with ten years remaining under new owners Barclays…


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All Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/0214

1964 Birmingham Edgbaston interiorBGA Ref 30-214

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1965 to 1968 G S Gallagher Manager MBM-Su65P08.jpg

1967 Mr DA Melling pro Manager MBM-Su67P06.jpg

1967 Mr WE Clowes pro Manager MBM-Sp67P04.jpg

1968 Mr JT Parsons pro Manager MBM-Wi68P07.jpg

1968 Mr PD Dyson Manager MBM-Sp68P05.jpg

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Mr G S Gallagher


1965 to 1968

Mr D A Melling

Pro Manager


Mr W E Clowes

Pro Manager


Mr J T Parsons

Pro Manager


Mr P D Dyson


1968 onwards


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Index Number and District:






11-60-30 Birmingham Edgbaston

Full Branch

66/68 Hagley Road Edgbaston Birmingham 16

567 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

021 454 0937/8

Nightsafe Installed

Mr P D Dyson Manager

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15 December 1969

6 June 1986


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-07-83 Birmingham Edgbaston Radclyffe House


This building comprises many businesses and offices