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Martins Bank 1928+

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Martins Bank’s presence in Birmingham begins in 1935 with the magnificent City Office premises at 98 COLMORE ROW.  From then until 1967 the Bank continues to consolidate its position by opening a further nine branches: MARKETS, TYSELEY, Five Ways, HOCKLEY HILL, KINGS HEATH, SMALL HEATH, HOLLOWAY CIRCUS, EDGBASTON (Replaces Five Ways Branch), and DIGBETH (Replaces Markets Branch). In 1964 the Broad street and Five Ways area of the City is redeveloped, and Five Ways Branch is closed. This is to make way for the famous (and some migh say infamous) Bull Ring Shopping Centre, which in the twenty-first Century has itself been bulldozed and replaced!  The Bank’s business transfers to a nearby newly built branch at Edgbaston. At the same time Martins’ branch at Birmingham Markets is also demolished to make way for the Bull Ring Centre, and is reopened at Smithfield House, Digbeth. Sadly we have still to trace any images of Five Ways Branch which was open for ten years from 1954, but some members of the staff are featured in our gallery below.

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Birmingham Daily Post 16 September 1954

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

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There’s a new Branch of Martins Bank on the way!

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…and there is a new Manager to go with it! Our thanks once more to our friends at the British Newspaper Archive for this story taken from the Birmingham Daily Post of 16 September 1954.  The opening of the new Five Ways Branch is second here to the concise history of its new Manager, Michael Hollway. Distinguished War service and a good record with volunteer organisations, Mr Hollway will go on to serve as Manager at Five Ways from 1954 until 1959.

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Mr Michael Hollway has been appointed manager of the new branch of Martins Bank. Ltd , to be opened on September 9 at Five Way 140/1, Broad Street Birmingham.  This is the third branch of the bank in the city.  Mr. Hollway was born in Yorkshire and educated at St. Peter’s School, York.  He served in various branches of the bank In Yorkshire and Lancashire before 1939. when he was commissioned in the York and Lancaster Regiment.  During service In India and Burma he reached the rank of Major, being awarded the M B E and mentioned in despatches.  He returned to the bank in Leicester, subsequently spending three years at the Head Office in Liverpool.  His last appointment was in Nottingham.  Mr Hollway has been in the Junior Chamber of Commerce movement for many years and resigned as deputy president of Nottingham Junior Chamber of Commerce on his move to Birmingham. He has also been honorary treasurer of Nottingham Round Table, and was keenly interested in youth work in that city.

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Image and text © Trinity Mirror, September 1954.  Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive


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1954 to 1959 M Hollway First Manager here MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1961 to 1964 Mr W E Clowes MBM-Sp67P04.jpg

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1947 to 1956 Mr R W A Burns joined the bank here MBM-Wi61P45

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Mr M Hollway

First Manager Here

1954 to 1959

Mr W E Clowes

On the Staff


Mr T Collingwood


1959 to 1963

Mr R W A Burns

Clerk in Charge

1963 to 1964



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Index Number and District:






11-60-30 Birmingham Five Ways

Full Branch

140 Broad Street Birmingham 15

567 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

021 454 0937/8

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R W A Burns Clerk in Charge (1964)

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September 1954


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Demolished and business relocated to Edgbaston

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