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Orpington is one of the original branches of Martinís Private Bank that together will help build the national prescence of the newly created Martins Bank Limited from 1928 onwards.The old bankís fifteen branches are in London and the South East, many in the Kentish towns that border with the Capital.There is also a sub branch at St Mary Cray, but this is closed for the Second World War and not re-opened.Orpington Branch is amongst those taken on by Barclays, and it lasts until 1977. Despite the age and also the historical dignificance of this Branch it seems that Martins Bank Magazine did not feel it necessary to visit!

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1960 s Orpington Interior 1 BGA Ref 30-2185

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2185

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Apart from the two internal images shown on this page, and a small staff gallery, we only have the following short piece about the retirement of Mr N A Beet on the last day of 1968Ö


1969 01 MBM.jpgat Mr Beet's request, ceremony was dispensed with when he retired as Manager at Orpington on 31 December. Mr Chudley, second-in-command, wished him a very long and happy retirement on behalf of all the staff.

1957 to 1969 Mr N A Beet Manager MBM-Sp69P57.jpgSep 1.jpg

Mr Beet was presented with a bound book con≠taining the signatures of many colleagues and friends, together with a handsome cheque.

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Mr Beet entered the Bank at Darwen in 1924 and moved to London in 1928. Apart from four years with H.M. Forces his career continued in the London Dis≠trict and he was appointed Manager at Mottingham in 1955 and at Orpington in 1957.

1960 s Orpington Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-2185

Image © Barclays Ref 30/2185

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1941 to 1941 Mr J W T Cotter  MBM-Au66P02.jpg

1941 to 1946 Mr S E Pearman Manager MBM-Wi62P51.jpg

1946 to 1947 Mr J S Ford joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1946 to 1957 Mr W H Gurney Manager MBM-Sp63P52.jpg

1948 to 1950 Mr P A Raymond joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P06.jpg

1953 to 1955 Mr L H Wilson MBM-Su68P49.jpg

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Mr J W T Cotter

On the Staff

1941 to 1941

Mr S E Pearman


1941 to 1946

Mr J S Ford

Joined the Bank Here

1946 to 1947

Mr W H Gurney


1946 to 1957

Mr P A Raymond

Joined the Bank Here

1948 to 1950

Mr L H Wilson

On the Staff

1953 to 1955

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1957 to 1969 Mr N A Beet Manager MBM-Sp69P57.jpg

1959 to 1962 Mr J W Booth MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

1967 Mr AB Chudley pro Manager MBM-Au67P08.jpg

1969 Mr I H W King Manager MBM-Sp69P11.jpg

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Mr N A Beet


1957 to 1969

Mr J W Booth

On the Staff

1959 to 1962

Mr A B Chudley

Pro Manager


Mr I H W King


1969 onwards






Index Number and District:






11-64-60 Orpington

Full Branch

88 High Street Orpington Kent

412 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Orpington 20192

Nightsafe Installed

Mr I H W King Manager

Sub Branches



18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 January 1977


Martinís Private Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-64-44 Orpington 88 High Street


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