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London is swinging, and all over England and Wales Martins Bank is busy planning and opening new branches.  In  Buckinghamshire it’s the turn of Chesham, which will open as a sub-Branch to Martins Bank’s office at 35 High Street High Wycombe.  At the same time, a  rash of similarly styled Branches is making a splash on our High Streets. See also ASHFORD, MAINDEE, BRISTOL NEWFOUNDLAND STREET and NEWPORT COMMERCIAL ROAD. 

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/0624

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Like two trains unaware of an impending collision, Martins’ Branches programme, and Barclays’ existing branch portfolio will inevitably work against each other in some parts of the Country, and sadly for Martins, many of its newest branches will become casualties of the rationalisation of merging the two banks. The Chesham Branch does survive until 1972, a little longer at least, than dozens of branches destined to end their days on 12 December 1969, three days before the merger of Barclays and Martins Branches. Chesham proudly bears the sculpture of the Grasshopper of the South, saluting the southern roots of the bank, and Martins’ Coat of Arms can also be seen on the branch door, although the Liver Bird will soon disappear altogether from Martins Bank’s branding…

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/0624

 

 

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

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NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-67-40 Chesham

Sub to 11-67-40 HIGH WYCOMBE

3 Broad Street Chesham Buckinghamshire

462 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0930-1100

Chesham 3866

No Nightsafe

Mr R L Peters Manager (High Wycombe)

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1967

15 December 1969

1972

Currently

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-40-72 High Wycombe 35 High Street

Closed

Estate Agency

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