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Martins Bank 1928+

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Leading a double life…

Tubs Hill sub branch has actually been open since 1931, but only becomes known as Tubs Hill in 1968. For the intervening thirty-seven years, this building is actually Martins Bank Sevenoaks Branch!  It was always the intention that the Bank would find larger premises, and also ones that were much closer to the town centre than St Botolph’s Road. However, for one reason or another, the move to London Road does not take place until the merger with Barclays is almost complete.  Whilst Tubs Hill Sub Branch is not responsible for processing its own work on the premises, it is staffed and open for the full banking week including Saturday mornings. Additional branches have been opened in Kent ever since the creation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins in 1918, and this is an important part of the country for Martins Bank. There are fifteen original “grasshopper” branches of Martin’s Private Bank, and amongst them, many of the original Kentish branches are, by the 1930s, being subsumed into the ever growing sprawl of “Outer London”. That the Bank continues to open Branches in Kent right up to the Merger, shows that new areas of local wealth often bring good personal and business connections with them.

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1970 Tubs Hill Exterior BGA Ref 30-2589

All Branch Images © Barclays Ref 30/2589

Whether the original choice for the location of a Martins Bank Branch is good for the long term, might be measured by how long that Branch has continued to survive under Barclays’ ownership.  When compared with the fate of some of the larger sub offices of the Bank, Tubs Hill actually fares quite well and remains open until the end of 1992.

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1970 Tubs Hill Exterior BGA Ref 838-125 (2)

1970 Tubs Hill Exterior BGA Ref 838-125

All Branch Images © Barclays Ref 30/2589

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Index Number and District:






11-69-70 Tubs Hill 

Sub to Sevenoaks

5 St Botolph's Road Tubs Hill Sevenoaks Kent

430 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130


Counter Service Only

Mr E Wilson Manager (Sevenoaks)




15 December 1969

30 November 1992


Originally opened by Martins Bank as Sevenoaks Branch

Address changed to 5 St Botolph’s Road

Branch becomes Tubs Hill Sub Branch

Barclays Bank Limited 20-76-56 Sevenoaks London Road


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