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Image not availableimage058What makes Martins’ Midland and South Western Districts unqiue, is that they comprise, almost exclusively, Branches that have been opened as new by the Bank.  In a departure from the Northern traditions of Martins, the Bank has built these districts from scratch, rather than by inheriting them as batches of the Branches of other banks.  Midland District starts with Birmingham City Office at 98 Colmore Row in 1935, followed a year later by a sub-Branch at Warwick Road, Tyseley. Birmingham Five Ways follows in 1954, and Hockley Hill in 1956.  Sadly there are currently no images to be found for this branch, either inside or out, so if you can help, please do get in touch at the usual address –  This Branch is not required by Barclays, who already have their own office at 175 Hockley Hill, and on the last working day before the 1969 merger, Martins Branch at 7 Hockley Hill is closed.   A year or so before this, the staff say goodbye to their Manager Mr Armitage, who is retiring from Hockley Hill after forty-two years with the bank…

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1968 01 MBM.jpg1956 to 1968 Mr W Armitage Manager MBM-Sp68P45.jpgA large gathering of banking and other friends met in the Masonic Hall, Walsall on November 29 to say goodbye to Wilf Armitage. The formal proceedings began with the presentation of a bouquet to Mrs Armitage by Miss Lesley Trivett, and Mr Turnbull then handed a cheque and a list of contribu­tors to Mr Armitage. He referred to their close association over many years in the Midland District and paid a tribute to his loyal service over 42 years and to his success in developing Hockley Hill branch since its opening in 1956. Speaking of Mr Armitage's reputation as something of a character, Mr Turnbull said 'He has always spoken his mind when he felt justified in doing so and has been guided by the strongest principles in his dealings with the Bank, his customers and especially the Staff Association'.


After thanking Mr Turnbull, Mr Armit­age acknowledged the help and support of his wife and then thanked his staff, past and present, for their keenness and help, adding a plea for loyalty from the Bank's staff to further the best interests of the institution which they serve. The gathering was then entertained to an excellent buffet meal by Mr and Mrs Armitage. Prior to his retirement Mr Armitage was entertained at District Office by Mr Turn-bull and the Local Board and later to luncheon by the Chief General Manager. He joined the Halifax Equitable Bank, subsequently working at Yorkshire bran­ches before moving to Liverpool in 1938. He served as a P.T. instructor in the R.A.F. during the war and his first appointment was as Assistant Manager at Walsall in 1951.

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1956 to 1960 Mr D E Lewis MBM-Wi65P04

1956 to 1968 Mr W Armitage Manager MBM-Sp68P45.jpg

1957 Mr J T Parsons pro Manager MBM-Wi68P07

1959 to 1961 Mr K D Mooney Joined the Bank here MBM-Su60P36

1960 to 1966 Mr W Alderton Limited auth from  1965 MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

1961 to 1965 Mr B W Evans MBM-Su69P14

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Mr D E Lewis

On the Staff

1956 to 1960

Mr W Armitage


1956 to 1968

Mr J T Parsons

On the Staff


Mr K D Mooney

Joined the Bank here

1959 to 1961

Mr W Alderton

Limited Authority

1960 to 1966

Mr B W Evans

On the Staff

1961 to 1965

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1966 to 1968 Mr W E Pemberton Limited Authority MBM-Au68P14.jpg

1968 Mr MD Ellison Manager MBM-Sp68P05.jpg

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Mr W E Pemberton

Limited Authority

1966 to 1968

Mr M D Ellison


1968 onwards





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Index Number and District:






11-70-40 Birmingham Hockley Hill

Full Branch

7 Hockley Hill  Birmingham 18

573 Midland

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

021 554 5722/3

Nightsafe Installed

Mr M D Ellison Manager

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12 December 1969


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Closed and business transferred to Barclays 175 Hockley Hill