Martins Bank 1928+

When Martins Bank begins its expansion across England and Wales, temporary premises are often taken for the Bank to get a foothold in a town or village until purpose built offices are completed.  The Bank sets up business in Rhyl at No 7 Bodfor Street on 5 Jan 1939, and by early 1940 it has moved to the Town’s High Street. There it will stay  - for thirty more years – until the merger with Barclays puts an end to Martins Bank’s long involvement with this part of North Wales.  As a full Branch of the Bank, Rhyl opens for the full six day banking week. Of the original Branch Staff we have just the one image for our Staff Gallery below – Mr K Harris-Hughes who is Manager at Rhyl for the years of the Second World War, 1939 to 1945. The Bank takes the opportunity to publicise the opening of THREE new branches in the same week, with various newspaper advertisements naming Rhyl, Reading and Plymouth. Each of them is a temporary Branch, intended to move within a short space of time to more permanent premises….

In Service: Thursday 5 January 1939 until 1940






1939 JAN 02 Opening Announcments for Plymouth Geo St Reading 6 Stn Rd and Rhyl 7 Bodfor St Liverpool Post BNA MBA

Liverpool Post 2 January 1939

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

Image reproduced with kind permission

of The British Newspaper Archive

Extract from Martins Bank Annual Report and Accounts for 1939 – © Barclays

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Image © BT 1939



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Mr K Harris-Hughes


1939 to 1945











Index Number and District:






11-701 Rhyl

Full Branch

7 Bodfor Street Rhyl Flintshire

78 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Rhyl 4097

Counter Service

Mr K Harris Hughes Manager



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Thursday 5 January 1939


opened by Martins Bank Limited in temporary premises

Moved to 52 High Street Rhyl

Rhyl High Street


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