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Martins Bank 1928+

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image050With its origins firmly in the North of England, but with a good base of branches in London and Kent, Martins describes its early national expansion plans as pioneering – this is literally so, as the managers sent out to establish the new branches have often had to make moves of several hundred miles in the process.  By 1960, these pioneers have built up the Bank’s business in the South West of England and the South of Wales to the extent that Martins is able to establish a new district office in Bristol, which relieves neighbouring districts of controlling branches that geographically should not be part of their remit.  By 1968 even South Western District Office itself has to move to larger premises, such is the growth of this District. Paignton office opens in 1952, followed a year later by Barnstaple, doubling the number of branches in this part of Devon, previously represented by Exeter and Torquay. In our feature below, Martins Bank Magazine visits Paington nearly four years after it opens…

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We have not visited the South-Western branches since 1949 and so, having business in Cornwall at the end of April, we decided to include the branches which have been opened since our last visit. Paignton was our first port of call and we went there on the morning of April 26th. Those of us who perform our service in big places like Liverpool and Manchester can have little idea of the real family feeling which exists between a group of branches far away from Head Office, especially where newer offices have, in a sense, been hived off from the first one to be opened. This real working comradeship strikes the visitor from the North very strongly. 

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1960 s Paignton Exterior BGA Ref 30-2222

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2222

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1960 s Paignton Interior (1) BGA Ref 30-2222.jpg

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In the first place, the Manager and the second man of the parent branches have come from one of the older districts, and, not being natives of the place in which the new branch is being opened they are thrown together by the bond of their common " exile " in a way which makes for friendship.  The engagement of local young men and women to whom the Bank is, in the first instance, nothing more than the manager of the local branch, helps to give the new branch roots, but they in turn see the example of friendliness set by the senior men.  And so you have just those kind of branches which, especially in the newer districts, give our bank its special friendly and intimate character for friendship. In the case of Paignton it could not have started so well without the background of our carefully cultivated business in Torquay. Mr. H. A. Robinson, who has charge of the branch, started his career at Torquay Office in 1938 and has been at Paignton since it opened in 1952. His wife was on the staff at Torquay, and so the relationship couldn't be much closer. The two young men, Mr. R. J. Williams, an excellent second-in-command, and Mr. A. C. Robinson both commenced their service at Torquay and so did Miss A. I. Griggs whose father, formerly in Lloyds Bank, now runs an hotel in Paignton.

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2222

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Our office occupies an island site in a good position, and is light and attractive in every way. We were very pleased indeed to be able to entertain Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and to make the acquaintance of their very attractive small daughter, the type of little lady who must have provided Mabel Lucie Attwell with her models.

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1952 Mr H A Robinson Manager  MBM-Su56P18.jpg

1955 to 1959 Mr R J Williams MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1956 Miss A L Griggs MBM-Su56P18.jpg

1956 Mr A C Robinson MBM-Su56P18.jpg

1962 to 1966 Mr J A Young MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

1966 Mr EC Thornhill First Cashier MBM-Au66P39.jpg

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Mr H A Robinson

Opened this Branch as Manager 1952

Mr R J Williams

Branch Second

1955 to 1959

Miss A L Griggs

On the Staff


Mr A C Robinson

On the Staff


Mr J A Young

On the Staff

1962 to 1966

Mr E C Thornhill

First Cashier





Index Number and District:






11-73-60 Paignton

Full Branch

11 Victoria Street Paignton Devon

161 South Western

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Paignton 59568

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J D Pratley Manager


15 December 1969

16 January 1981


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-65-78 Paignton Victoria Street


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