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Martins Bank 1928+

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ximage002Having acquired a number of Kentish branches through its amalgamation with Martins Private Bank, the Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens further branches in the area in the mid 1920s. The Bank is soon however more concerned with financing a number of expensive major projects.

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Extracts from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts Barclays

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Image BT 1934

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These include the re-building of 68 Lombard Street, and the construction at Water Street, Liverpool, of a palatial new Head Office building. A number of smaller branches fall casualty to these plans and even those that have only just been opened are not spared the axe in what becomes the first period of consolidation in the history of the modern day Martins Bank. A sub-Branch is opened at Bickley near Bromley in 1923, but the Bank closes it in 1928 and opens another at Otford, near Sevenoaks. Until 1931, it is a sub-Branch under the control of Swanley. The parent branch then changes to Sevenoaks. In the end however, Otford fares little better than Bickley, being open only until 1936.

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The opening hours for Otford sub-Branch seen listed here in Kellys Directory of Kent ( 1930) - cover a six day banking week which along with having its own telephone line is often a sign of a brisk trade at a small Branch but this is still not enough to save Otford. If you can help with memories or images of this or any of the 970+ buildings that are used by Martins Bank as Branches, please do get in touch with us at the usual address

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Index Number and District:






11-732 Otford

Sub to 11-784 Swanley 1928-1930

Sub to 11-732 Sevenoaks 1931-1936

Sevenoaks Road Otford Kent

430 London

Mon to Fri 1100-1530

Saturday 0930-1130

Otford 65

Counter Service Only

Mr N F Harris Manager (Sevenoaks)

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30 June 1928


16 July 1936

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Parent Branch changed from Swanley to Sevenoaks