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Goodbye “Paris fashions”…

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Bristol is amongst the first of the new wave of British Universities that opens in the 1960s. The realisation that student business represents the chance to acquire and keep loyal customers with a large future earnings potential is enough to put Martins at the forefront of bidding for retail space on the many campuses that start to appear all over England and Wales.  Here, we have a rare chance to see a part of Bristol that is changed by the arrival of a University Branch in 1960.  The images below show first the J Roussel shop at No 7 Queens Road, and its stunning transformation into a branch of Martins.

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Branch and Advertising Images © Barclays Ref 0030/0425 and 0025/0659

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… hello Student Customers!

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How to make your money go further


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Inside, everything is as you would expect from Martins, including a spacious banking hall, and a private office in which to discuss those tricky problems such as how to make your grant money go further! This advertisement showing the “grabbing hands” of those likely to be after a slice of your student grant, is printed in newspapers and magazines, and can be tailored to include contact details for local University Branches of Martins Bank. In 1967, Mr P J Randle, becomes a successful import from the staff of LEWIS’S BANK, which Martins Bank sells that same year to Lloyds Bank.

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11962 to 1967 Mr G Hesketh Clerk in Charge MBM-Su67P02

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Mr G Hesketh

Clerk in Charge

1962 to 1967

Mr P J Randle


1967 onwards



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Index Number and District:






11-77-80 Bristol University

Full Branch

7 Queens Road Bristol 8 Somerset

153 South Western

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bristol 28399

Night Safe

P J Randle Manager

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15 December 1969

18 November 1983


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-13-39 Bristol Whiteladies Road


Caffe Nero

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