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2013 Exterior as Sandtander Bank - GMSV MBAThe Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens a Branch in Chislehurst High Street in 1922, and it becomes the main Branch of the Bank in the town  Prior to this, the main office has been Water Tower Branch, at Chislehurst Common – an original Branch of Martin’s Private Bank – which is downgraded, and survives as a sub-Office until 1966 when local redevelopment sees the demolition of the Water Tower itself. You can read more about that Branch on our CHISLEHURST WATER TOWER page, in a feature written for Martins Bank Magazine in 1948 by the then Manager at Chislehurst, Mr H Monk.  There are no Martins period photographs of Chislehurst High Street, but we do have this somewhat blurry glimpse building as it looks today, courtesy of our friends at Google Maps. If you can provide us with a clear contemporary photograph, please do get in touch with us at the usual address – gutinfo@btinternet.com. In 1965, Martins Bank Magazine drops in on the retirement celebrations for another of the Bank’s longest serving members of staff -  Manager Mr Thorogood, who has been on the staff of the Bank for forty-five years…

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1952 to 1965 Mr R E Thorogood Manager MBM-Sp65P54.jpg1965 01following his retirement from the man­agement of Chislehurst branch on 31 December, Mr Thorogood entertained some 90 past and present colleagues at the Chisle­hurst Water Tower sub branch on January 5th. Mr H. Ryder (District General Manager), in a speech during which he presented a cheque to which many of Mr Thorogood's old friends had subscribed, made reference to the fact that Mr Thorogood had entered the service of Cocks, Biddulph and Com­pany in 1919 and was the last to retire of those who had joined the private bank prior to its absorption by Martins.  Of his 45 years' service, 25 were spent as a manager, at Eltham from 1939 to 1952, and thereafter at Chislehurst. He had taken a very active part in local affairs, from which he would be greatly missed, and he had for many years been an enthusiastic golfer and a keen supporter of the Bank's Golfing Society. Mr Ryder also reminded the guests that Mrs Thorogood, to whom a bouquet was presented by Miss Hilary Elsegood, had been on the staff of the Bank before her marriage and that their two sons, who have both been in the Bank for some years, had married members of the staff.  He closed by expressing the hope of all present that Mr and Mrs Thorogood would have a long and happy retirement in their new home at Ashford, Kent. In his reply Mr Thorogood entertained the company with reminiscences of his early days in the Bank and an amusing account of some of his wartime experiences. He closed by thanking his colleagues very warmly for their generosity, and his staff for their loyal support over the years.

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1936 to 1952 Mr H Monk Manager MBM-Au52P52.jpg

1937 to 1940 Mr A B Chudley MBM-Au67P08.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr H K Williams MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1939 to 1945 Mr W H Gurney signing auth MBM-Sp63P52.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr S Brookes joined the bank here MBM-Su66P03.jpg

1945 to 1950 Mr H C Bradwell Pro Manager from 1948 MBM-Su64P04.jpg

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Mr H Monk

 Manager

1936* to 1952

Mr A B Chudley

On the Staff

1937 to 1940

Mr H K Williams

On the Staff

1938 to 1940

Mr W H Gurney

Signing Authority

1939 to 1945

Mr S Brookes

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Mr H C Bradwell

Pro Manager

1945 to 1950

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1952 to 1965 Mr R E Thorogood Manager MBM-Sp65P54.jpg

1953 Mr K A Messeter 2 MBM-Wi53P28.jpg

1953 to 1959 Mr D B Woolgar MBM-Su67P04.jpg

1953 to 1964 Mr J Pope Pro Manager MBM-Wi64P52.jpg

1954 to 1959 Mr S E Davidson MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1956 Mr I M Howlett joined the bank here MBM-Su63P26.jpg

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Mr R E Thorogood

Manager

1952 to 1965

Mr K A Messeter

On the Staff

1953

Mr D B Woolgar

On the Staff

1953 to 1962

Mr J Pope

Pro Manager

1953 to 1964

Mr S E Davidson

On the Staff

1953 to 1959

Mr I M Howlett

Joined the Bank Here

1956

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1965 Mr H Glover Manager MBM-Sp65P04.jpg

1967 Brenda Andrews Staff Member MBM-Sp67P47.jpg

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Mr H Glover TD

Manager

1965 onwards

Miss Brenda Andrews

On the Staff

1967

 

 

 

 

Title:

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Services:

Manager:

11-79-20 Chislehurst

Full Branch

63 High Street Chislehurst Kent B27 5BE

404 London

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

01 467 5615/6

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Glover TD Manager

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Title:

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Telephone:

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Manager:

11-79-20 CHISLEHURST WATER TOWER

Sub to 11-79-20 Chislehurst

Camden Close Chislehurst Common Kent

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Chislehurst 615

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Monk Manager 1934 to 1952

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1936

15 December 1969

5 May 1972

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-21-01 Chislehurst 63 High Street

Closed

Currently

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