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Martins Bank 1928+

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Prestatyn branch opens in 1938, another example of the mock tudor effect favoured by Martins Bank in the design of many of its new Southern and Western branches in the first half of the twentieth century, largely to give an impression of history and stability.  1947 sees the appointment of a new manager at Prestatyn, who will hold the post continuously until his retirement in 1965 – Mr F A Chadwick.  He is the focus of our two short features, his appointment being covered by a brief announcement in Martins Bank Magazine’s Winter 1946 edition, and his retirement by a longer article in the Spring 1965 issue. During its first two years the Magazine regularly features newly promoted Managers alongside images of their new Branches, but sadly this feature does not last beyond the first few editions. The retirement features are, on the other hand a popular fixture from the first to the very last edition of the Magazine, and today they provide us with invaluable information about those they depict.


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In Service: 10 November 1938 until 5 May 1972

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030-2343

1946 04 MBM.jpg1946 Mr F A Chadwick at Appointment as ManagerMBM-Wi46P20.jpgMr F A Chadwick, the new manager of Prestatyn Branch entered the service of the Bank in 1923 at Sefton Park Branch. After service at Liverpool City Office, Central, Head Office Relief, Breck Road and Smithdown, he joined H M Forces.  After demobilisation he went to Wrecsam, where he became Pro Manager in 1945, a position he vacated to assume his present position at Prestatyn on 1ST September 1946.


1965 01 MBM.jpg1946 to 1965 Mr F A Chadwick Manager MBM-Sp65P60mr chadwick retired from the management of Prestatyn branch at the end of January, and on February 5th he and his wife entertained at home some 30 colleagues and friends many of whom had travelled a long way. Mr I. Buchanan (Liverpool District General Manager) spoke of him as a 'kindly, lovable gentleman' who had been a great sportsman in his youth and he praised the great services he had performed for the Bank over 42 years and particularly for local organisations in his 19 years as Manager at Prestatyn. It was known that Mr Chadwick wished for a greenhouse and the presentation money was therefore handed to him by Mr Buchanan in the form of a bill of exchange drawn on a local firm and accepted payable at Prestatyn branch, colleagues associated with the gift endorsing the bill. A bouquet was presented to Mrs Chadwick from the staff. Mr Chadwick entered the service at Sefton Park branch in 1923 and worked at Merseyside branches prior to joining Wrexham branch in 1943 where, two years later, he received signing authority. He became Manager at Prestatyn in 1946.

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1938 to 1946 Mr F Snape Manager MBM-Su62P52

1945 to 1946 Miss M C Jones Clerk in Charge MBM-Au46P29

1946 to 1965 Mr F A Chadwick Manager MBM-Sp65P60

1954 to 1957 Mr S F P Rocke MBM-Sp65P07

1965 Mr JN Smith Manager MBM-Sp65P09

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Mr F Snape


1938 to 1946

Miss M C Jones

Clerk in Charge

1945 to 1946

Mr F A Chadwick


1946 to 1965

Mr S F P Rocke

On the Staff

1954 to 1957

Mr J N Smith


1965 onwards


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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-92-60 Presatyn

Full Branch

141 High Street Prestatyn Flintshire

73 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Prestatyn 3441

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J N Smith Manager


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Poynton (Cheshire)

10 November 1938

15 December 1969

5 May 1972

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-69-81 Prestatyn 141 High Street


Primet Bridge (Colne)


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