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We love to hear your comments, which you can either leave in the traditional way by email, or you can join us on our FACEBOOK® page and chat with former colleagues.  Below is a selection of comments and memories received by us here at Martins Bank Archive.  Not all comments received are shown on this page, as many are relevant to particular branches or departments, and have been incorporated into the feature pages for those branches or departments. If you would like to get in touch with former colleagues, or simply share your memories with everyone, please do send an email to the usual address: gutinfo@btinternet.com.  Don’t forget that you can also visit the online version of the Grasshopper Pensioners’ Newsletter.   For memories of Lewis’s Bank, you should now visit our Lewis’s Bank Archive micro-site, by clicking HERE .

 

Name:

Eric Hooks

Date:

November 2016

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1965 and onwards into Barclays until 1972

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Middlesbrough Linthorpe Road, Billingham Queensway, Stokesley

Comments:

I have only just discovered your website and had a fascinating couple of hours browsing through some old memories. I started work for Martins Bank at Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough on 2nd August 1965 as you will see from my copy of my 1st Employment Contract attached.

 

Oh what a different world we live in now. I spent my first 6 months filing customers cheques and was then reluctantly allowed to call off the ledgers to the statements with a very much older and experienced gentleman.

 

I think my career took a turn for the best when I applied for and achieved a place in The Bank’s North Eastern cricket team in 1966 when we visited London. I vaguely remember staying in a posh hotel in Shafstbury Avenue, not far from the infamous strip clubs of Soho. Oh what an introduction to life that trip gave me with a fabulous bunch of Geordies, oh yes, and some good cricket as well. I can’t remember any names apart from Mr Lamb (Peter? Or Paul perhaps), and George? Armstrong. That was the start of a very enjoyable time over the next 4 to 5 years on various tours around the country. If anyone can recall those days I would love to hear from you hookse@farmside.co.nz

 

I worked for short periods at a number of branches around Teesside, Stokesley and Queensway, Billingham with Malcolm Bruce as Manager. Barnard Castle after the Barclays merger and then back to the Barclays branch of Linthorpe Road Middlesbrough where I also ran the Eastbourne Rd agency.  

 

Life in the North East became very, very, monotonous and in 1972 my wife and I decided to emigrate to New Zealand where I worked for ANZ Bank for just short of 18 years. I later joined Trust Bank eventually becoming the Rural/Business Relationship manager in Central Otago where I currently live and still work semi-retired as a business consultant.

 

New Zealand has been wonderful to me but I still have great memories of my early working days with Martins Bank and would love to hear from anyone who worked in those branches during the mid to late 60’s, or if anyone has copies of the Bank’s magazines from those years.


Name:

Paul Thompson

Date:

October 2015

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1968 and onwards into Barclays until 1973

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Newcastle upon Tyne Wingrove and Newcastle Northumberland Street.

Comments:

My name is Paul Thompson and I joined Martin's Bank Wingrove (Newcastle upon Tyne) branch on 26th February 1968. What a pleasant surprise to find a website for Martin's Bank and also their employees. I was employed by Martins Bank (and Barclays) from 1968 until early 1973.  My job, of course, was the office junior and making the tea seemed to be a large part of it. Morning and afternoon tea was my responsibility and I can remember Mr. William (Bill) Teasdale, assistant manager, who always had to have the final cup poured from the (large) tea pot as he wanted the teaspoon to stand up straight in the cup, the tea was so thick. I also remember Miss Jackson , she used to make her own clothes and would ask the male members of staff if they had any old suits no longer required as a lot of them (including mine) were hand made by 'Jackson the Tailor' (a Newcastle clothing company). She would remove the labels and sow them onto her hand made clothes. The left hand first floor windows of the branch were the lunch room, overlooking the 'Wingrove Fish 'n' Chippy, how many times I went across the road for a portion as the smell just made you so hungry.

 

I was transferred in July 1968 to Northumberland Street (Newcastle city) branch, a few months before it closed and moved to a new location at Market Street. I remember the training school upstairs, especially as we had to let the trainees in as they started before the bank opened for business. It was a good way to see the new young ladies who had joined the bank!!! When it came to moving to Market Street we all had to come in at the weekend and help shift everything. When it had all been put into the removal vans I noticed that there was still a clock on the wall and mentioned it. "we're not taking it, if you want it take it", which I did and it is still ticking away nicely, keeping perfect time on a wall at my house nearly 50 years later. I remained at Market Street branch for about two and a half years. You have asked for information about the branch. As it was nearly 50 years ago my memory of names may not be accurate but Mr C S (Cyril) Robinson was the manager and Mr M.Ramsdale was the assistant manager (I think his Christian name was Mike). A funny incident happened while I was there with Mr Ramsdale, his typist asked him could she abbreviate his title as it was long, so he said OK. About one minute after taking all his letters into his room for signing he came storming out, "what have you called me?" She had abbreviated his title to Managers Ass.

 

We had 2 staff members who were ex Merchant Navy, the head cashier was Ron (Andrews?) and the other gentleman was Ernie ?. Other members of staff that I can remember were Kathy Keogh and Lynne Campbell. Our H.O. in Grey Street,  just around the corner from us had a canteen, so most lunch times we would walk there and have lunch. As I am sure many other cashiers did at the same time, during quiet times I would look through the silver coins for any pre 1937 coins and swap them over with my own money as they had, of course, a good silver content. Also I had a friend who was willing to pay 5 times face value for any pre 1937 halfpennies in good condition. I collected hundreds of them along with all my silver coins, I still have them all!!!  You mention on the website that it may have been called Haymarket, I never heard it called Haymarket branch (there was and still is a Barclays Haymarket branch, it is at the top end of Northumberland Street, which is called Haymarket, whereas Market Street is south of Northumberland Street).


July 1971 found me being transferred to Jesmond branch. 89-91 Jesmond Road (not 88-91 as mentioned on the website). For a time I was assigned to running the sub branch at 261 Jesmond Road, maybe running the sub branch is taking it too far as I went there 2 (or 3) mornings a week, parked my car around the corner at 5 minutes to 10 O'clock, opened up the branch, sat behind the counter while the security guard arrived and sat in the front part. He must have been at least 70 years old, small build and nicely decked out in his 3 piece suit and hat, but had we ever been robbed would have probably fainted. I would serve 3 customers until midday, then lock up and return to the main branch. I rose to the giddy heights of head cashier here, but the world was calling me and early 1973 I handed in my resignation. 3 of us bought a VW Kombi van with the intention of travelling overland to South Africa. We got as far as Spain and I spent 4 years working there before heading to Australia, where I have been living for nearly 40 years. Believe it or not but I spent 15 years working for a bank in Australia, the ANZ Bank (Australia & New Zealand Bank), not in any of the branches but I dealt with credit card facilities for the shops (I started off by introducing Visa card to Australia), then it progressed to providing electronic equipment for accepting credit and debit cards at the shops, and hasn't that taken off!!!!!


I returned to Newcastle in 2010, the first time in nearly 20 years and went and visited the branches I used to work at. Wingrove branch looks almost the same, the fish 'n' chippy is still across the road. Northumberland Street branch was unfortunately in the way of a huge development which is now one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. That's progress!!!! Market Street is now part of the Theatre Royal and is used as a booking office and cafe. 89-91 Jesmond Road is still there but now is offices, and 261 Jesmond Road, as mentioned, is a hairdressing salon, it still retains the drainpipe running down (no doubt it has been replaced at some stage). Although it is so long ago (I am 64 now) I had a very enjoyable 5 years working for the bank, with many memories coming back to me as I type this.


Name:

Keith Clarke

Date:

May 2015

When did you work for Martins Bank?

I was a customer.

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

I used to use Liverpool Aigburth Branch, and know the staff there.

Comments:

My name is Keith Clarke and I originally come from Liverpool.  I was carrying out some research into the Aigburth district of Liverpool and saw the old Martins Bank mentioned. I had an account there and remember it fondly – helpful and friendly staff and a very good manager. This led me to some further exploration and I came across the name of Gillian Ralphs. I was friendly with both her and her Brother, Peter.  Gillian was mentioned re The Argosy Players, an amateur drama group of Martins employees in Liverpool circa 1964/5.  Gillian was in the Toxteth Players also – a local Liverpool Church dramatic society.

 

Life moved on and I was working out of the country for many years and eventually settled down on the South Coast near to Eastbourne where I am now retired (at last) Of course I lost touch with my many friends in Liverpool. I often wonder what happened to friends from my Liverpool days and seeing Gillian  mentioned  certainly stirred a lot of memories – good ones I might add.  I was wondering if at all possible you could pass along my name – just to let her know that there are still some of her old friends still around.


Name:

Cheryl Parsons

Date:

May 2015

When did you work for Martins Bank?

I was a customer, and grand-daughter of Head Messenger, Tommy Parsons

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Tommy Parsons worked at Head Office, 4 Water Street, Liverpool

Comments:

I remember my Grandad telling me that the big bronze doors were stolen, I think it was after he retired and someone still there told him about it. It seems that some men dressed as workmen turned up removed the doors and took them away . There was a spare set of doors which must be the ones currently in use. My Grandad was in the Merchant Navy during the war and had some involvement in transferring the gold in to the vaults at Martiins bank. He showed me and my cousins the plaque on the wall and because it was such a familiar story to us I thought everyone knew about it. When they made the TV play about the story I was shocked that people didn't already know. I banked at Water Street from when I left school . My partner banked at Heywoods Branch and I remember going in there with him around 1978/1979 and they were displaying ships manifests detailing the cargo which were slaves, complete with drawings showing how the bodies were shackled and stored during the voyage. Other items were included in the display, very shocking to us but much better and illustrative than anything in the slavery museum. I wonder where all those items are now ?

 

My own memories of Martins bank must go back to 1959. I and some of my cousins used to go to Christmas parties there. I still have some photos and will send them to you.  We also were on the roof of the bank when Everton won the FA cup in 1966. They paraded through town ending with a balcony reception at the town hall. My Grandad was a lifelong passionate Everton supporter and had waited 33 years to see Everton win that cup again. We were there the next year for Liverpool, how privileged we were. Many years after he retired my Gran needed the deeds to their house which had been lodged at Martins, following his retirement, by then of course Barclays. The bank told my Gran they couldn't find them. I had a tenuous connection with the insurance dept of Barclays bank through my own job and phoned them. I spoke to the PA of the person I had asked for and told her what the issue was. Amazingly she remembered my Grandad and spoke of him with real affection, she must have been very young when he was there because this conversation must have been in the 1980s! She was so lovely, anyway, she found the deeds. Good old Martins Bank, one of their own came through. We felt of course, in line with my Grandads opinion that Barclays were inferior to Martins that it wasBarclays who had lost the deeds. My Great uncle worked as a messenger at Barclays as well. I will ask his daughter if she has anything. It's so nice to be recalling this, it's like a visit from my Grandad, thanks for the opportunity.

 

The Bank Christmas part heralded the beginning of Christmas for me. I think it must have taken place early in December but am not really sure. It was somewhere in the basement, we all had cardboard hats which seemed quite posh. From memory I always got the gold crown, I suspect my Grandad was one of the organisers as I remember that we were the first to arrive, which meant we got first pick of the hats! Father Christmas used to come in on a full size sleigh, it must have been on rollers I think. Your name was called and you went and collected a present. We all had to stand with our gifts to have a group photograph taken. Then as you were leaving you got a brown paper bag and I can't remember everything that was in it, there must have been some sweets but there was A TANGERINE. Food was very seasonal then so tangerines were something only readily available during the Winter. The  concentrated smell of tangerines being peeled and eaten in the car going home was lovely. What great memories that Bank gave us!


Name:

Betty Templin (nee Pickles)

Date:

April 2015

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1947 to 1966

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Bury

Comments:

I worked for Martins Bank in Bury from approx 1947 until I left to have my first child in 1966, starting off as a junior and making my way up to the position of second cashier.  I remember doing the London relief cover during the fifties and staying in a hotel to cover staff shortages in London. Would love to hear from anyone out there who remembers me or the branch my email is bettytemplin1930@gmail.com although at the age of 84 I don't actually do my own email but my daughter will print them off for me to reply to!


 

Name:

Carol Holliday 

Date:

December 2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

Winter 1968

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Coxhoe and durham University

Comments:

I started working for Martins  Bank on 16th December 1968 at Coxhoe  branch where Eddie  Summerbell was manager. I was there for 6 months before being transferred  to Durham University  branch with Peter Hind as manager. I have fond memories of being thrown in at the deep end on prison officers payday when a member of staff phoned in sick and being short staffed there was no alternative but for me to fill the gap. In 1970 I was transferred to Monkwearmouth branch where James Bruce was manager and spent many happy  years working between there, the new Sunderland North branch and the sub branch at Fulwell.


Name:

Geoff Hellewell

Date:

December 2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

Spring 1947 to merger, and beyond!

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Guiseley and Leeds District Branches

Comments:

I was delighted to discover the lengthy article about York Cattle Market Branch when logging into the Martins Bank site mentioned in the article in the Connection Magazine about Ambleside Branch.

 

I worked at the Cattle Market Branch as cashier in the busy winter period in 1953/4 whilst on the Harrogate staff. I went each week through two winters on the Thursdays when the Irish dealers were there.   Later I took charge of the Cattle Market Branch on many occasions as a relief Clerk in Charge whilst on the staff at Leeds District Office.

 

It was a memorable experience well remote from normal banking as well described in your article. Much was done by word of mouth without any signatures.  We gave the Irish dealers a Bank Draft at the end of the day for their sales less expenses BEFORE the English farmers' cheques were cleared.   We never made any bad debts at that time and if there was a "wrong 'un" on the market the word quickly  went round.

 

Mr. Hodge taught me how things were done and Mr. Bryan was there as guard. Then Fred Walker followed Mr. Hodge.

 

Later I succeeded Fred Walker as Chief Clerk in Leeds District Office and then as Manager at Bradford, Great Horton Branch where you shown my photograph and I would like it to be shown at the Cattle Market Branch, please.

 

After the merger I was an Inspector with Barclays and then in 1973 was made Manager of Westgate, Huddersfield Branch until just before it's closure in 1981 when I became Manager at Shipley, Bradford until retirement in 1988.

 

They were happy days in spite of much travelling from Otley and then Bradford causing long days.

 

I remember that the Cattle Market Branch was lit by gas light and the small room became awfully hot and stuffy.   Dealing with the Irish men was not always easy, particularly if  more than one was in the branch at the same time when settling up at the end of the day, they would only whisper their deals for secrecy from the others.

 

On one occasion I had to go across to the hotel at which they stayed when one dealer, Frank McGorty, was in a rush to leave and we completed his statement for the day's deals by shouting through the door whilst he had a bath!!!!   I then went back to the branch to draw his draft which was left in his room for him.


 

Name:

Barry Palmer

Date:

October 2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1966 to 1969

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Burnley and branches

Comments:

I joined Martins at Burnley St James St in mid 1966 as a new entrant. I left the Bank in October 1969 to emigrate to Canada to join the TD Bank in Toronto along with a Martins Bank colleague, John Procter. During the 3 and a bit years I was with the Bank  I worked at the following branches with the approximate date I worked in each location in brackets. Burnley (1966 to 1967) Habergham sub branch (1967) London relief staff various branches including Golders Green and Bruton St.(1968) Colne (1969) Trawden sub branch (1969).

 

I haven't seen it reported on the website but were you aware that there was a significant number of Martins staff recruited from Northern of England branches to work in London and Home Counties branches in the late '60s?

 

My recollection of that period of time, as an 18 year old from Burnley let loose in London, is somewhat hazy and suspect with the passage of time but I think there was perhaps upwards of 50 staffers from the north billeted in a 4 or 5 star hotel(s) for periods of up to 12 months to service staffing deficiencies in the London and home counties branches.

 

I would be curious to learn if you have any further information of London relief staff workers during this period.


 

Name:

Joan Daniels (now Ellison)

Date:

October 2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1960 to 1964

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Manchester District Branches

Comments:

I worked at Altrincham from 1963 to 1964, when I married. The manager was Mr.  Chatwin, also there were Graham Tickle, John Pendlebury, June Naylor, Kathleen Kenworthy, Andrea Burgess, Carole Duke(now Hallows), Foster(Robert?). My abiding memory is of dropping a ledger on to the fire extinguisher, releasing powder all over the office. The cleaner had to be paid an extra hour to sort it out! I am still great friends with Carole, both of us are widowed now, and our conversations always revert to the old days at Martins.Joan Ellison (nee Daniels).


Name:

Kathleen Jennison (now Patterson)

Date:

September 2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1965 to 1967

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough

Comments:

I worked at this Branch from August 1965 until August 1970 then left to begin Teacher training. Mr. Hopewell was the Branch Manager and Mr. Humble was the Assistant Manager. Mrs Gaines-Burrill was the Chief Cashier and staff I remember were, David Wren, David Robinson, June Bollands, Plym Knowles, George Rowlands (Oxford Road Sub-Branch) Happy days!


Name:

Michael Martin

Date:

28/06/2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

I was a customer from the age of 16

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

I banked at Liverpool City office

Comments:

I’ve just come across your website, and what memories it brought back. I remember what an eye-opener it was when I went into your Liverpool Head Office for the first time as a not quite 16-year old in late 1956, to open an account (and become Esquire!). Only a small proportion of better-off adults had bank accounts then (as you probably know), but my first employer, Booth SS Co, didn’t want to pay us in cash, so recommended us to Martins. My account was taken over by Barclays and I had it till this year, when they closed it - only 2 years short of 60 - as I had little in it and hardly used it; I wonder if I might have been one of their longest-standing customers. It meant I could get a Barclaycard just after they were issued, before I set off to Africa early in 1967 (and puzzled staff by trying to use it at Nairobi Airport till a BOAC manager came and explained it was ok and showed them how to use it). I must have been one of the first people in UK to get a credit card. (Such lost claims to fame!) My father ran a shop in Rumford St, which is now the entrance to Western Approaches. We had no idea what was underneath, and we assumed it would be the kind of storage vaults for the business tenants of the building, such as I was familiar with in Cunard Bldg, where the Booth Line offices were. You could wander round the 3 Graces, especially if you’d been in a couple of times to deliver or collect documents, as I did for my first year. There was no ‘security’, just uniformed Commissionaires, who would doubtless have turned away anyone looking dubious.

 

In those days each dock gate had a Police ‘sentry’ to check on anything suspicious going in or out; I had a pass provided by the Company so I could come and go to our offices in Queens and our ships, or anywhere, effectively. I was certainly no more than 17 (left school with O-levels at 15+) when the Chief cashier gave me a cheque and sent me up the road to Martins to cash it. I can’t remember the sum but it was to pay the crew of a ship that had just arrived after a round trip of several weeks to Manaus (“A thousand miles up the Amazon”, as the cruise brochure put it) where you could trans-ship to one of our smaller vessels and go another 1600 miles to Iquitos. During the voyage, the crew would be given advances for the few on-board purchases they might make and for spending their spare time on-shore and, on arrival back here, they would be paid in cash (officers by cheque or transfer) for their accrued earnings minus advances, so you can imagine the equivalent in present day terms (and some old Bank hands could probably work out approximately what it would have been in £sd). Can you imagine a 17-year old employee being given that amount of cash to transport nowadays (forget the robbery aspect)? Since I was paid £2.10s a week plus 5 half-crown luncheon vouchers (3 course waitress-served everyday food in the many little restaurants that accepted them), you can also imagine how many months’ pay I was trusted not to run off with.

 

At the ship, I sat next to the Purser, with one of the two copies of the pay document I had brought. Each crewman came in, was given the amount indicated, checked it and signed both copies, the Purser and I then countersigning (followed by large [duty-free] brandies in their Mess – one was enough to nearly knock me out). Again, what level of seniority or qualification would a business require for that nowadays? Almost certainly at least A-level or equivalent, a professional qualification or a degree. What for? The only guarantee needed, apart from trustworthiness, for which there are still no qualifications, is that you can do the necessary arithmetic, which then you would have been expected to manage in your head – though you will know that quaint machines called comptometers existed (how well I remember that attractive operator, Mary Meehan, over by the window in our offices!).


Name:

Pat Hart (now Hamza)

Date:

May 2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1951 onwards

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Blundellsands, Formby, Maghull, Bootle 99 Stanley Road, Bootle Linacre , Liverpool Staff Training…

Comments:

I was browsing through the Spring 2014 edition of Connection when I saw two photographs of myself and Mr E G (Ted) Shaw who were the first tutors in the Liverpool Training Branch which opened on 5th October 1959 in the office above Castle Street Branch. I was very proud of the fact that I was chosen to teach the new entrants and thoroughly enjoyed being with Ted. I well remember one trainee in particular, Eddie Gale, who later on in his career became the General Secretary of BGSU. I stayed in Liverpool until 1974 when I became Seconded Representative for NUBE covering the whole of the country – a job I really enjoyed. In 1977 I was transferred to Barclaycard, Northampton and stayed there until I retired in 1991. I wonder if there is anyone from my Liverpool days who remembers me – if so I would so like them to contact me. My email is patahamza@gmail.com


Name:

Dave Strike

Date:

March 2014

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1966 – 1969 them Barclays

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Lanchester, Consett, Blackhill

and North Eastern Relief Staff

Comments:

I was browsing the Martins archive site when I saw the restoration of Blackhill branch and the new owner Angela Moran asking for any memories of when the branch was open.

 

In the late 60's when I was very very young, I worked at the branch; Ron Morton was my boss. I think I had the oldest, worst ever Ford Anglia in the world to get me the two or three miles from Delves Lane to Blackhill each working day.

 

Each morning we would open up, switch off the alarm, go down to the safe and load up with the cash cans and I would set up the till whilst Ron would do whatever. Once that was done, it was my job to make the tea and sort out the biscuits before we opened the door at 10.00.

 

The counter was made of wood and was quite wide, no screens or anything to stop anyone jumping over. Many a time, when we were tucking into our lunch time sandwiches, or fish and chips from Parisi's fish shop next door, we would hear a tap tap on the counter and I would go and see that Ron or me, probably me, had left the old wooden cash draw unlocked with the keys dangling there. How times have changed.

 

It was such a long time ago I can't remember much else, we used to sort through the silver looking for pre, I think, 1937 half crowns and florins. Remembering that, I think I may still have some in a draw somewhere.

 

Worked at various places after that – Consett, Annfield Plain, Chester-le-Street, Grey Street, Collingwood Street, Low Fell, King Street South Shields, Newburn, Radbroke Hall; whilst there on various projects at Lombard Street, Old Broad Street, Fenchurch Street, The Strand, Canary Wharf, Pool International, Birmingham New Street and then back home to work at Byker and Haymarket in Newcastle before, like many more Managers in the late 90's, being given the opportunity to leave and find pastures new.

 

When we returned back home from our few years away in Cheshire, we settled down less that a couple of miles from Blackhill branch at Shotley Bridge. Just shows, what goes around comes around.


Name:

Derek Mills derek.mills.77@gmail.com

Date:

December 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1959

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Liverpool City office

Comments:

Christmas greetings to all former Martins’ staff and especially to those responsible for this wonderful website and those who worked at Liverpool City Office in 1959 (when I retired at the age of 24)! Although I lost touch during four years of study and some pretty tough assignments after that, I often think about City Office and now, at the age of 78, I would really like to know where everyone has got to and how you are keeping.  All good wishes for a Very Happy Christmas and much joy in the New Year. Derek Mills


 

 

 

Name:

David J. Watson djwatson45@yahoo.co.uk

Date:

September 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1963-1969 then Barclays until 1995

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Benwell, Jesmond, Wallsend and Byker plus Relief and Visiting Inspection

Comments:


As the current chairman of the Newcastle Spread Eagle Club I would encourage the ex-Martins staff of my club and the others to support Jonathan's website by providing him with information, memories and memorabilia, etc relating to their time "under the sign of the Grasshopper".

 


Name:

Margaret Lawrence entartnash2@aol.com

Date:

September 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

early 1960's

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Markets Branch, Jamaica Row, Birmingham

Comments:

I started work at Martins Bank, Jamaica Row, Birmingham Markets Branch. My nickname was "Polly" and I worked for the manager Don Hall and later on with Bill Cullen when Mr. Hall was transferred. I remember John Willis and Billy Broomhall and Minnie Ferryman’s was there in the early 60's and then moved to Monaco.

 


Name:

Ken Ambrose kenambrose@hotmail.co.uk

Date:

September 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

c1959-c1968

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Great Crosby, Relief,211 Stanley Rd, Heywoods

Comments:


love to hear from anyone who remembers me

 


Name:

Ellen Garrod

Date:

August 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1957-61 and 1969-1971

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Lombard Street Ledger Department

Comments:

Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and the great time we all had on the second floor. We worked hard but it was a happy place to work in. I left in 61 to go to America with a friend who also worked there but returned in 69 to the same department.

 


Name:

Dave Baldwin

Date:

August 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1966 until 'The Fateful Day'

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Keighley and Silsden

Comments:

Thanks for this Jonathan and please do continue the good work. I really do hope that all remaining former Martins staff who visit this site will also sign the Visitors' Book and also become Members of 'The Grasshopper Pensioners' Club'. I also look forward to reading other memories of the great days of working for Martins in the future.

 


Name:

David Baxter

Date:

August 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1964 -1969

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

Several in the Craven District

Comments:

I worked at Barlick to Keighley where in 1969 we were appointed unofficial receivers for the ailing Barclays Bank Limited. The National Provincial, Distinct, Westminster merger brought about National Westminster, we thought we were to be called MARS BARS!

 

 

Name:

Alicia Blaney (now Alicia Russell)

Date:

June 2013

When did you work for Martins Bank?

1967

Which Branch(es) and/or Department(s)

did you work at?

London 88 Wigmore Street

Comments:

My first job was with Martins Bank at 88 Wigmore Street, we later moved to Duke street. Would love to be in touch with any other colleagues - Linda Brierley was one I particularly remember. The secretary was Mrs Charlesworth. I also remember going to lunch at Oxford Circus where there was a canteen. I have a feeling it was a Barclays Bank. You have stirred up lots of memories!

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WHILST MARTINS BANK ARCHIVE HAS NO CONNECTION WITH THE DAY TO DAY TRADING ACTIVITIES OF THE BARCLAYS GROUP OF COMPANIES, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE CONTINUED GENEROUS GUIDANCE, ADVICE AND SUPPORT OF BARCLAYS GROUP ARCHIVES IN THE BUILDING AND SHAPING OF THIS ONLINE SOCIAL HISTORY.

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