Martins Bank and Mottingham School, Mottingham, c. 1950


Mottingham's first school, on the right of the picture, opened in 1877 close to the Victorian developments in West Park and Mottingham Lane. It remained in use until severely damaged by a flying bomb on 18th June 1944. Pupils were then transferred to Ravensworth and Dorset Road Schools.

Remaining derelict for many years, in 1968 the site was used for a branch library.

Martins Bank arrived in the village in 1897, initially open just one day a week. Around the time of the first World War it took over these impressive premises.

Formerely it was a baker's, built in a style suitable for its location on the corner of up-market West Park in the 1890s.

Following amalgamation with Barclays in the 1960s the branch closed about 1990. The building is now a restaurant.

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