Perhaps the most iconic venue at which Barclays customers have banked is the All-England Club sub-branch – which was situated directly below Wimbledon’s Centre Court, and opened its doors only for the fortnight of the Championships.
It was established in the 1930s by Martins Bank (which merged with Barclays in 1969) and operated on the site for several decades, before a new branch was built in the gatehouse as part of major works in 1997 by the All England Club.
An article in ‘Barclays News’ from 1997 features deputy manager Angela Finbow – seconded from her usual role as assistant customer service manager at Wimbledon’s Broadway branch – describing a very busy, but thrilling, working environment within the original sub-branch.
She tells how celebrity sightings were frequent – with many competitors paying a visit to cash in their prize money. “The queues never went, from the minute we opened until the time we closed… it’s the extraordinary atmosphere which grabs you. As you walk in through the gate you’re in a different world… I loved hearing the crowd roar just above my head.”