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Martins Bank 1928+

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A new building for a new age…

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image010Most of Martins Bank’s District Offices are also home to branches of the bank, known as City Offices.  None is larger or grander than Liverpool City Office which occupies the ground floor of 4 Water Street, and whose hive of activity – the horseshoe – can be seen by all who visit to transact business.

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1932 Water Street vignette from OTL Booklet BGA Ref C50

Image © Barclays 1932

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Those of us who at any time have been lucky enough to be able to work at Liverpool City Office, must surely have been deeply saddened if not somewhat angered to learn of the sale of the building in 2003 with a temporary lease-back of the banking hall.  From travelling at almost breakneck speed between floors in the 1930s lifts, to eating well for next to nothing in the fantastic eighth floor restaurant, the magic of the building has at one otime or another offered something to everyone.   We were therefore delighted to be contacted at the end of 2009 by a group of Liverpool University arts students, who following an online visit to our archive, obtained permission from the new owner to use the building to re-stage one of Martins’ most iconic advertisements. Following a newspaper advertisement in 1966 declaring that Martins’ Staff wouldn’t turn a hair if you came into your local branch with an elephant, someone actually did! The three year old daughter of the owner of Flamingo Land went into York branch with a baby elephant. 

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Image © 2009 Colin Eccleston

NOVEMBER 2009: AT THE FAMOUS HORSESHOE COUNTER, A CUSTOMER TAKES MARTINS BANK AT ITS WORD BY BRINGING AN ELEPHANT ALONG WITH THEM!

A BEMUSED “MESSENGER” LOOKS ON…

This is just the kind of stunt to attract the attention of a national newspaper at the time, but sadly we are prevented from reproducing their story directly. We are however able  to bring you the story from the horse’s - or should that be the elephant’s - mouth – as Ian Gibb, who staged the stunt, tells all in our feature IN THE LIMELIGHT, where you will also be able to see a larger image of the advertisement. Meanwhile, top marks go to our Liverpool students for such an imaginative take on the event!

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The dream becomes a reality…

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1930 – These rarely seen images show the site cleared and ready for the building that will be known as 4 Water Street

Images © Barclays

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1930 The site is cleared to build the new Head Office MBM-Su56P29

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

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So much has already been written and displayed on this site about the lavish premises at 4 Water Street, that there is not much else to say. You can read an extensive feature about the construction of the building on our HEAD OFFICE page. Just before we visit the Staff Gallery for City Office, we couldn’t resist fitting in some larger views of our favourite part of Liverpool City Office - The Horseshoe…

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1960 Interior View of Horseshoe Area from publicity booklet PA

Images © Martins Bank Archive Collection

Dreams of travel…

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Some of Martins Bank’s customised business cheques are little works of art, and this is demonstrated to the full by this sumptuous design for the Cunard shipping Line from February 1956.  The image on the right was restored by Martins Bank Archive from the image of the used cheque on the left, to bring you the glory of the ocean liner, and dreams of gentle travel that can no longer be fulfilled by today’s hi-tech methods of transport…

 

 

1956 Feb Cunard Cheque RT - MBA

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As we hold more than eighty staff photos for Liverpool City Office, we have

divided this gallery into different departments for ease of reference

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ACCOUNTANTS

1951 Mr A J Wilson Accountant MBM-Wi51P38.jpg

1957 to 1963 Mr L Ward Accountant MBM-Au63P56.jpg

1963 to 1967 Mr E H Hubbard Accountant MBM-Su67P55

1967 Mr KE Buxton Accountant City Office MBM-Su67P04.jpg

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Mr A J Wilson

Accountant

1951 to 1957

Mr L Ward

Accountant

1957 to 1963

1963 to 1967

Mr E Hubbard

Accountant

Mr K E Buxton

Accountant

1967 onwards

 

 

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ACCOUNTS AND MACHINE ROOM STAFF

1944 to 1965 Miss S H Stanley Machine Supervisor MBM-Au65P59

1948 Miss Dorothy Diment Accounts Team Leader then 1953 Machine Supervisor MBM-Su48P25

1954 Miss Nancy Stanley Machine Supervisor MBM-Su54P51

1948 Miss Audrey Watson Assistant Accounts Team Leader MBM-Su48P25

1948 Miss Audrey McPherson Machinist MBM-Su48P25

1948 Miss Betty Peter Machinist MBM-Su48P28

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Miss S H Stanley

Machine Supervisor

1944 to 1965

Miss Dorothy Diment

Team Leader 1948-53

Machine Supervisor 1953

Miss Nancy Stanley

Machine Supervisor

1954

Miss Audrey Watson

Asst Team Leader

1948

Miss Audrey McPherson

Machinist

1948

Miss Betty Peter

Machinist

1948

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1948 Miss Delia Davies Machinist MBM-Su48P28

1948 Miss Muriel Jones Machinist MBM-Su48P28

1948 Miss Winnie Winckle Machinist MBM-Su48P28

1948 Miss Joan Wilson Ledger Control Clerk MBM-Su48P25

1948 Mrs Gladys Quayle Ledger Control Clerk MBM-Su48P25

1965 Miss HK Hatto Accounts MBM-Su65P40.jpg

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Miss Delia Davies

Machinist

1948

Miss Muriel Jones

Machinist

1948

Miss Winnie Winckle

Machinist

1948

Miss Joan Wilson

Ledger Control Clerk

1948

Miss Gladys Quayle

Ledger Control Clerk

1948

Miss H K Hatto

Accounts

1965

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1965 Mr TB Swift Head of Waste Department City Office MBM-Au65P44.jpg

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Mr T B Swift

Head of Waste

1965

 

 

 

 

 

CATERING STAFF

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1958 Head office Restaurant 4 Water St Management Waitresses MBM-Sp1958P30

1958 Head office Restaurant 4 Water St Kitchen Staff MBM-Sp1958P30

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Mrs Hamilton

Catering Manageress

1951 to 1962

Mrs Carrie Knott

Catering Manageress

1962 Onwards

For full details and pictures of the catering staff at 4 Water Street, please visit our STAFF CATERING

section, where you can also meet the catering staffs from Liverpool Heywoods,

Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne.

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COUNTER STAFF

1932 to 1934 Mr A D Thomas Cashier MBM-Au47P14

1932 to 1934 Mr G H Grimshaw Cashier MBM-Sp47P32

1945 to 1947 Mr E B Gillard Chief Cashier MBM-Wi47P11

1950 Mr H M Shaw Chief Cashier MBM-Sp50P10

1948 Mr H S Hayes Cashier MBM-Au48P18

1949 to 1957 Mr F J Lees Chief Cashier of the Bank MBM-Su57P48

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Mr A D Thomas

Cashier

1932 to 1934

Mr G H Grimshaw

Cashier

1932 to 1934

Mr E B Gillard

First Cashier

1945 to 1947

Mr H M Shaw

Chief Cashier

1947 to 1949

Mr H S Hayes

Cashier

1948

Mr F J Lees

First Cashier

1949 to 1957

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1957 to 1961 Mr N E Cavendish Chief Cashier MBM-Su61P52

1959 to 1969 Mr A J Brown Cashier MBM-Su69P63

1960 to 1968 Mr L M Clay Cashier MBM-Au68P57

1962 to 1968 Mr E P Chambers Chief Cashier MBM-Sp68P51

1963 Miss K Barton Cashier MBM-Wi63P42

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Mr N E Cavendish

Chief Cashier

1957 to 1961

Mr A J Brown

Cashier

1959 to 1969

Mr L M Clay

Cashier

1960 to 1968

Mr E P Chambers

Chief Cashier

1961 to 1968

Miss K Barton

Cashier

1963

 

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MANAGEMENT STAFF

1932 to 1933  Mr F A Dew Pro then Assistant Manager MBM-Su51P26

1936 to 1957 Mr W R Woods Assistant Manager MBM-Sp57P50

1944 to 1948 Mr J R Whittle Sub Manager MBM-Sp48P41

1944 to 1951 Mr W D Armstrong Manager MBM-Wi51P35

1944 to 1957 Mr J V Dobie Pro Manager MBM-Au57P54

1947 to 1951 Mr D E Brewis 1967 Manager MBM-Sp65P03

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Mr F A Dew

Pro then Asst Manager

1932 to 1933

Mr W R Woods

Assistant Manager

1936 to 1937

Mr J R Whittle

Sub Manager

1944 to 1948

Mr W D Armstrong

Manager

1944 to 1951

Mr J V Dobie

Pro Manager

1944 to 1957

Mr D E Brewis

On Staff 1947 to 1961

Manager 1967 onwards

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1947 to 1961 Mr L H Mills Assistant Manager MBM-Au61P48

1950 sub manager then 1951 to 1967 Mr A Tunnington Manager MBM-Wi67P49

1950 to 1968 Mr L Malley Head of securities department and assistant Manager MBM-Wi68P57

1951 Mr L J Walton Sub-Manager MBM-Wi51P51

1954 Mr Ian Buchanan Sub Manager MBM-Au54P39

1956 to 1961 Mr J W Ratcliffe Manager MBM-Su61P54

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Mr L H Mills

Assistant Manager

1947 to 1961

Mr A Tunnington

Sub Manager 1950

Manager 1951 to 1967

Mr L Malley

Head of Security and

Asst Manager 1950-68

Mr L J Walton

Sub Manager

1951

Mr Ian Buchanan

Sub Manager

1954

Mr J W Ratcliffe

Pro Manager

1956 to 1961

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1957 to 1959 Mr G A Greenhalgh Pro Manager MBM-Wi59P56

1957 to 1962 Mr R P Williams Assistant Manager MBM-Wi62P56

1961 to 1963 AB Stevens Assistant Manager MBM-Wi65P02

1963 Mr T R Froggatt Assistant Manager MBM-Wi63P05

1966 Mr JD Winckles Assistant Manager City office MBM-Au66P06

1966 Mr R Williamson pro Manager City Office MBM-Au66P03

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Mr G A Greenhalgh

Pro Manager

1957 to 1959

Mr R P Williams

Assistant Manager

1957 to 1962

Mr A B Stevens

Assistant Manager

1962 to 1963

Mr T R Froggatt

Assistant Manager

1963 to 1966

Mr J D Winckles

Assistant Manager

1966

Mr R Williamson

Pro Manager

1966

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1966 Mr WJ Bass Assistant Manager City Office MBM-Su66P06

1967 Mr CD Skelton pro Manager 1968 asst Manager MBM-Su67P04

1967 Mr FW Samuels pro Manager MBM-Wi67P02

1967 Mr HF Smith Deputy Manager City Office MBM-Su67P03

1968 Mr AJ Dixon pro Manager MBM-Wi68P06

1968 Mr N Atkinson Assistant Manager MBM-Wi68P07

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Mr W J Bass

Assistant Manager

1966

Mr C D Skelton

Pro Manager 1967

Asst Manager 1968

Mr F W Samuels

Pro Manager

1967

Mr H F Smith

Deputy Manager

1967

Mr A J Dixon

Pro Manager

1968

Mr N Atkinson

Assistant Manager

1968

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1969 Mr M J Turner Assistant Manager MBM-Au69P12

1969 Mr R H Davis Assistant Manager MBM-Su69P14

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Mr M J Turner

Assistant Manager

1969

Mr R H Davies

Assistant Manager

1969

 

 

 

 

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MESSENGER, PORTER, AND TELEPHONY STAFF

1948 Mr W J Mantell Head Porter MBM-Wi48P10.jpg

1959 to 1968 Mr Tommy Parsons Head Messenger MBM-Su68P53.jpg

1947 Miss Betty Parker Head Telephonist MBM-Su47P43.jpg

1947 Miss Dorothy Hughes MBM-Su47P43.jpg

1947 Miss Betty Bygroves MBM-Su47P43.jpg

1947 Miss Brenda Smith MBM-Su47P43.jpg

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Mr W J Mantell

Head Porter

1948

Mr Tommy Parsons

Head Messenger

1959 to 1968

Miss Betty Parker

Head Telephonist

1947

Miss Dorothy Hughes

Telephonist

1947

Miss Betty Bygroves

Telephonist

1947

Miss Brenda Smith

Telephonist

1947

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OTHER STAFF (Includes mostly those whose job role is not listed)

1932 to 1934 Mr T A Johnson Securities MBM-Au46P05

1934 to 1935  Mr C A Tillotson MBM-Wi63P07

1937 Mr G S Cottier MBM-Wi49P40

1938 Miss KM Horsburgh joined the bank here MBM-Wi48P32

1939  to 1939 Mr A Taylor joined the bank here MBM-Su64P03

1939 Mrs MJ Percival nee Rummens  joined the bank here MBM-Wi48P32

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Mr T A Johnson

Securities

1932 to 1934

Mr C A Tillotson

On the Staff

1934 to 1935

Mr G S Cottier

On the Staff

1937

Miss K M Horsburgh

Joined the Bank Here

1938

Mr A Taylor

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1939

Miss M J Rummens

Joined the Bank Here

1939

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1940 Mr G Shepherd MBM-Su62P30

1947 to 1948 Miss F S A Hardman Joined the Bank Here MBM-Au48P24

1953 Miss Brenda J Aked MBM-Su53P27.jpg

1955 Mr K Whalley MBM-Wi55P09.jpg

1956 Mr F E Price (branch unknown) MBM-Wi56P38.jpg

1965 Mrs J A Crane - Fred Crane MBA.jpg

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Mr G Shepherd

On the Staff

1940

Miss F S A Hardman

Joined the Bank Here

1947 to 1948

Miss Brenda J Aked

On the staff

1953

Mr K Whalley

on the staff

1955

Mr F E Price

On the Staff

1956

Miss J A Tighe

(Became Mrs J A Crane)

On the staff 1958 to 1968

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1959 Miss Margaret Gordon Taylor Typist to Mr Tunningham MBM-Au59P22.jpg

1959 Mr D Mawdsley City Office Staff MBM-Au59P21.jpg

1964 Mr TR Bradley Staff Member City Office MBM-Wi64P20.jpg

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Miss M Gordon-Taylor

Mr Tunnington’s Secretary

1959

Mr D Mawdsley

On the Staff

1959

Mr T R Bradley

On the Staff

1964

 

 

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

8 Water Street Branch

8 Water Street Trustee

 

CHARTERED BANK

Derby House Exchange Buildings

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1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1

DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

Water Street Branch

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

Water Street Branch

Water Street Exec & Trustee

India Buildings Overseas

Water Street North West District Office

 

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

4 Water Street City Office

4 Water Street Head Office

6 Water Street Overseas

 

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

7 Water Street

7 Water Street Foreign

7 Water Street Trustee

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Standard Bank Logo 1964 from advert - PIN MBA

STANDARD BANK OF WEST AFRICA

25 Water Street

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

Water Street Branch

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-00-00 Liverpool City Office

Full Branch

PO Box 107, 4 Water Street Liverpool

1 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500 

Saturday 0900-1130

CENtral 5428

Nightsafe Facilities are not Listed for this branch

Mr D E Brewis Manager

24 October 1932

15 December 1969

2003

20 April 2007

Currently

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-51-02 Liverpool 4 Water Street

Sold with counter leased back to Barclays

Closed

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