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Martins Bank 1928+

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A Branch at Warrington comes into the ownership of Martins Bank through the amalgamation of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins and the Lancashire and Yorkshire bank in 1928. The original Branch is at 34 and 36 Horsemarket, but in 1937 Martins Bank moves the Business to these attractive premises at 78 Bridge Street. The staff gallery for this branch is filling up nicely, and although there are no visits to the Branch by Martins Bank Magazine, we do have a retirement write-up from 1968 below, and a short piece about one of Warrington Branch’s Messengers, Bernard Riley. Later you can see how the Branch looked in the 1980s under Barclays ownership.  

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Image © 1959 REX FEATURES / ALAMY – under Fair use policy,

every effort has been made to contact the copyright holder.

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1960 s (early) blank chequeThis Warrington cheque is from our Archive of Martins Bank Stationery. It is an interesting  example from the short period of time between the old larger stamp duty embossing, and the advent of the age of bank computerisation. Already a large space has been left right across the foot of the cheque, in order to accept the encoding of characters in magnetic ink that will be able to be read by reader/sorter machines at the Bank’s Clearing Department. We do not have any interior images of Warrington Bridge Street Branch. If you can help with images and/or information about this or any of Martins Bank’s 980+ Branch Buildings, please do get in touch with us at the usual address

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At last! A chance to watch the cricket…



1968 02 MBM.jpgOn February 27 Mr Whewell and his wife entertained over eighty past and present colleagues to a cocktail party at Warrington branch. He had been Manager there since 1960, having spent all his 43 years' service in the Manchester District. He was appointed Clerk-in-Charge at Besses o' th' Barn in 1947, Assistant Managerat Cheetham in 1949, Manager at Brooks's Bar in 1956 and Manager at Whitefield two years later. Mr Foster opened the proceedings by thanking Mr Whewell for his long and loyal service and Mrs Spittle presented Mrs Whewell with a bouquet. Mr Holds-worth, who had been Mr Whewell's assistant through­out his service at Warrington, handed over a cheque on behalf of the ninety subscribers, which will probably be used to buy a new television set for viewing the test matches in comfort during the summer. Mr Whewell spoke amusingly of his days as a junior at the L & Y Head Office in Spring Gardens and it was interesting to note that five out of his six colleagues from those halcyon days were present on this occasion. Also at the party were Mr Tunstall and Mr Glover.

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A life on the ocean wave…

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1969 01 MBM.jpgLieutenant Bernard Riley of the Warrington branch messenger staff has been appointed commanding officer of the Widnes Sea Cadet Corps.  He joined the Widnes Corps as a first lieutenant three years ago and for the previous eight years he was with the Warrington Sea Cadets. During the last war Lieutenant Riley served with the Royal Navy on Atlantic and Russian convoys in all types of ship from destroyers to aircraft carriers.

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Martins Bank always loved a good Mock Tudor building, and 78 Bridge Street does not disappoint. Here we see that Barclays are still taking good care of the building in the early 1980s, but its days are numbered, with the Branch closing for good in 1987…

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Image © 1959 REX FEATURES / ALAMY – under Fair use policy,

every effort has been made to contact the copyright holder.

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3076


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1936 to 1947 Mr H M Neild Manager MBM-Wi56P48.jpg

1938 to 1952 Mr J Ratcliffe joined the bank here MBM-Su69P15.jpg

1942 to 1943 Mr G B Hibbert MBM-Su66P04.jpg

1942 to 1956 Mr A H F Downham Pro Manager MBM-Wi56P47.jpg

1947 to 1960 Mr T Whittaker Manager MBM-Sp60P46.jpg

1949 to 1949  Mr D L Rogal joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P04.jpg

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Mr H M Nield


1936 to 1947

Mr J Ratcliffe

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1952

Mr G B Hibbert

On the Staff

1942 to 1943

Mr A H F Downham

Pro Manager

1942 to 1956

Mr T Whtitaker


1947 to 1960

Mr D L Rogal

Joined the Bank here

1949 to 1949

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1949 to 1950 Mr J Middleton joined the bank here MBM-Au64P06.jpg

1968 Mr PW Cooper Manager MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1969 Bernard Riley Messenger MBM-Sp69P49.jpg

1969 Mr R S Beaumont Pro Manager MBM-Su69P15.jpg

BW Logo

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Mr J Middleton

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1950

Mr F Whewell


1960 to 1968

Mr P W Cooper


1968 onwards

Mr Bernard Riley



Mr R S Beaumont

Pro Manager






Index No and District:






11-01-90 Warrington

Main Branch

PO Box 4, 78 Bridge Street Warrington Lancashire

96 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500 

Saturday 0930-1100

Warrington 35355

Nightsafe Installed

Mr P W Cooper Manager

Sub Branches


Monday 31 May 1937

15 December 1969

16 February 1987

opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-91-47 Warrington Bridge Street


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