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Bank of Liverpool

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Here is another quite imposing, if somewhat scary looking corner site: the Bank of Liverpool’s Aigburth Branch, opened in 1903. A corner entrance is almost a trade mark of Bank of Liverpool, and it is of course one of the earliest known and most effective methods used by all banks as a kind of “free advertising” only pay one lot of rates, but your business can be seen in TWO streets at once! Of the many uses that Martins Bank’s Branches are put to in the twenty-first century – betting shop, public house, hair salon and estate agent to name just a few – Bistro and Wine Bar is, we feel, on this occasion a dignified use for Aigburth.

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This next image of the Branch shows a busy scene in Aigburth circa 1940, when Liverpool Corporation Tramways was still one of the quickest and best ways to see and move around this beautiful and sprawling Northern City. World War Two will of course leave terrible scars, and the National feeling towards the vicissitudes of the London Blitz means that for years the true effects of the Liverpool Blitz would go almost un-noticed outside the City. Aigburth remains open throughout the second World War, and survives the 1969 merger with Barclays. Our editor installed new computer equipment there in 1989, and the doors did not close for the final time until the Summer of 1998.

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For our Aigburth feature, we return to the day after the August Bank Holiday of 1965, to find Mr Lord, Manager of the Branch since 1956, hanging up his Bank tie after a very long career indeed.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1655

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection.

 

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Note that even in 1965, there is the use of the words “Mrs Lord, accompanied by her two daughters”.  In Twenty-First Century relationships, we would probably take this to mean that Mr Lord was perhaps not the father of these children. However, what we are actually seeing here is the rather pompous and sexist attitude – still prevalent at that time – which meant that sons were “his”, and daughters were “hers”. Unless these children were lucky enough to try the new life of the teenager, they were destined to become clones of the relevant parent from around the age of 13!

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1965 04 MBM.jpg1956 to 1965 Mr S F Lord Manager MBM-Wi65P56.jpgstephen foster lord retired as Manager of Aigburth branch on 31 August when 30 colleagues and customers met at the branch to wish him well. The Assistant District Manager, Mr W. O. Davies, spoke of Mr Lord's 44 year's service which began at Ulverston in 1921. In 1926 he moved south to Liverpool working at several branches and serving as Clerk-in-Charge at Speke and Hunts Cross branch during the war. His appoint­ment to Aigburth came in 1956. After thanking Mr Lord for his loyalty Mr Davies presented him with an easy chair on behalf of subscribers.  Mrs Lord, accompanied by her two daughters, was handed a bouquet by Miss Margaret Brown after which Mr Lord thanked his friends for their gifts and spoke of the happy atmosphere at the branch and the good relations with customers. He concluded by handing his successor, Mr J. S. Paton, the branch keys and inviting his guests to enjoy the refreshments provided.

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1923 to 1929 Mr W E Worral MBM-Su58P54.jpg

1927 to 1946 Mr John Wylie Manager MBM-Su46P14.jpg

1949 to 1949 Mr D J Stewart joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

1956 to 1965 Mr S F Lord Manager MBM-Wi65P56.jpg

1965 to 1969 Mr JS Paton Manager MBM-Wi65P04.jpg

1969 Mr D G D Bosworth Manager MBM-Su69P14.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr W E Worral

On the Staff

1923 to 1929

Mr John Wylie

Manager

1927 to 1946

Mr D J Stewart

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1949

Mr S F Lord

Manager

1956 to 1965

Mr J S Paton

Mangager

1965 to 1969

Mr D G D Bosworth

Manager

1969 onwards

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

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WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-06-00 Liverpool Aigburth

Full Branch

301 Aigburth Road Liverpool L17 0BW

2 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

051 727 2432

Nightsafe

Mr D G D Bosworth Manager

1903

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

5 June 1998

Currently

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-61 Liverpool Aigburth

Closed

Wine Bar and Bistro

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