Bank of Liverpool

Many large towns and cities in England have grown by swallowing up smaller communities, and often the names of these survive as areas or suburbs of the connurbation. Sometimes cities miles apart can each have a suburb with the same name, as in the case of  Kensington – not only an area London, but also a suburb of Liverpool. The Bank of Liverpool opens a Branch at 100 Kensington in 1893, and although it doesn’t quite make it to a century, it does last well beyond the merger with Barclays and into the 1980s.  Kensington has a sub-Branch at Liverpool’s STANLEY ABATTOIR, an association with local agriculture that goes back to the days of the Cattle Trade Bank in the 1920s. When Martins Bank Limited is created in 1928 there are TWO sub-Branches at STANLEY CATTLE MARKET. by 1930 these are closed and replaced by a permanent building at the brand new Stanley Meat and Cattle Market site.  Mr Stanley Webster is one member of the Branch staff that doesn’t make it to the merger, but he does have a happy reason – he retires in July 1969 after forty-four long years with the bank. A long career deserves a longer than usual write up in Martins Bank Magazine, which prints details of Mr Webster’s retirement in Autumn 1969…


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'A week that lifts tensions and eases jobs' was Stanley Webster's horoscope for the week he retired from Kensington branch, Liverpool, where he had been manager for the past six years.

In Service: October 1893 until 12 June 1987

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1671

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1963 to 1969 Mr S Webster Manager MBM-Au69P56.jpgTo mark the event he and Mrs Webster entertained sixty friends to a party at the Tudor Room, Fairfield, on July 30. Presenting a cheque and a retirement card containing the names of 140 subscribers throughout the country, Mr Ian Buchanan spoke of Mr Webster's consideration for his staff and of the esteem in which he was held by staff and customers alike.Mr Webster joined the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank at Castletown in 1925, transferring to Douglas seven years later. He came over to Liverpool in 1935 and was at Sefton Park until he joined the R.A.F. in 1941. On his return from war service he went to Blundellsands and in 1954 joined Inspection Depart­ment where his personality did much to improve the unfortunate image that tends to attach itself to these departments. 

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A keen golfer—he had captained the Liverpool District Golfing Society—he had devoted much of his spare time time since coming to Kensington to the Anfield Boys Club, of which he is treasurer. After Mrs Webster had been presented with a bouquet by Miss Laura Gobbin, Mr Webster spoke of his delight at seeing so many of his associates on this special, but somewhat sad, occasion. There were three things, he said, which come unawares upon a mansleep, sin and old age. No doubt there would be more opportunities for getting more sleep and he thought there may be some tie-up between the other two. He had been fortunate in haying such variety in his banking life: during his years on inspection he had seen many parts of the country and eaten many good meals at the Bank's expense. Above all, he had made many friends and enjoyed good companionship, which had meant a great deal. Mr Webster will be using the cheque to buy a new television set as his old one had beaten him to retire­ment by ten days.

In the picture…

We were delighted to be contacted by Trevor Williams, whose father worked for Martins Bank over a long career, which began in 1938 at Liverpool Kensington Branch.  Mr Morley Savage Williams can be seen (aged about 19) back row, rightmost, in this wonderfully atmospheric photograph, which we believe to have been taken at Kensington in or around 1939.  Mr Williams went on to serve his country in World War Two, rejoining the Bank at Sefton Park in 1946. 

Having a particularly good aptitude for the Bank Exams, he achieved distinctions in several subjects, and specialised in the law surrounding real estate and coveyancing. This enabled him to work at several of the Bank’s Trustee and Investment Offices, from where he rose to Manage the London City Trustee Department in 1968.

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection: Trevor Williams 2020

No laughing matter…


Thankfully armed raids are relatively few and far between in the world of banking, but no matter how staff are coached in what to do to protect themselves, nothing can prepare a cashier for the terror of being faced with what could be a gun or other weapon. When Liverpool Kensington Branch is raided, two men wearing carnival masks get away with a large amount of cash.

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Martins Bank is very keen that those who have terrified its staff in such an audacious manner should be brought to justice, and it takes the unusual step of offering a reward that equates to TWO-THIRDS of the amount that was stolen. The story, which made headlines in newspapers across the country, is reported here by the Coventry Evening Telegraph on 14 January 1966…

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{ A reward of up to £1,000 was offered by Martins Bank today for information leading to the arrest of two men who snatched £1,500 from their kensington, Liverpool Branch, shortly before closing time yesterday.  Widespread police inquiries are being made for the two men, said to be aged about 30, who wore carnival masks. One held up the bank staff with what appeared to be a gun while the other jumped over the counter and grabbed the money. They excaped in a stolen car, which was later found abandoned about two miles away.  The stolen money included £500 in new £1 notes. One of the men was described as 6ft tall, thin build with short fair hair, and a yellowish complexion. He had sunken eyes and a long thin face and a broad nose. His left shoulder appeared to be deformed and was higher than the right shoulder. He was wearing a dark coloured three-quarter length, suede car coat. The other man was described as 5ft 8in tall, heavily built with broad shoulders and had black slightly wavy hair.}


Image © Trinity Mirror created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive 

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1921 Mr R C Webster joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P53

1936 to 1938 Mr W S M Wilson joined the bank here MBM-Au66P06

1938 to 1939 Mr M S Williams MBM-Wi63P08

1939 to 1947 Mr G H Grimshaw Manager MBM-Sp47P32

1945 to 1946 Mr P J Randle MBM-Su67P02

1947 to 1963 Mr T M Mason Manager MBM-Wi63P59

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Mr R C Webster

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W S M Wilson

Joined the Bank Here

1936 to 1938

Mr M S Williams

On the Staff

1938 to1939

Mr G H Grimshaw


1939 to 1947

Mr P J Randle

On the Staff

1945 to 1946

Mr T N Mason


1947 to 1963

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1963 to 1969 Mr S Webster Manager MBM-Au69P56

1966 Mr DB Scott pro Manager MBM-Au66P04

1969 Mr M McClay Manager MBM-Au69P10

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Mr S Webster


1963 to 1969

Mr D B Scott

Pro Manager


Mr M McClay






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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-06-50 Liverpool Kensington

Full Branch

304 Kensington Liverpool L7 2RS

25 Liverpool

Mon to Fri1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

051 263 3820

Nightsafe Installed

Mr S Webster Manager

11-06-50 Liverpool Stanley Abattoir

October 1893



A Branch of the Bank of Liverpool is opened at 100 Kensington

Moves to 304 Kensington (Listed in Gore’s Directory as Deane Street –

                                           304 Kensington shares a corner with Deane Street).

Liverpool Hunts Cross

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

12 June 1987

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-79 Liverpool Kensington


Liverpool Kirkby & Croxteth Mobile

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