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Bank of Liverpool

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Frozen in time…

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It’s not often we come across a colour image of one of Martins Bank’s Branches.  Even less often does a picture convey so much about the time it was taken as this fabulous shot of our Aintree Branch. When so much of the sixties appears in black and white, it is great to see this little piece of our social history which shows “ancient” buildings at one end of the street, and what for 1960 are extremely modern ones at the other.

In Service: April 1893 until 13 November 1992

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1960 Aintree Exterior in colour Full Version Michael F Harris.jpg

Image © 1960 Michael F Harris

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1960 Aintree Exterior in colour 2 - Michael F Harris MBAWe are indebted to Michael Harris, who was a new member of the branch staff on 1959’s Graduate Training Programme, and took this picture early in 1960.  Michael told us a little about his days with Martins Bank…

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“I joined the Bank in 1959 as a graduate trainee, and the six months I spent at Aintree was my first experience of Banking.   I remember Mr Shaw the manager well, as well as Mr Jopling, his no. 2 - who I recall sadly died shortly afterwards.   I also remember the two girls there - Pauline Brightman and Rosemary Greenhaugh.   I later worked with Stan Rocke in Inspection Department, but never knew that he would later be manager at Aintree.   I moved down to London District in 1965, and shortly afterwards moved to work abroad in Canada.   Browsing through various branches on your site, I recognise many names, but have no idea what became of them later - or indeed if they are still alive”…

A colourful farewell?

Anyone who worked in Branch Banking in the days when offices were still manned by large numbers of staff, will recall the customary “whip-round” for a gift for someone who was leaving to go and work at a different branch or department. 

Any excuse for a celebration, these events ranged from a snapshot of everyone together for the last time, to parties and pub crawls. 

When John Quirk leaves Aintree branch at the end of 1963, having worked there for four years, colour film once again captures a moment in time, and allows us to see the staff of the Branch as they were in November 1963.

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We are especially grateful to Peter Aynsley for supplying this photograph, as it enables us to extract good quality “head and shoulders” images for our staff gallery (below).

Saying “cheese!” L to R: Peter Aynsley, Jessica Grimshaw,

Jack Dixon, June Tabarn, Ian Johnson, Deryk Ingham,

Pat Hart, George Shaw, Diane Powell, and John Quirk

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Goodbye Mr Shaw

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1955 to 1965 Mr G A Shaw Manager MBM-Sp65P55.jpg1965 01 MBM.jpgmr shaw's early retirement on health grounds at the end of the year was not marked by any formal ceremony. On Christmas Eve, however, there was a friendly gathering at Aintree branch, of which he had been Manager for the past nine years, when the staff presented him with an automatic watch. During the days prior to his retirement many letters and telephone messages were received by Mr Shaw from colleagues throughout the Bank, wishing him well in retirement. He entered the service at Water Street, Liverpool, in 1925 and the whole of his career was spent at branches on Merseyside. In 1938 he was appointed Clerk-in-Charge at Maghull branch, becoming Manager there in 1946 and Manager at Aintree in 1955.

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1910 to 1913 Mr F H Creer MBM-Su47P28

1918 Mr J R Whittle MBM-Sp48P41

1921 Mr G Wollason joined the service here MBM-Wi48P30

1923 approx to 1925 Mr R Roscoe MBM-Au61P49

1935 to 1946 Mr H S Green Manager MBM-Su46P15

1939 Mr H G Campbell MBM-Su66P06






Mr F H Creer

On the Staff

1910 to 1913

Mr J R Whittle

On the Staff


Mr G Wollason

Joined the Bank here


Mr R Roscoe

On the Staff

1923 to 1925

Mr H S Green


1935 to 1947

Mr H G Campbell

On the Staff







1944 to 1947 Mr N E Foster joined the bank here MBM-Wi63P05

1946 to 1955 Mr H Shimmin Manager MBM-Su60P53

1950 to 1952 Mr I G Clark MC MBM-Wi63P07

1955 to 1965 Mr G A Shaw Manager MBM-Sp65P55

1959 to 1963 Mr J S Quirk MBM-Su64P07

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Mr N E Foster

Joined the Bank Here

1944 to 1947

Mr H Shimmin


1947 to 1955

Mr C F Morris

On the Staff

1947 to 1951

Mr I G Clark MC

On the Staff

1950 to 1952

Mr G A Shaw


1955 to 1965

Mr J S Quirk

On the Staff

1959 to 1963






1962 to 1965 Mr D Ingham Pro Manager MBM-Su65P07

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Miss Jessica Grimshaw

Joined Here / Cashier

1960 to 1964

Miss June Tabarn

On the Staff

1961 to 1964

Mr D Ingham

Pro Manager

1962 to 1965

Peter Aynsley

On the staff

1961 to 1964

Miss Diane Powell

On the Staff

1962 to 1967

Miss Pat Hart

Relief Staff

1963 to 1964






1965 Mr TR Mawdsley pro Manager MBM-Su65P06

1965 to 1968 Mr SFP Rocke Manager MBM-Sp65P07

1968 Mr REJ Wess Manager MBM-Au68P08

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Mr T R Mawdsley

Pro Manager


Mr S F P Rocke


1965 to 1968

Mr R E J Wess


1968 onwards





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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-10-00 Liverpool Aintree

Full Branch

499 Rice Lane Aintree Liverpool L9 5PR

3 Liverpool

Mon to Fri1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

AINtree 6248/9

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R E J Wess Manager

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Liverpool Aigburth

April 1893

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

13 November 1992

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-62 Liverpool Aintree


Liverpool Allerton Road

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