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Martins Bank 1928+

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In 1958 Martins Bank moves from its original Branch in Woodend Road Hunts Cross, to these brand new premises in Hillfoot Avenue from where a banking service was transacted until April 2020. There is little fanfare for the new branch, just a few short lines in Martins Bank Magazine, accompanied by this photograph of the new building to illustrate its size.  The article does not show the images of the interior (see below) which Martins Bank has taken when the new Branch is first up and running.

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

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We can however see the “latest method of lighting” mentioned in the article, which actually doesn’t look too much out of place today! Our retirement feature, concerns Mr Long, who is Manager first of Hunts Cross, then of Speke and Hunts Cross Branches for fourteen years, and hangs up his Bank tie for the last time at the end of April 1969…

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1958 01 MBM.jpgThe new premises of our Speke and Hunts Cross branch were opened on 10th February. The new branch is four times the size of the old one. The front is in rustic brickwork with Stancliffe stone embellishments. Inside, the fittings are in African walnut and the latest method of lighting has been used, whereby large areas of the ceiling itself are illuminated, there being complete freedom from glare.

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1683

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1969 02 MBM.jpgafter nearly 44 years' service, including five with H.M. Forces and the last fourteen as Manager at Speke & Hunts Cross, Ron Lang retired on April 30. To mark the occasion he and his wife entertained a goodly number of colleagues past and present, together with several customers, at the nearby Hunts Cross Hotel. Some had travelled considerable distances to be present and one of these was Mr Brayshaw, the retired manager of Wolverhampton branch, under whom Mr Lang had served before his appointment at Speke & Hunts Cross. Opening the proceedings Mr D. J. Scott (Pro Manager) thanked Mr Lang on behalf of the present staff for his unfailing kindness and consideration. In the absence of Mr Buchanan, Mr W. O. Davies presented a cheque which he understood would be used to purchase a typewriter. This prompted the suggestion that, thus equipped, Mr Lang would make a useful member of the relief staff. Mr Davies thanked him for all he had done in the service of the Bank and in particular for the unassuming and efficient way he had promoted the Bank's business throughout his term of office. Mrs Lang was obviously delighted with a bouquet presented by Miss Linda Harding. Shortly before his retirement Mr Lang had been entertained to lunch at Head Office by Mr Maxwell and at District Office as Mr Buchanan's guest.

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1941 to 1943 Mr WJ Bass MBM-Au64P06.jpg

1946 Mr G R Clucas MBM-Wi63P06

1951 to 1953 Mr E Winstanley joined the bank here MBM-Sp69P10.jpg

1955 to 1967 Mr DJ Scott pro Manager from 1967 MBM-Sp67P07

1955 to 1969 Mr E R Lang Manager MBM-Su69P64.jpg

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Mr W J Bass

Joined here 1941 to 1943

Manager 1969 onwards

Mr G R Clucas

On the Staff

? to 1946

Mr E Winstanley

Joined the Bank Here

1951 to 1953

Mr D J Scott

Pro Manager

1955 to 1967

Mr E Ron Lang


1955 to 1969


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Speke & Hunts Cross



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Speke & Hunts Cross


Hunts Cross

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Hunts Cross

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Speke & Hunts Cross




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Martins Bank Limited 11-14-80 Speke and Hunts Cross

Full Branch     

98 Hillfoot Avenue Speke Liverpool 25

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

HUNts Cross 1912

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W J Bass Manager

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10 February 1958

15 December 1969

17 April 2020

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank 20-50-85 Liverpool Speke and Hunt's Cross 98 Hillfoot Ave

This branch closed permanently from 12 noon