Palatine Bank

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Martins Bank’s Moss Side branch is inherited from the amalgamation in 1919 of the Palatine Bank with the bank of Liverpool and Martins.  The ethos of the Palatine was simple, to provide somewhere safe for the small savings of ordinary people. You can read a little more about this on our BROOKS’S BAR page. The whistle-stop tour of Manchester Branches by Martins Bank Magazine in 1967 stops once again (and again all too briefly) at Moss Side. Nevertheless, the following article gives an incredible account of life in this part of Manchester. PLEASE BE WARNED: We would ask you to remember that 50 years ago attitudes to race and social class are somewhat different from those of today…

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In this part of Manchester, the fine old houses of the former gentry have become clubs, flats, and crumbling dwellings for the mixed population stretching into a sprawl of terraced streets which spreads to the east and south until halted by Alexandra Park. 

In Service: pre 1919 until 30 April 1973

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0033/0367

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At the centre of all this stands Moss Side Branch with a beguiling air of quiet respectability.  A murder was committed a quarter of a mile away, and another attempted within 100 yards of the branch.  Indians, Pakistanis, Lebanese, Chinese and West Indians form the bulk of the population, and the business ethics and personal habits of some do not always endear themselves to worthy Mancunians. Moss Side Branch is a tough school for any banker, and those who seek only the more sheltered big branch life would be well advised to resign if a transfer to 92 Princess Road seems imminent.   On second thoughts they might enjoy a spell there, for life is never dull.  A foreign national did £100 worth of damage, trying to drive his car through the front door, and through lack of experience, the same amount getting out again.  It has been “broken and entered”.  It has magnetic properties for dust and dirt and for strange people whose conception of banking is borrowing somehow, or anyhow.We must relate the story of the coloured gentleman who persuaded the bus conductor to allow him to place a sack of coke beneath the bus stairs: while collecting fares on the upper deck, the conductor heard laughter from the passengers below and saw through the back window the coke owner pedalling a bike frantically in order to keep his property in sight on the journey home.  That at least gives some indication of the need for “an understanding of people” a term accepted glibly as a “must” for all budding bankers, sometimes with too little understanding of all the implications.  Moss Side branch will be demolished for road widening, but somebody should write a book about it….

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1922 to 1944 Mr H A Paersch Manager MBM-Au47P15.jpg

1958 to 1965 Mr G G North Clerk in Charge MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1965 Mr F Sharples Clerk in Charge MBM-Su65P05.jpg

1967 Miss G K Fielding MBM-Au67P22.jpg






Mr H A Paersch


1922 to 1944

Mr H Beeby

Clerk in Charge

1956 to 1958

Mr G G North

Clerk in Charge

1958 to 1965

Mr H Prime

On the Staff

1959 to 1962

Mr F Sharples

Clerk in Charge

1965 to 1968

Miss G K Fielding

On the Staff







1967 Mr C J Walsh MBM-Au67P22.jpg

1967 Miss J Simpson MBM-Au67P22.jpg

1967 Mr E J Mellor MBM-Au67P22.jpg

1967 Miss P L Skilling MBM-Au67P22.jpg

1968 Mr PW Manuel Clerk in Charge MBM-Au68P08.jpg

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Mr C J Walsh

On the Staff


Miss J Simpson

On the Staff


Mr E J Mellor

On the Staff


Miss P L Skilling

On the Staff


Mr P W Manuel

Clerk in Charge

1968 onwards




4 Alexandra Road

280 Claremont Road


92 Princess Road



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7 Alexandra Road



87 Moss Lane West


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Index Number and District:






11-17-60 Manchester Moss Side

Self remitting sub-Branch to 11-00-60 Manchester District Office

92 Princess Road Manchester 14

507 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 226 1549

Nightsafe Installed

Mr P W Manuel Clerk in Charge

Manchester Mosley Street

Pre 1919

30 December 1919

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

13 April 1973

Opened by the Palatine Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-54-93 Manchester Moss Side


Manchester Moston


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