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Adelphi Bank

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Our photograph shows the rebuilt branch of Martins Bank at 37 Great Underbank, Stockport, pictured circa 1967. The original branch Stockport is opened by the Adelphi Bank in 1891, just eight years before they are taken over by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank, and can be seen below in one of the lithograph images of Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank Offices donated to Martins Bank Archive from the estate of W N Townson.

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1922 Stockport Branch Exterior as L & Y Bank WNT.jpg

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What so impresses us about these lithograph prints is that careful re-touching by modern photo software not only makes them brighter and clearer than they ever were when published, it also brings them back to life.

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1967 ish Stockport exterior 1 BGA No Ref.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2785

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Some, like this one of Stockport have an eerie, almost 3D quality to them. It’s the next best thing to a true photograph, and these Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank branch images really do help us to tell the story of Martins Bank. By the mid 1960s the original building is becoming too cramped to meet the staffing and technological needs of the bank, and so this most traditional of Branches is replaced by the obligatory concrete and glass.  What matters, is of course on the INSIDE, and these comparison pictures show what a relief it must have been for the Branch Staff to move from the old to the new:

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2785


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statementsStaff Retirement gatherings and celebrations are usually marked by Martins Bank Magazine, and we often read of individuals having achieved up to forty-five years’ service with the bank.  Occasionally there have been double retirements, but we think that the article below might be the one and only TRIPLE retirement celebration recorded by the Magazine…

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Mr Hall, Mr Hopley and Mr Lawrence…

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Mr Hall Mr Hopley and Mr Lawrence.jpg1968 04 MBM.jpgThe party held at the Stockport Travellers Club on August 29 was unusual for it marked the retirement of three men whose careers have at some time brought them to Stockport branch. Mr Lawrence had been for the last four years Pro Manager there after a lifetime in the city of Manchester. Mr Hall, beginning his career in Blackpool, served at a number of branches in the Manchester District before becoming first cashier at the branch four years ago. Mr Hopley, although retiring from relief staff, had had two spells at Stockport shortly after the war. Before serving on relief he had been second man at Chorlton-cum-Hardy for six years. Over forty colleagues, including Mr Tunstall, Miss Goddard and Mr Paulson from District Office, saw Mr Higenbottam (Manager, Stockport) make the presentations, speaking warmly of the loyal support each had given over the years. Mr Hall received a film projector, Mr Lawrence and Mr Hopley cheques —to be used respectively for an infra-red grill and a nest of tables. Bouquets were given to Mrs Hall and Mrs Hopley by Miss Wright: unfortunately Mrs Lawrence was unable to attend. Before their retirement the three lunched at District Office as the guests of Mr Foster.

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A Goodwill Exchange…

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1952 02 MBM.jpg1952 Miss Joan Barker MBM-Su52P55A signal honour has come to Joan Barker, of our Stockport branch, in being selected by the Girl Guides' Association as one of four Rangers to represent Great Britain on a " Goodwill Exchange " in the United States. Twelve Rangers are going altogether, one from each of eight European countries, and four from Great Britain, and the funds are provided from the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund of the Girl Scouts of America. The other countries represented are Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Norway. The party left England in the S.S. America on June 9th and will go to New York first of all, to the Edith Macy Training School. Each will then go to a different part of the States for three months, camping, sight-seeing and visiting American homes, working through a programme arranged by their American hosts. Joan will go to Fort Worth, Texas. The selection of candidates is made as a result of a number of personal interviews, when the candidates are screened, so that the lucky ones are those best calculated to represent their respective countries " on show " in the States. Personality, appearance, ability to make a public speech, general knowledge of world affairs and of affairs in their own country, these and other qualifications are the ones looked for. We are pleased and proud that one of our girls should have been selected as an ambassadress of goodwill and the Bank has gladly given the necessary leave of absence under special arrange­ments to enable Joan to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

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1901 Mr Percy Arnett Joined the service here MBM-Au46P22.jpg

1919 Mr H A Bullough joined the bank here MBM-Au47P24.jpg

1923 Mr W Howarth joined the bank here MBM-Au67P50.jpg

1923 to 1928 Mr W S Johnson MBM-Su48P06.jpg

1926 to 1947 Manager from 1931 Mr W W Arnold MBM-Su46P27.jpg

1932 to 1944 Mr C Williamson Pro Manager from 1936 MBM-Au59P55.jpg

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Mr Percy Arnett

Joined the Bank Here


Mr H A Bullough

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W Howarth

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W S Johnson

On the Staff

1923 to 1928

Mr W W Arnold

On the Staff 1926-1931

Manager 1931 to 1947

Mr C Williamson

Pro Manager

1932 to 1944

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1946 to 1947 Mr J H Walker MBM-Su66P04.jpg

1947 to 1948 Mr G Ramsell MBM-Wi63P08.jpg

1947 to 1952 Mr F Henshall signing auth MBM-Sp63P53.jpg

1947 to 1957 Mr E Pickup Manager MBM-Sp68P48.jpg

1949 to 1950 Mr P R Thompson joined the bank here MBM-Sp69P09.jpg

1951 to 1958 Mr J W Ottaway MBM-Wi64P07.jpg

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Mr J H Walker

On the Staff

1946 to 1947

Mr G Ramsell

On the Staff

1947 to 1948

Mr F Hensall

Signing Authority

1947 to 1952

Mr E Pickup


1947 to 1957

Mr P R Thompson

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1950

Mr J W Ottaway

On the Staff

1951 to 1958

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1952 Miss Joan Barker MBM-Su52P55.jpg

1952 to 1954 Mr W H Florey joined the bank here MBM-Su67P08.jpg

1957 to 1969 Mr J C Higenbottam Manager MBM-Su69P63.jpg

1959 to 1961 Mr F Tunstall Pro Manager MBM-Wi64P05.jpg

1960 to 1964 staff  1964 to 1968 Mr W A Lawrence Pro Manager MBM-Wi68P55.jpg

1961 to 1964 Mr E I Medcalf Pro Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

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Miss Joan Barker

On the Staff


Mr W H Florey

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1954

Mr J C Higenbottam


1957 to 1969

Mr F Tunstall

Pro Manager

1959 to 1961

Mr W A Lawrence

On Staff 1960-64

Pro Manager 1964-68

Mr E I Medcalf

Pro Manager

1961 to 1964

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1964 to 1968 Mr R Hall First Cashier MBM-Wi68P55.jpg

1968 Mr WP Glover pro Manager MBM-Wi68P09.jpg

1969 Mr R B Blomeley Manager MBM-Su69P15.jpg

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Mr R Hall

First Cashier

1964 to 1968

Mr W P Glover

Pro Manager


Mr R B Blomeley






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Index Number and District:






11-26-80 Stockport Great Underbank

Full Branch

37 Great Underbank Stockport Cheshire

783 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 480 6501/2

Nightsafe installed

Mr R B Blomeley Manager

Sub Branches

11-38-40 HAZEL GROVE


10 June 1899

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

17 March 1989


The Adelphi Bank

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-82-15 Stockport Great Underbank


The Carphone Warehouse

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