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Martins Bank 1928+

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In Service: 1938 until 8 July 1977

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1964

The branch is open for full banking hours right up to the merger, and beyond that, Neston continues in service for Barclays until being relocated to 19 High Street in the mid 1970s.

Neston Branch is opened by Martins Bank in 1938, as a self accounting sub branch to Heswall.  Business is sufficiently brisk here, to warrant this type of branch; a Clerk in Charge is appointed at Pro Manager level – able to take some managerial decisions alone – and the days work is processed at the sub branch rather than the parent.   During World War II, Neston is run by two of the Bank’s dedicated army of women managers, with Miss B E Shenton and Miss M C Grice each serving two years in the post.

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1960 s Neston Interior BGA Ref 30-1964.jpg

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Our thanks go once more to friend of the Archive Craig Turner, for the contemporary image of 11 High Street Neston, (far right). The photograph was taken in 2016, shortly after this former Martins and Barclays Branch was closed for the SECOND time as a provider of financial services to the people of Neston.

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The Cheshire Building Society, like so many Banks and Building Societies in Britain was having to make decisions to close branches which were beginning to lose the footfall of customers.  The widespread use of the internet for all types of banking, coupled with a general loss of high street shops and services is a major – and very sad – issue in the early part of the twenty-first century…


Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1964

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections – Craig Turner

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Mr D W Adam

Clerk in Charge 1938-41

and 1945 to 1954

Mr J N Smith

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1942

Miss B E Shenton

Wartime Clerk in Charge

1941 to 1943

Miss M C Grice

Wartime Clerk in Charge

1943 to 1945

Mr N K Gibson

On the Staff

1951 to 1953

Mr J C Home

Clerk in Charge

1954 to 1959

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Mr R S Thomas

Clerk in Charge

1959 to 1963

Mr A J Corner

Clerk in Charge

1963 to 1964

Mr D G D Bosworth

Clerk in Charge

1964 to 1969

Mr E H Griffiths

Clerk in Charge

1969 onwards



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Index Number and District:






11-29-60 Neston

Self accounting Sub to 11-56-40 HESWALL

11 High Street Neston Wirral Cheshire

85 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

051 336 4394

Nightsafe installed

Mr E H Griffiths Clerk in Charge

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Nenthead (Cumberland)


15 December 1969

8 July 1977

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-58-87 Neston

Closed and Business moved to 19 High Street Neston

New Mills

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