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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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Three bed, detached?

The Bank of Liverpool and Martins adds to the portfolio of Wallasey Branches in 1925, with this “three bed detached house” kind of branch at St Hilary.  It could not be more convenient for The Bank’s customers either, with a bus stop on the front doorstep! It is sad to think that of seven branches of Martins Bank in Wallasey, only one – LISCARD -  survives to this day.  St Hilary is actually a self accounting sub branch to Liscard, and benefits during World War Two from having Miss W Booksby as Clerk in Charge.  Miss booksby, who is pictured in the Staff Gallery below, is one of the army of women Managers and Clerks in Charge that keep a large part of the Branch Network open in the darkest days of the War.

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1960 s Wallasey St Hilary Exterior 2 BGA Ref 30-3040

Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/3040

This is the time when the demands of the Kennett Committee take more and more male AND female staff out of the service of the Bank, and into the service of their country.  You can read more about this in our feature MARTINS AT WAR.   In 1966 Mr Watkinson is about to retire after eighteen years as Clerk in Charge of St Hilary. As Martins Bank magazine now reports, Mr Watkinson is certainly NOT aiming for a quiet retirement by the fire…

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1966 02 MBM.jpg1948  to 1966 Mr J C Watkinson Clerk in Charge MBM-Su66P59.jpgafter 44 years Mr Watkinson retired as the well-liked Clerk-in-Charge of St Hilary branch, Wallasey, on February 28. Four days earlier some 50 colleagues and friends, including Mr W. O. Davies (Liverpool Assistant District Manager), gathered at the branch for an informal party at which Mr A. J. Irving (Manager, Liscard) pre­sented a cheque to 'Wattie', a keen yachts­man who intends to spend much of his retirement afloat.  He has however promised his wife he will take over the gardening duties, and as the presentation cheque will buy a cultivator it seems he will be tackling his new job the easy way. Mr Watkinson entered the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank at Castle Street, Liverpool in 1921, working at Merseyside branches prior to his appointment to St Hilary in 1948. During his 5 years' R.A.F. service he was on radar duties and developed a lasting interest in radio.

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1938 to 1943 and 1946 to 1948 Mr A Foster Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi65P55.jpg

1943 to 1946  Miss W Booksby Clerk in Charge MBM-Au46P28.jpg

1948  to 1966 Mr J C Watkinson Clerk in Charge MBM-Su66P59.jpg

1966 Mr CW Allan Clerk in Charge MBM-Su66P04.jpg

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Mr A Foster

Clerk in charge

1938-43 and 1946-48

Miss W Booksby

Clerk in Charge

1943 to 1946

Mr J C Watkinson

Clerk in charge

1948 to 1966

Mr C W Allan

Clerk in Charge

1966 onwards



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Index Number and District:






11-36-70 Wallasey St Hilary

Self Accounting sub to 11-48-50 Wallasey Liscard

186 Wallasey Road Liscard Wallasey Cheshire

61 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

WALlasey 2834

Nightsafe Installed

Mr C W Allan Clerk in Charge

14 September 1925

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

6 July 1984


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-74-52 St Hilary Wallasey


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