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Adelphi Bank

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The Adelphi Bank opens a branch at Levenshulme in 1891, eight years before its amalgamation with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. Sheer nostalgia – this wonderful photo is a real piece of old Manchester, and  shows Martins Bank’s Levenshulme Branch in its prime, complete with cobbles and tramlines.  The branch images on this page are wonderfully evocative of the time of our feature below, when Mr Johnson retires from serving as Manager at Levenshulme in 1948 after fourteen years at the helm…

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/1815

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1960 Manchester Levenshulme Interior BGA Ref 30-1815.jpg 

Image © Barclays Ref: 30/1815

1948 02 MBM.jpgOn March 30th the staff of Levenshulme branch received word that Mr. Johnson would be visiting them to say farewell; so afternoon tea was hurriedly prepared, and a very informal and happy gathering took place. Mr. Johnson was retiring on account of ill-health, so the occasion was necessarily impromptu.  Mr. C. A. Jones, the succeeding Manager, made the presentation of a shooting stick on behalf of his colleagues—an unusual gift made at the suggestion of Mrs. Johnson, and voiced the good wishes of all the staff for Mr. Johnson's happiness and improved health in retirement. He entered the service of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1911, and in 1923 was transferred to Stockport branch. He went to Brooks's Bar branch in 1928, being appointed Manager in 1931. He took up his appointment at Levenshulme in 1934.

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1931 to 1934 Mr C S Boden Manager MBM-Au57P56.jpg

1934 to 1948 Mr W S Johnson Manager CU MBM-Su48P06.jpg

1937 to 1942 Mr K T Downham Pro Manager MBM-Wi60P50.jpg

1941 to 1943 Mr F Tunstall joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P05.jpg

1958 to 1963 Mr R F Osborn Manager MBM-Wi63P06.jpg

1963 to 1967 Mr J S Laver Manager MBM-Wi63P06.jpg

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Mr C S Boden


1931 to 1934

Mr W S Johnson


1934 to 1948

Mr K T Downham

Pro Manager

1937 to 1942

Mr F Tunstall

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1943

Mr R F Osborn


1958 to 1963

Mr J S Laver


1963 to 1967

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1964 to 1965 Mr F Sharples MBM-Su65P05.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr W H Florey MBM-Su67P08.jpg

1967 Mr J Pendlebury Manager MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

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Mr F Sharples

On the Staff

1964 to 1965

Mr W H Florey

on the Staff

1965 to 1967

Mr W J Pendlebury






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Index No and District:






11-39-50 Manchester Levenshulme

Full Branch

876 Stockport Road Manchester 19

753 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

061 224 1051

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J Pendlebury Manager



3 January 1928


15 December 1969

26 April 2009


opened by the Adelphi Bank Limited at 56 Stockport road

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Renumbering changes Branch address to 876 Stockport Road

Barclays Bank Limited 20-54-83 Manchester Levenshulme


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