Bank of Liverpool

The Bank of Liverpool’s Heathfield Branch is an elegant office set on a corner aspect.


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This beautiful sculpture representing the Liver Bird, features promiently on the front of the building which is situated in Smithdown Place.  Heathfield Branch is opened in 1906 and is not to be confused with Smithdown Branch, opened twenty years earlier at Smithdown Road.

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At the time this photo was taken, the Branch still bore a plaque, fitted across the doorway, displaying the Bank of Liverpool’s opening hours, which prior to 1918 are four hours longer each week than the standard hours seen during Martins’ era.

By 1969 the staff associations and the banking union and have pushed for an end to Saturday opening, and Martins’ former branches begin to open late on Thursdays by way of compensating customers for the reduction in trading hours.

In Service: January 1906 until October 1972

Image © Barclays Ref: 0030-4473

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For Barclays, this will be a temporary move whilst its network of Barclaycash machines is expanded more quickly than originally planned.  However, competitive pressure, and in particular banking’s new found love for “marketing” will bring Saturday opening back again within about twelve years, and all banks will then fight to sit at the top of the slippery slope of selling ever more inventive but flawed “products” before descending into today’s morass of untrusted, and unloved banks with unused branches.  It is all a far cry from the commitment to extremely high standards of service espoused by Martins Bank… We shall return therefore to1965, as Heathfield bids farewell to Manager Adrian Ellis, who after 42 years with the bank is, sadly, too ill to be at his own retirement celebration…

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1965 01 MBM.jpg1954 to 1965 Mr A R Ellis Manager MBM-Sp65P56.jpgthe many friends of Mr Adrian R. Ellis were extremely sorry when increasing health problems caused his retirement at the end of December. At the time his absence from Heathfield branch, of which he had been Manager for 10 years, made a formal presentation impossible much to the regret of his colleagues, but a cheque to which they had subscribed was sent to him by Mr Buchanan who expressed the Bank's gratitude for more than 42 years' excellent service and conveyed good wishes for the future. Mr Ellis entered the service at Water Street in 1923 working in Merseyside branches until going in 1939 to Plymouth where he became Manager in 1941. After 3 years with H.M. Forces he joined the Visiting Inspection Department in 1946 and was appointed Manager of Heathfield branch in 1954.

1909 to 1913 Mr F E Bold MBM-Su47P25.jpg

1913 Mr F J Brennell joined the bank here MBM-Au55P47.jpg

1920 to 1922 Mr W Roberts MBM-Su55P52.jpg

1925 to 1929 Mr J V Dobie Pro Manager MBM-Au57P54.jpg

1936 approx to 1937 Mr A E Pearson MBM-Wi57P48.jpg

1942 to 1942 Mr W A Foulkes Pro Manager MBM-Au60P52.jpg

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Mr F E Bold

On the Staff

1909 to 1913

Mr F J Brennell

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W Roberts

On the Staff

1920 to 1922

Mr J V Dobie

Pro Manager

1925 to 1929

Mr A E Pearson

On the Staff

1936 to 1937

Mr W A Foulkes

Pro Manager

1942 to 1942

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1942 to 1943 Mr D W S Wilson MBM-Sp65P07.jpg

1949 to 1953 Mr K E Jarvis MBM-Au62P42.jpg

1949 to 1954 Mr W Alderton MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

1954 to 1965 Mr A R Ellis Manager MBM-Sp65P56.jpg

1965 Mr RE Pickering Manager MBM-Sp65P05.jpg

1968 Mr JW Tickle pro Manager MBM-Wi68P08.jpg

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Mr D W S Wilson

On the Staff

1942 to 1943

Mr K E Jarvis

On the Staff

1949 to 1953

Mr W Alderton

On the Staff

1949 to 1954

Mr A R Ellis


1954 to 1965

Mr R E Pickering


1965 onwards

Mr J W Tickle

Pro Manager


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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-42-40 Liverpool Heathfield

Full Branch

7 Smithdown Place Liverpool L15 9EL

21 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

SEFton Pk 7032

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R E Pickering Manager


Liverpool Garston

January 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

October 1972

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-76 Liverpool Heathfield


Liverpool Heywoods


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