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Bank of Liverpool

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Martins Bank’s Branch at Liscard, Wallasey, certainly does look as if it is very much at the centre of things in this busy shot from the 1960s. On the inside, the branch seems to be every bit as spacious as it looks from the outside of this beautifully appointed building.  Opened in 1906 by the Bank of Liverpool, Liscard has the characteristic corner aspect, favoured by the Bank of Liverpool, which allows the branch to be in two streets at once! Out of a total of fourteen Martins Bank Branches in this part of the Wirral Peninsula – seven in Birkenhead, seven in Wallasey, Liscard is the only one still open today. 

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1960 s Liscard Village Exterior BGA Ref 30-1645.jpg

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1645


1960 to 1966 Mr F B Snaith Manager MBM-Sp66P58.jpgIn 1966 staff are getting ready to say a special farewell to a manager who is so popular, former colleagues are travelling great distances to be at his retirement gathering.  Martins Bank Magazine takes up the story of Fred Snaith’s goodbye, in the following article published in the Spring of 1966…

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1966 01 MBM.jpgstaff from as far as Middlesbrough, and customers, were among the 80 people who met at Liscard branch on November 30 to wish Fred Snaith and his wife a happy retirement. Mr I. Buchanan (Liverpool District General Manager), on behalf of many subscribers, presented a cheque to Mr Snaith and a tea set to Mrs Snaith who also received a bouquet from Miss Watson.  Referring to Mr Snaith's long and varied service in several Districts Mr Buchanan reminded his listeners that Mr Snaith entered at South Shields: he was a North Eastener 'where you either come from or are sent'.

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1960 s Wallasey Liscard Village Interior 1 BGA Ref 30-1645.jpg

1960 s Wallasey Liscard Village Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-1645.jpg

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1645

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He crossed the country to the Liverpool District in 1935, working at various branches with a break for four years' war service. Three years as Pro Manager at Hanley from 1946 were followed by service in Head Office Inspection Department during which time he visited three quarters of the District's branches. Then in 1956 came his appointment as Manager at Walton and five years ago he became Manager at Liscard. He would always be remembered for his golf triumphs, said Mr Buchanan, as he had won the Armstrong Cup twice and the Directors' Challenge Cup.


Image © Martins Bank Archive


Thanking his guests Mr Snaith said that the cheque would be used for golf clubs and that these and his gardening tools would be in regular use. The formalities over, Mr and Mrs Snaith entertained the visitors to a cocktail party.

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1929 to 1933 Mr F J Clee MBM-Wi65P06.jpg

1936 to 1941 Mr A L D Carson MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1938 to 1946 Mr W R Gordon Manager MBM-Au46P20.jpg

1946 to 1960 Mr G P Wheaton Manager MBM-Au60P49.jpg

1950 Mr J H Jennings MBM-Wi50P52.jpg

1951 to 1952 Mr W P Colebourne joined the bank here MBM-Au67P05.jpg

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Mr F J Clee

On the Staff

1929 to 1933

Mr A L D Carson

On the Staff

1936 to 1941

Mr W R Gordon


1938 to 1946

Mr G P Wheaton


1946 to 1950

Mr J H Jennings

On the Staff


Mr W P Colebourne

Joined the Bank Here

1951 to 1952

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1957 to 1959  Mr R S Thomas MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1958 to 1964  Mr H H Lees Pro Manager MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1959 to 1965 Mr P A Smethurst MBM-Sp68P06.jpg

1960 to 1966 Mr F B Snaith Manager MBM-Sp66P58.jpg

1964 Mr P Turner Pro Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1966 Mr AJ Irving Manager MBM-Sp66P07.jpg

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Mr R S Thomas

On the Staff

1957 to 1959

Mr H H Lees

Pro Manager

1958 to 1964

Mr P A Smethurst

On the Staff

1959 to 1965

Mr F B Snaith


1960 to 1966

Mr P Turner

Pro Manager


Mr A J Irving


1966 onwards

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Index Number and District:






11-48-50 Wallasey Liscard

Full Branch

2 Liscard Village Wallasey Cheshire

27 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

051 638 1082

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A J Irving Manager

30 July 1906

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-36 Wallasey Liscard Village



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