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Bank of Liverpool

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Martins Bank’s Branch at 1 Prescot Street Liverpool 7 is known simply (and perhaps somewhat confusingly to those outside the North West) as “East” Branch.  Opened in April 1885 by the Bank of Liverpool, it survives for more than 100 years before being closed.   The ornate tower can be seen from quite a distance in this part of the City, and this lovely image of East Branch is taken probably in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

1964 Used Chq Strawsons Ltd Blanked by MBA

This customised cheque from East Branch, is a really good example of the personalised stationery that many of Martins Bank’s business customers can choose.  The customer pays a small extra charge for this service, but they are then able to show off their branding (and of course that of the Bank) to everyone to whom a cheque is payable – a great way to advertise, in fact.  We are grateful to Martins Staff Member Irene Briggs, who as Irene Lloyd joined the bank in April 1968 for the example further down this page of a personalised cheque for Liverpool East Branch. It also bears an encoded line, heralding Martins Bank’s move into computerisation.

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In Service: April 1885 until 13 November 1992

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1950 ish Liverpool East exterior BGA Ref 30-1667.jpg

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1667

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For our Liverpool East feature, Martins Bank Magazine takes us to the farewell gathering of Mr Gorst, who has clocked up an amazing forty-three years’ service with the Bank.  He is loved and respected by staff and customers alike, and he is honoured by the presentation of a gold watch…

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1965 04 MBM.jpg1961 to 1965 Mr E T Gorst Manager MBM-Wi65P52.jpgnearly seventy past and present members of the staff with several customers met at East branch, Liverpool, on September 30 when Mr I. Buchanan presented a gold watch to Mr Gorst on his retirement and, speaking of his friendly and helpful nature, the basis of his success as a branch manager, thanked him for his loyal service. After Mrs Gorst had been handed a bouquet by Mrs Sheila Royds, Mr Gorst thanked his friends for their gift. He had enjoyed every minute of his career which had rewarded him with many friendships inside and outside the Bank and for this reason his retirement was tinged with sadness.  With formalities over, Mr and Mrs Gorst entertained their guests to a buffet meal.

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

A week earlier the branch had been the scene of a party at which many of Mr Gorst’s customers had presented him with a silver cigarette box and a cheque. After entering the Bank at Water Street in 1922 Mr Gorst served at several Liverpool District branches and in Trustee Depart­ment before joining the visiting inspectors in 1946.

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He was appointed manager at Garston in 1950 and at East branch in 1961. He will be remembered for his work as Hon. General Secretary of the Staff Association from 1948-50, and for his encouragement and training of young staff.

1903 Mr L F Ellis joined the service here MBM-Wi47P09.jpg

1906 to 1911 Mr H J Ashcroft Staff Member MBM-Su46P15.jpg

1912 to 1929 Mr T A Grimes MBM-Au47P18.jpg

1916 Mr A E Pearson MBM-Wi57P48.jpg

1916 to 1923 Mr W E Worral Joined the service here MBM-Su58P54.jpg

1931 to 1935 Mr G H M Clayton joined the bank here MBM-Au64P03.jpg

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Mr L F Ellis

Joined the Bank Here


Mr H J Ashcroft

On the Staff

1906 to 1911

Mr T A Grimes

On the staff

1912 to 1929

Mr A E Pearson

On the Staff


Mr W E Worrall

Joined the Bank Here

1916 to 1923

Mr G H M Clayton

Joined the Bank Here

1931 to 1935

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1932 to 1933 Mr W R Gordon MBM-Wi60P49.jpg

1934 to 1935 Mr T A Samuel Pro Manager MBM-Sp47P28.jpg

1938 to 1948 Mr H F Smith MBM-Su67P03.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr C F Morris joined the bank here MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1943 to 1944 Mr L Manslow joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P07.jpg

1944 to 1945 Mr A M Lee joined the bank here MBM-Au65P02.jpg

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Mr W R Gordon

On the Staff

1932 to 1933

Mr T A Samuel

Pro Manager

1934 to 1935

Mr H F Smith

On the staff

1938 to 1948

Mr C F Morris

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Mr L Manslow

Joined the Bank here

1943 to 1944

Mr A M Lee

Joined the Bank Here

1944 to 1945

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1945 Mr J E Deyes Pro Manager MBM-Au46P07.jpg

1946 to 1948 Mr G K Eaves Pro Manager MBM-Su62P30.jpg

1946 to 1955 Mr W Roberts Manager MBM-Su55P52.jpg

1947 to 1949 Mr W C Berkley joined the bank here MBM-Sp66P07.jpg

1948 to 1948 Mr E R Carr Pro Manager MBM-Sp67P51.jpg

1948 to 1953 Mr E Wylie Pro Manager MBM-Au66P49.jpg

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Mr J E Deyes

Pro Manager


Mr G K Eaves

Pro Manager

1946 to 1948

Mr W Roberts


1946 to 1955

Mr W C Berkley

Joined the Bank here

1947 to 1949

Mr R E Carr

Pro Manager

1948 to 1948

Mr Eric Wylie

Pro Manager

1948 to 1953

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1953 to 1955 Mr A E Houslay  MBM-Sp68P08.jpg

1955 to 1961 Mr J Lewis Manager MBM-Au61P50.jpg

1956 to 1957 Mr R P Gordon Pro Manager MBM-Su61P06.jpg

1956 to 1961 Mr F Dixon Pro Manager MBM-Su61P48.jpg

1958 to 1960 Mr A Taylor Pro Manager MBM-Su64P03.jpg

1958 to 1964 Mr R C Webster Pro Manager MBM-Wi64P53.jpg

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Mr A E Housley

On The Staff

1953 to 1955

Mr J Lewis


1955 to 1961

Mr R P Gordon

Pro Manager

1956 to 1957

Mr F Dixon

Pro Manager

1956 to 1961

Mr A Taylor

Pro Manager

1958 to 1960

Mr R C Webster

Pro Manager

1958 to 1964

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1961 to 1965 Mr E T Gorst Manager MBM-Wi65P52.jpg

1961 to 1965 Mr J B Hawkins Pro Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1964 to 1967 Mr J Blair Limited Authority MBM-Su67P07.jpg

1965 Mr RL Couper Manager MBM-Wi65P03.jpg

1965 to 1966 Mr W Pearson Assistant Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1966 Lynda Cunningham Accounts MBM-Sp66P47.jpg






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Mr E T Gorst


1961 to 1965

Mr J B Hawkins

Pro Manager

1961 to 1965

Mr J Blair

Limited Authority

1961 to 1967

Mr R L Couper


1965 onwards

Mr W Pearson

Assistant Manager

1965 to 1966

Miss Linda Cunningham

Accounts Staff


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1966 to 1967 Mr K E Buxton Assistant Manager MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1967 Mr B Ritchie  pro Manager MBM-Su67P07.jpg

1967 Mr ML Corrin Assistant Manager MBM-Su67P08.jpg

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Mr K E Buxton

Assistant Manager

1966 to 1967

Mr B Ritchie

Pro Manager


Mr M L Corrin

Assistant Manager





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Prescot Road


Prescot Street


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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-52-30 Liverpool East

Full Branch

PO Box No EDO7 1 Prescot Street Liverpool L7 8UF

14 Liverpool

Mon to Fri1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

051 243 3522/3

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R L Couper Manager


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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Liverpool Custom House

April 1885

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

13 November 1992

Opened by Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20- 50-74 Liverpool East


Liverpool Exchange

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