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Bank of Liverpool

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Yet another in Martins Bank’s seemingly endless Wallasey group of branches is Seacombe, one of the points at which the “Ferry cross the Mersey” stops at, in the famous 60s song.  Inside this branch we glimpse a traditional counter that has (possibly thankfully) not yet felt the hand of the 1960s makeover team, and looks to be the same beautiful wood installed in 1900 by the Bank of Liverpool.  The absence of bandit screens in particular preserves the character and charm here at Seacombe. Once again beautifully appointed, this office is a full branch of Martins Bank with a long succession of managers – some of whom feature in the staff gallery below. 

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1960 s Wallasey Seacombe Exterior BGA Ref 30-2572

Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/2572

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Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/2572

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Later, we look at the possible record-setting service of cleaners at Seacombe branch, but first, in the summer of 1962 it is the turn of Mr Frank Green to retire from the service of the Bank, and this is marked as usual by a short feature in Martins Bank Magazine…

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1962 04 MBM.jpg1941 to 1962 Mr F Green Manager MBM-Wi62P50.jpgTo mark the occasion of his retirement after 44 years' service, Mr. Frank Green, Manager at Seacombe since 1941, entertained his friends and colleagues to tea at the branch on August 30th. At Mr. Green's request there was no formal presentation of the cheque representing the gift from his many friends, but a great many of them came to see him and to express their good wishes. Mr. Ian Buchanan, Liverpool District General Manager, had previously entertained him to lunch and thanked him on behalf of the General Manage­ment for his long and faithful service.  In the Liverpool District Frank Green will be remembered, apart from his banking service, for his active support of the Operatic Society in whose presentations of Gilbert and Sullivan opera he appeared with distinction in a number of leading roles. Mr. and Mrs. Green celebrated the first days of their retirement by going with the Bank party to Austria and widening their circle of friends very considerably as a result. Mr. Green entered the Bank in 1918 and during the course of his career served at Chester, Rock Ferry, Head Office, Cattle Trade branch, on the Relief staff, Liverpool City Office and Prenton. He was appointed Manager at Seacombe in 1941.

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Long Term Cleaning…

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1966 01.jpgThe hardworking ladies who take over and clean branches and offices after we have left, rarely feature in the news, though we have frequently heard tributes paid to them.  At Seacombe Branch, Mrs Annie Sargeant was the cleaner from 1902 to 1938, and Mrs Ethel McMinn, who succeeded her on 1 January 1939, is still “in office”.  Living above the branch she did her full quota of fire-watching in the war years and still keeps a vigilant eye on the premises.  Perhaps some other branch can beat Seacombe’s record of only two cleaners in sixty-four years, but it is still a record to be proud of.

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1903 Mr H W Grice joined the service here MBM-Su47P28.jpg

1914 to 1932  Mr F H Carlisle Manager MBM-Su46P19.jpg

1932 to 1934 Mr D D Lynch Manager MBM-Su53P50.jpg

1934 to 1941 Mr A T Freeman Manager MBM-Au56P49.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr J F Holford joined th bank here MBM-Su66P07.jpg

1940 to 1941 Mr PG Kennerley 1966 Manager MBM-Sp64P08.jpg

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Mr H W Grice

Joined the Bank Here


Mr F H Carlisle


1914 to 1932

Mr D D Lynch


1932 to 1934

Mr A T Freeman


1934 to 1941

Mr J F Holford

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1939

Mr P G Kennerley

On Staff 1940 to 1941

Manager 1966 onwards

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1941 to 1962 Mr F Green Manager MBM-Wi62P50.jpg

1946 to 1950 Mr W D Milne MBM-Sp66P04.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr S N Joynson MBM-Su67P05.jpg

1952 to 1953 Mr J Hughes joined the bank here MBM-Sp69P11.jpg

1962 to 1966 Mr P H Mellor Clerk in Charge then Manager from 1965 MBM-Au66P04.jpg

BW Logo

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Mr F Green


1941 to 1962

Mr W D Milne

On the Staff

1946 to 1950

Mr S N Joynson

On the Staff

1950 to 1951

Mr J Hughes

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1953

Mr P H Mellor

Clerk in Charge 1962-5

Manager 1965 to 1966


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Index Number and District:






11-55-70 Wallasey Seacombe

Full Branch

192 Borough Road Seacombe Wallasey Cheshire

35 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

WALlasey 1339

Nightsafe Installed

Mr P G Kennerley Manager


18 December 1918

 3 January 1928

15 December 1969

10 November 1986


opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-76-16 Seacombe


Public House

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