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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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Heswall Branch is opened in 1925 by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank.  It is located on the Wirral Peninsula, and is responsible for sub-Branches at Irby and Neston. Heswall is one of a number of branches for which we have little information but there are a few images in the Barclays Collection.  The strong presence of Martins Bank on the Wirral and throughout Cheshire is the result of the various amalgamations that have taken place over the years to build the modern day Bank. In 1958 the branch is given a makeover, and the following short article is published in Martins Bank Magazine to give staff a glimpse of the new interior, and to highlight the lavish materials that have gone into achieving the new look…

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“New look” at Heswall…

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/1292

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The contemporary trend in bank architecture has been observed in the interior decoration and furnishing of our new Heswall branch premises at 26, Pensby Road. The wall which forms the background to the customers’ space is in Rose Caroline marble and the waiting room has rich wall surfaces of Sapele mahogany. The heating of the bank is done through the ceiling which also contains flush light fittings.


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Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1292

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Sorting out the cheques…

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1950 s Blank ChequeIn the days before magnetic ink characters, cheques are sorted by NATIONAL NUMBER and a two letter code. This pre-electronic Heswall cheque dates from November 1957 and is amongst the collection of Martins Bank vouchers in our archive.  Cheques bearing the blue stamp duty paid symbol are easy to date, as the month and year of production forms part of the design of the symbol.

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1946 to 1949 Mr W S M Wilson MBM-Au66P06.jpg

1947 to 1954 Mr H A G Birchall Manager MBM-Wi68P55.jpg

1952 to 1954 Mr P A Smethurst joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P06.jpg

1961 to 1967 Mr R M Evans Pro Manager MBM-Wi67P04.jpg

1967 Mr DJ Knowles pro Manager MBM-Wi67P04.jpg

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Mr W S M Wilson

On the Staff

1946 to 1949

Mr H A G Birchall


1947 to 1954

Mr P A Smethurst

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1954

Mr R M Evans

Pro Manager

1961 to 1967

Mr D J Knowles

Pro Manager



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Index Number and District:






11-56-40 Heswall

Full Branch

26 Pensby Road Heswall Wirral Cheshire

57 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

ARGosy 5193

Nightsafe Installed

J S Thomson Manager

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11-56-40 IRBY

11-29-60 NESTON




3 January 1928

15 December 1969


Opened by Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-40-03 Heswall Pensby Road