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Martins Bank 1928+

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A very busy year…

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A pivotal year for the newly formed Martins Bank Limited, 1928 sees a flurry of new Branches appearing all over the country, including one in the village of Irby, in Cheshire. It is not often that we come across such a nostalgic scene of life in the 1950s, as in the image of Irby from October 1959 shown above. 

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You could almost be there now.  The branch closes in 1939 and re-opens in 1946. With so many of Martins’ staff called up to fight in the Second World War, it becomes impossible to keep some branches open. Many, like Irby, are essentially  mothballed for “the duration”,  but many are less fortunate, and will never open their doors again.

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In Service: 16 February 1928 until 7 April 2000

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1969 Branch Exterior from Postcard Ref. IBY.7F PA.jpg

Image © Barclays

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Image © Frith Ltd Ref I42007

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Extracts from Martins Bank Limited

Annual Report and Accounts for 1928 – © Barclays

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This view of Irby Branch was immortalised on a postcard in 1955 by Francis Frith®, whose photograph is of particular historic interest as it shows how Irby looked before the Branch was extended into the premises next door.  During the mid 1960s and up to the merger with Barclays, Martins undertook a huge programme of renovation, expansion, knock-down and rebuild of its Branch stock. This was in addition to opening dozens of new offices particularly across the South of England and Wales.

At the time of the 1969 Merger of Martins and Barclays, Irby is kept on, and continues as a sub-Branch to Heswall,  serving customers for more than thirty years before being closed in April 2000.



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Index Number and Distirct:






11-56-40 Irby

Sub to 11-56-40 Heswall

1 Mill Hill Road Irby Heswall Wirral L61 4UB Cheshire

57 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1230

Saturday 0930-1100

IRBy 1449

No Nightsafe

Mr J S Thompson Manager (Heswall)



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Ipswich 6 Buttermarket

16 February 1928



15 December 1969

7 April 2000

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War 2


Barclays Bank Limited 20-40-03 Heswall, Pensby Road

Closed permanently from 12 noon

Irlam (Manchester)


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