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Bank of Liverpool

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Sefton Park Branch is opened in 1893 by the Bank of Liverpool.  It is located at 435 Smithdown Road on the corner of Langdale Road, and is not to be confused with Martins Bank’s Smithdown Branch at the other end of Smithdown road.  The Bank has a large number of Liverpool Branches, and each of them provides Martins’ unique and helpful customer service.  From the splendour of 4 Water Street, to some of the most deprived parts of the City, you will always receive a warm welcome from Martins.  The Bank’s iconic Coat of Arms hanging sign cannot often be so clearly seen in photographs, as in this one which comes from a close up of Sefton Park Branch. 

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1960 s Liverpool Sefton Park Hanging Sign CU BGA Ref 30-1681.jpgWhilst the Grasshopper and Liver Bird are intended to identify the Bank’s Branches throughout the land, there is some resistance in the south, where the tradition of a three dimensional golden grasshopper has been in place for a long time.  Branches that are originally part of the old Martin’s Private Bank cherish the grasshopper, and its sixteenth century links to Sir Thomas Gresham at Lombard Street.  In the 1950s and up to about 1966/7 new hanging signs are made in order to display outside ALL Branches, to make them more visible along the high street. 

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1681


They are also quite beautiful in their own way, the idea of a hanging sign itself dating back centuries, and originally indicating to those who could not read, the presence of every kind of trader, from pawnbroker to barber. At about the same time as the merger discussions with Barclays, the Liver Bird is dropped from Martins’ branding, and the grasshopper makes a brief comeback – particularly in Martins’ brand new branches, where large and rather scary models are often on display. (See LONDON MARYLEBONE ROAD). 

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We hold one example of a Sefton Park Branch cheque in the Archive. It dates from 1939, well before the advent of the magnetic ink characters that will enable cheques to be read by machine.  At this time the amount box is still situated at the bottom of the cheque.  It is amazing to think that until the mid 1960s, the only way bank cashiers can identify which customer has used a particular cheque, is to be able to recognise their signature!  Now to our Martins Bank Magazine feature, in which it is with some sadness that staff are told that in the Autumn of 1963, with only four years’ service as Manager at Sefton Park, Mr Camidge must finally give in to a prolonged period of illness and retire from the bank.  His farewell cocktail party held at the branch at the end of October is clearly a sign of his popularity, attended as it is by many customers, as well as staff.  A sad reminder of past conventions is that although Mr Camidge has continuing ill health, he is presented as a farewell gift of ashtrays and a table cigarette lighter 


1965 04 MBM.jpg1959 to 1963 Mr G F Camidge Manager MBM-Wi63P56.jpgit was a matter of considerable regret to his many friends that, through continuing ill health, Mr Camidge retired from the service of the Bank at the end of October. He had been Manager of Sefton Park branch for the past four years and although he had reques­ted that there should be no formal presentation he was handed silver ash trays and a table lighter, and Mrs Camidge received a bouquet, before their guests arrived at the branch for a farewell cocktail party.  Many customers were among those present and Mr J. A. James (Inspector) made a short speech, in the unavoidable absence of the District General Manager, to which Mr Camidge responded. Entering the service in 1925 at Victoria Street branch Mr Camidge worked at Liverpool District branches throughout his career apart from five years with H.M. Forces and a year at Northampton. He joined the Sefton Park branch staff in 1951 as second man, becoming Manager in 1959.

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Six years on from the merger of Martins and Barclays, all still seems quiet and peacefulat this end of Smithdown Road. A rare colour shot also seems to be showing a rare day of blue sky and sunshine over Merseyside in 1975…

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Images © Barclays Ref


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1907 Mr R M Shaw joined the bank here  MBM-Sp50P11.jpg

1923 Mr F A Chadwick joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P60.jpg

1934 to 1939 Mr A D Gollifer Manager MBM-Su58P25.jpg

1935 to 1941 Mr S Webster MBM-Au69P56.jpg

1936 to 1937 Mr C M Tenneson joined the bank here MBM-Wi66P03.jpg

1938 to 1955 Mr J Lewis Manager MBM-Au61P50.jpg

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Mr R M Shaw

Joined the Bank Here


Mr F A Chadwick

Joined the Bank Here


Mr A D Gollifer


1934 to 1939

Mr S Webster

On the Staff

1935 to 1941

Mr C M Tenneson

Joined the Bank Here

1936 to 1937

Mr J Lewis


1938 to 1955

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1946 to 1947 Mr M S Williams  MBM-Wi66P03.jpg

1953 to 1955 Mr K W T Crowden joined the bank here MBM-Au69P11.jpg

1953 to 1956 Mr D J Stewart MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

1955 to 1959 Mr F A Goodman Manager MBM-Sp62P48.jpg

1958 to 1959 Mr R D Dyke joined the bank here MBM-Au66P05.jpg

1959 to 1963 Mr G F Camidge Manager MBM-Wi63P56.jpg

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Mr M S Williams

On the Staff

1946 to 1947

Mr K W T Crowden

Joined the Bank Here

1935 to 1955

Mr D J Stewart

On the Staff

1953 to 1956

Mr F A Goodman


1955 to 1959

Mr R D Dyke

Joined the Bank Here

1958 to 1959

Mr G F Camidge


1959 to 1963

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1961 to 1964 Mr JR Hullock MBM-Su64P05.jpg

1963 to 1967 Mr G L Humphreys Manager MBM-Wi63P06.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr B Ritchie MBM-Su67P07.jpg

1967 Mr DWS Wilson Manager MBM-Su67P03.jpg

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BW Logo

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Mr J R Hullock

On the Staff

1961 to 1964

Mr G L Humphreys


1963 to 1967

Mr B Ritchie

On the Staff

1965 to 1967

Mr D W S Wilson


1967 onwards



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Index Number and District:





Martins Bank Limited 11-64-70 Liverpool Sefton Park

Full Branch

435 Smithdown Road Liverpool 15

36 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

SEFton Pk 5734

Nightsafe Installed

Mr D W S Wilson Manager


18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

10 August 1990


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-87 Liverpool Sefton Park


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