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Bank of Liverpool

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The Bank of Liverpool opens a Branch at Toxteth to in 1888 and so begins a one hundred and four year relationship with the area that sees everything from the money rich times of the late nineteenth century, to the riots of the 1980s and beyond. In view of this record of service, that Martins Bank’s former Branch now sells “Bargain Booze” does not really seem a fitting end for this lovely old building but, since the late 1960s, change has come to every part of England and Wales, and altered many of the Bank’s Branches beyond recognition.  For our Toxteth feature, we have a retirement write-up for a long serving member of the staff -  After forty-four years, the last six of these as Manager of Toxteth Branch, Mr MacDonald retires, and receives the usual farewell gathering and gifts from his colleagues and friends…


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Martins Bank Magazine Spring 19661960 to 1966 Mr K Macdonald Manageron a cold and wintry evening at the end of November, 26 colleagues and friends gathered at Toxteth Branch to extend warm good wishes to Kenneth Macdonald, the Manager, retiring after 44 years' service. Mr I. Buchanan (Liverpool District General Manager) paid tribute to Mr Mac­donald for long and dedicated service to both Bank and customers, and particularly for his valuable training of staff. He pre­sented him with a slide projector and ex­pressed his best wishes for a long and happy retirement. Mrs Macdonald was handed a bouquet by Miss Foster.  Thanking Mr Buchanan and his friends for their gift and their kindly thoughts, Mr Macdonald said he and his wife would now be able to indulge further their hobby of photography, even at the risk of boring their friends with holiday photographs. The guests were then entertained to a buffet meal. Earlier, Mr Macdonald had lunched with the General Management and with the District General Management at Head Office, and on November 30 the Liverpool Assistant District Manager called at the Branch to wish him well. Mr Macdonald joined the Bank at Head Office in 1921 and apart from three years in the R.A.F. spent all his career in the Liver­pool District. He was appointed Manager at St Luke's Branch, Southport, in 1955 and became Manager at Toxteth in 1960.

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1903 Mr E B Gillard joined the service here MBM-Wi47P11.jpg

1905 Mr H M Shaw joined the bank here MBM-Sp50P10.jpg

1910 to 1915 Mr W R Woods MBM-Sp57P50.jpg

1929 Mr W C Frost MBM-Su65P55.jpg

1929 to 1930 Mr W S Roberts ProManager MBM-Au56P24.jpg

1930 to 1935 Mr R M Shaw Pro Manager MBM-Sp50P11.jpg







Mr E B Gillard

Joined the Bank Here


Mr H M Shaw

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W R Woods

On the Staff

1910 to 1915

Mr W C Frost

On the Staff


Mr W S Roberts

Pro Manager

1929 to 1930

Mr R M Shaw

Pro Manager

1930 to 1935







1934  to 1947 Mr H T Fielding Manager MBM-Wi47P08.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr J B Cullen joined the bank here MBM-Au64P06.jpg

1944 to 1946 Mr A Butcher joined the bank here MBM-Sp66P06.jpg

1947 to 1948 Mr E Russell MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1948 to 1949 Mr H Tonks MBM-Au66P05.jpg

1949 to 1950 Mr D J Fryer joined the bank here MBM-Sp69P10.jpg







Mr H T Fielding


1934 to 1947

Mr J B Cullen

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Mr A Butcher

Joined the Bank Here

1944 to 1946

Mr E Russell

On the Staff

1947 to 1948

Mr H Tonks

On the Staff

1948 to 1949

Mr D J Fryer

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1950







1960 to 1966 Mr K Macdonald Manager MBM-Sp66P53.jpg

1951 to 1954 Staff then 1966 onwards Mr H Dixon Manager MBM-Sp66P04.jpg

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Mr K Macdonald


1960 to 1966

Mr H Dixon

Staff 1951 to 1954

Manager 1966 onwards





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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-65-80 Liverpool Toxteth

Full Branch

160 Aigburth Road Liverpool 17

40 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

LARk Lane 3234

Nightsafe Installed

Mr H Dixon Manager

9 April 1888

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

16 October 1992


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-90 Liverpool Toxteth


Bargain Booze