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The Bank of Liverpool expands throughout what we now call Merseyside, and the North Western parts of Cheshire.   Ellesmere Port Branch is one of a number to be opened at the turn of the twentieth century.  Built to last, many survive the merger with Barclays, and some are still going strong today, but although Barclays still operates from a Martins Branch in Ellesmere Port, it is not the original branch. As Mr Vaughan, manger of Ellesmere Port for the last sixteen years retires at the end of October 1963 (see feature below), plans are already in the pipeline to look for a larger and more practical site for a branch in Ellesmere Port that will adequately serve the needs of the branch and its self accounting sub branches at Bromborough, Eastham and Little Sutton.  A new office opens for business at 100 Whitby Road 1966, and makes a very modern statement compared to the old branch.  Less than a year later we bid farewell to Station Road which has served as Ellesmere Port Branch for the last sixty-eight years.  We were delighted to be contacted by Paul Haydock who worked for Martins in the mid 1960s, at both Ellesmere Port branches, and their sub branches.  He recalls what happened to Station Road, after the opening of the newer and larger Branch at Whitby Road in 1966…

 

“Station road was operated as a sub-branch when the new branch was opened. Two of us (very young) used to walk down from the new office with the cash and open up the sub branch.  One day, our “escort” locked the front door of the sub-branch and returned to the main office, leaving us locked in and forced to serve customers through the side window, which you can see in the photo!”

 

It seems that even the new branch at Whitby Road didn’t run too smoothly at the start - you can read about one customer’s adventure in another recollection from Paul Haydock on our WHITBY ROAD page…

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1963 04 MBM.jpg1947 to 1963 Mr G E Vaughan Manager MBM-Wi63P58.jpgthere can be very few members of the staff whose birthday, falling on the last day of the month, will coincide with their retirement, but it seemed most appropriate that Gerry Vaughan, Manager of Ellesmere Port, Eastham and Little Sutton branches for the past 16 years, should be one of these if only to underline his firm belief in 'early off'.   On October 31st at the Cheshire and North Wales Glider Club, Eastham, Mr and Mrs Vaughan gave a cocktail party attended by nearly 100 guests to celebrate his birthday and his retirement. The large proportion of young people present, all of whom had at some time worked with him, was clear proof of their regard for him and Mr I. Buchanan (Liverpool District General Manager), in a short speech in which he not only ex­pressed the good wishes of the Bank but stressed the effervescent youthfulness of one of our most active managers, paid tribute to Mr Vaughan for running the happiest of offices. In the sporting field he had participated enthusias­tically in rugby and hockey and he was still playing tennis. He was, said Mr Buchanan when present­ing a stainless steel tea set from many subscribers, 'a cheerful, kindly man and we all wish him well. After Miss Carole Francis had presented a bouquet to Mrs Vaughan, Mr Vaughan opened his short speech of thanks typically with 'Mr Buchanan, friends and colleagues in Martins Bank, (pause} and personal friends—1 think that's rather good don't you ?' but his next words were drowned by laughter. However, he gave us to understand that he would start work again in a new sphere and intends to pack up at 70.   We hope, however, that he will still find time to come along to Bank functions, especially the hockey fixtures. Mr Vaughan entered the service in 1920 at Liverpool City Office, working at Liverpool District branches until becoming Clerk-in-Charge at Eastham in 1937. He spent 3 years in the Royal Navy during the war and joined the visiting inspectors on demobilis­ation. He was appointed Manager at Ellesmere Port in 1947.

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1919 to 1932 Mr Oswald Morris Manager MBM-Sp46P33.jpg

1932 to 1947 Mr F E Bold Manager MBM-Su47P25.jpg

1936 to 1939 Mr J F Willis joined the bank here MBM-Su66P04.jpg

1943 to 1945 joined the bank here and 1956 to 1960 Mr P Turner MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1946 to 1956 later 1963 to 1966 Mr G W Shepherd Manager MBM-Wi63P06.jpg

1947 to 1963 Mr G E Vaughan Manager MBM-Wi63P58.jpg

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Mr Oswald Morris

Manager

1919 to 1932

Mr F E Bold

Manager

1932 to 1947

Mr J F Willis

Joined the Bank Here

1936 to 1939

Mr P Turner

Joined Here 1943-45

On the Staff 1956-60

Mr G W Shepherd

On the Staff 1946-56

Manager 1963-66

Mr G E Vaughan

Manager

1947 to 1963

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1952 to 1953 Mr D A Melling joinedc the bank here MBM-Su67P06.jpg

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Mr D A Melling

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1953

 

 

 

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-68-30 Ellesmere Port Station Road                         

Full Branch

119 Station Road Ellesmere Port Cheshire

16 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Ellesmere Pt 3101

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Mr G W Shepherd Manager

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index & District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-59-30 EASTHAM

Self accounting Sub to 11-68-30 Ellesmere Port

1139 New Chester Road Eastham Wirral  

17 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

051 327 1313

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Mr J B Egan pro Manager

Title:

Type:

Address:

Index & District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-54-50 LITTLE SUTTON

Self Accounting sub to 11-68-30 Ellesmere Port

392 Chester Road Little Sutton Wirral

60 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

HOOton 2133

Nightsafe Installed

J B F Bardsley Clerk in Charge

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1898

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

1966

1967

Currently

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Downgraded to sub branch

Closed

Clinical Services Provider

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