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Bank of Liverpool

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The rapid expansion of the Bank of Liverpool in latter part of the Nineteenth Century brings us many of the Liverpool suburban branches we know today in Martins.  The speed of growth is in fact so great as to necessitate the creation of an Inspector of Branches by the Bank of Liverpool – one of the earliest examples of the visiting inspectors still dreaded by hard-working bank clerks everywhere!  Just how well a visit from the inspectors went down in the 1890s is probably something we’ll never know… In 1893 a branch is opened at 415 West Derby Road, Tue Brook.  The Branch is later moved to the premises shown above, 611 West Derby Road.  Under Martins Bank Tue Brook is a standalone branch with no sub branches, and opens for the full banking week. 

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1940 s Liverpool Tue Brook Exterior BGA Ref 30-1687.jpg

Image ca. 1937 © Barclays Ref 0030/1687

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This includes Saturday mornings until the reforms implemented by Barclays and others after the merger in 1969, when practically every bank extends its Monday to Friday opening by one hour each day, and abolishes Saturday opening.  In the Martins tradition of being first, Barclays is at the front of the queue to re-open on Saturdays in the 1980s, (followed in the course of the next two decades by most other banks)!    In 1942 Miss N E Owen joins the staff at Tue Brook, and shows such promise that within six years she is promoted to a junior post in Staff Department, Head Office.  Oddly enough Mr R H Price, Staff Manager in 1948 also joined the bank at Tue Brook – coincidence or “keeping it in the family”? Who knows… The following is a short adaptation from an article about the work of Staff department, published by Martins Bank Magazine in 1948…

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1948 04 MBM.jpgMiss N E Owen MBM-Wi48P32{It is just a truism to say that we are all concerned with Staff Department from the  moment of our application for admission into the service until the day when our record card is taken out of the pensioners’ file and placed among the archives in a little room outside the department. But though our concern is great our knowledge of what takes place to ensure the smooth handling of the various matter which affect the administration of a large staff, is usually slight…}   {In Mr R H Price*, the Staff Manager, we are fortunate in having a man of wide understanding and sympathy whose genial personality had made him friends all over the service. He must know and remember as many people as possible, but he is ably assisted by a number of staff…} {The newest recruit to the Department is Miss Nora Owen, who joined the bank in 1942 and has served at Tue Brook and on head Office Relief before joining the staff of the department in September. she was educated at Calder High School…}

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Our visit to Tue Brook is rounded off with a look at the Branch under Barclays, just a few years into the merger. This lovely colour image is from the mid 1970s, when all appears to be going along well and the the building has been cleaned!

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1940 s Liverpool Tue Brook Exterior BGA Ref 30-1687.jpg

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1687


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1904 to 1906 Mr H J Ashcroft Staff Member MBM-Su46P15.jpg

1905 to 1906 Mr A D Thomas MBM-Au47P14.jpg

1914 to 1916 Mr R H Price joined the service here MBM-Au47P10.jpg

1918 Mr J H Woodfine joined the bank here MBM-Wi61P52.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr D G Telfer joined the bank here MBM-Wi66P05.jpg

1942 Miss NE Owen joined the bank here MBM-Wi48P32.jpg

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Mr H J Ashcroft

On the staff

1904 to 1906

Mr A D Thomas

On the Staff

1905 to 1906

Mr R H Price

Joined the Bank Here

1914 to 1916

Mr J H Woodfine

Joined the Bank Here


Mr D G Telfer

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Miss N E Owen

Joined the Bank Here


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1951 to 1956 Mr A D Barlow MBM-Wi65P04.jpg

1954 to 1961 Mr H A G Birchall Manager MBM-Wi68P55.jpg

1961 to 1966 Mr L D Tunna Manager MBM-Sp66P07.jpg

1966 Mr SJ Crisp Manager MBM-Sp66P07.jpg

1966 to 1968 Mr R S Thomas pro Manager MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1968 Mr J Bickerstaff pro Manager MBM-Wi68P07.jpg

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Mr A D Barlow

On the Staff

1951 to 1956

Mr H A G Birchall


1954 to 1961

Mr L D Tunna


1961 to 1966

Mr S J Crisp


1966 onwards

Mr R S Thomas

Pro Manager

1966 to 1968

Mr J Bickerstaff

Pro Manager

1968 onwards

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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-68-80 Liverpool Tue Brook                          

Full Branch

611 West Derby Road Liverpool 13

41 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

STOneycroft 4654/5

Nightsafe Installed

Mr S J Crisp Manager

October 1893


23 May 1907



18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 April 1937

14 September 1966

15 December 1969

15 May 1998


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool at 415 West Derby Road on seven year leases until

Lease renewed to 1914, however:

Conveyance from Liverpool Land Company Limited to

the bank, a piece of land at corner of West Derby Road

and Victoria Road - 611 West Derby Road

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank registered as owners of this property

611 West Derby Road, listed as a building of special architectural or historic interest

Barclays Bank Lmited 20-50-92 Liverpool Tuebrook