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Martins Bank 1928+

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This is Martins Bank’s shiny new Branch at Maghull pictured in its year of opening, 1938. As a standalone branch, Maghull operates a full banking service across the six day banking week, makes it through the merger with Barclays in 1969.  The branch survives into the twenty-first century, celebrating its 75th Birthday in 2013, but is closed by Barclays in March 2014.  The days of “a job for life” seem well and truly gone, but there are many examples elsewhere on this site of Martins Branch Managers whose careers have spanned several decades; it is not uncommon for some to have served the Bank for almost fifty years.


In service: 5 October 1938 – 7 March 2014

1938  Maghull Exterior ACU BGA Ref 30-1778

Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/1778

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In our feature below, we look at the retirement celebrations for Mr J H Thomas who is Manager at Maghull from 1955 to 1964 and has completed a total of forty-four years’ service with the bank…

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1964 01 MBM.jpg1955 to 1964 Mr J H Thomas Manager MBM-Sp64P56.jpgat the end of January Mr J. H. Thomas, Manager at Maghull since 1955, retired. Despite Mr Thomas's request that the occasion be a quiet one, some thirty colleagues, past and present, gathered at the branch on the evening before his official retirement to pay tribute and to wish him well.  The presentation of a nest of occasional tables was made by Mr I. Buchanan (Liverpool Dis­trict 1938  Maghull Exterior  BGA Ref 30-1778General Manager) who spoke of the loyal service given to the Bank by Mr Thomas over the past forty-four years, and of his successful nine years of manage­ment at Maghull branch.

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A bouquet was handed to Mrs Thomas whom everyone was delighted to see and then Mr Thomas in a short but sincere speech thanked all those concerned for their kind thoughts and good wishes. He concluded by inviting everyone to adjourn to the banking hall where the counter had been transformed into a buffet table more than adequately laden for the celebration of such an occa­sion.  Entering the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank in 1920, Mr Thomas served at Old Trafford and Eastbank Street branches prior to the amalgamation. After three years at Birkdale branch he moved in 1932 to Linacre from which branch he entered H.M. Forces in 1942. After the war he spent nine years at Bootle branch before his appointment as Mana­ger at Maghull in 1955.

1938 to 1955 Mr G A Shaw Clerk in charge then Manager from 1946 MBM-Sp65P55.jpg

1955 to 1964 Mr J H Thomas Manager MBM-Sp64P56.jpg

1955 to 1964 Mr J H Thomas Manager MBM-Sp64P56.jpg

1964 Mr CGS Tiffin Manager MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

1966 to 1969 Mr J T Barnes Pro Manager from 1969 MBM-Sp69P07.jpg

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Mr G A Shaw

Clerk in charge

1938 to 1955

Mr J Blair

Joined the Bank Here

1940 to 1942

Mr G D Mills

Joined the Bank Here

1951 to 1953

Mr J H Thomas


1955 to 1964

Mr C G S Tiffin


1964 onwards

Mr J T Barnes

Pro Manager

1966 to 1969

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1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1



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Index Number and District:






11-82-50 Maghull

Full Branch

Liverpool Road South Maghull Liverpool

69 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

051 526 2261/2

Nightsafe Installed

Mr C G S Tiffin ERD Manager

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5 October 1938

15 December 1969

7 March 2014

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-53-86 Maghull

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

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