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1940 ish Hoylake Exterior CU BGA Ref 30-1370

Image © Barclays Ref 30/1370

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A helpful sign…

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1964 Hoylake Exterior showing proximity of Co-Op signage MBM-Au64P62.jpgThe Bank of Liverpool opens a branch at Hoylake in 1897, and business is still going strong there at the time of the merger of Martins with Barclays in 1969.  At this time Hoylake is operating as a full branch, open six days across the full banking week.   In this unusual image (right) from Martins Bank Magazine in 1964, the Co-Operative Bank seems to have set up shop next door, and with its own notions of friendly helpful service is the perfect complement to our branch. This “happy combination” as the Magazine puts it, is the result of the rebuilding of the shops adjoining Hoylake branch.  The image is taken by a member of the Liverpool District Relief staff at that time, Mr David Powell.   We are grateful to Joan Leece, formerly Joan Thomas, who worked at Hoylake branch from the late 1940s into the early 1950s.  She recalls for us the time when former England Manager and Arsenal player Joe Mercer was a customer at our Hoylake Branch, and how one afternoon in 1950 he appeared unexpectedly at the door.  The rest of the story is the stuff of legend, and is told here by Joan herself: -

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We won the Cup!

FA Cup Winners 1950

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Joe Mercer holding the F A Cup won by Arsenal in 1950.

Image © www.arsenal.com and used strictly in

accordance with their terms of use.

[“I started my career with Martins at Hoylake Branch in 1947 and was there until 1951 when Harold Smith was the Manager, Wynne-Robertson was first teller, Ken Pearson was second. Sadly Bruce Mitchell died young. There were only ever five on the  staff.  Sometime while I was there, Joe Mercer, Captain of Arsenal was a valued customer and when Arsenal won the FA Cup in 1950, Joe was walking down Market Street with the Cup until his adoring fans were probably a bit too much for him to cope with considering he was holding the Cup.

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It was after 3 p.m. and we heard a loud banging on the door. It was Joe asking if he could leave the Cup with us while he made his way down the street, so for the rest of the afternoon our counter proudly displayed the FA Cup for our enjoyment. Pity there were no instant cameras in those days to record the occasion.”]

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1944 to 1961 Mr H A Smith Manager MBM-Wi61P53.jpg

1960 to 1961 Mr E J F Crawford MBM-Su67P07.jpg

1961 to 1968 Mr H A G Birchall Manager MBM-Wi68P55.jpg

1966 to 1969 Mr E H Griffiths MBM-Su69P13.jpg

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Mr H A Smith

Manager

1944 to 1961

Mr E J F Crawford

On the Staff

1960 to 1961

Mr H A G Birchall

Manager

1961 to 1968

Mr E H Griffiths

On the Staff

1966 to 1969

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1968 Mr PB Billeau Manager MBM-Wi68P07.jpg

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Mr P B Billeau

Manager

1968 onwards

 

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11-83-40 Hoylake

Full Branch

52 Market Street Hoylake Wirral Cheshire

24 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

HOYlake 109

Nightsafe Installed

Mr P B Billeau Manager

 

1897

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

22 May 1998

2015

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited

Closed

Public House

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