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Footballers’ lives…

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If local legend is to be believed, Freshfield, an area at one end of the town of Formby gets its name from a man called Fresh, who in the 1880s owned a field there. Simple as that. Freshfield is also known as a kind of “millionaire’s playground” of Merseyside.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1025

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Footballers and actors live amongst the common folk, sending the house prices sky high, and a weird orange glow throughout the area due to the concentration of so many fake tans in one place.  This is of course good news for a Bank such as Martins, and in 1922  the Bank of Liverpool and Martins establishes an office at Freshfield, as a sub-Branch to Formby. Freshfield is closed down in 1939 for the Second World War, but re-opens in 1946.   It is interesting to note that at the time of the 1969 merger with Barclays, business is good enough for Freshfield to be open for virtually a full banking week, taking just half an hour for lunch on weekdays.  As a branch of Barclays, it remains open until 1980.

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Index Number and District:






11-89-30 Formby Freshfield                    

Sub to Formby

Victoria Road Freshfield Formby Lancashire

18 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1300 and 1330-1500

Saturday 0930-1130

Formby 2260

No Nightsafe

Mr S F P Rocke Manager


20 November 1922

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 29 February 1980

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-32-86 formby Chapel Lane