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Formby is another example of the kind of grand design favoured by the Bank of Liverpool, and this building at Chapel Lane has been used continuously as a bank branch since 1910. Our thanks go to Michael Mawdsley, who has kindly supplied this wonderful image of Formby Branch from a snap he took in the late 1950s. Just a few years later, it is all change for Formby, with an extension added, and beautiful interior décor.

In service: 1905 – 30 April 2021

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Image © Michael Mawdsley 1957

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Between 1962 and 1963 Martins Bank rebuilds, reconstructs or generally modernises a large number of branches across the country.  Some of these have changed little since being inherited from the myriad banks that amalgamated with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, and are therefore desperate to be brought up to twentieth century standards.  Martins Bank Magazine is keen to show off the newly refurbished branch at Formby in 1962:

1950 s Formby exterior - BGA Ref 30-1019

1962 Formby interior rebuild MBM-Sp62P12

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1019

Image – Martins Bank Archive Collection

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1909 Mr H Monk joined the bank here MBM-Au52P52.jpg

1915 Mr R G Taylor joined the bank here MBM-Sp59P48.jpg

1916 Mr A J Wilson MBM-Au51P38.jpg

1919 Mr R F O Lee joined the bank here MBM-Su61P53.jpg

1920 Mr W H Ashcroft joined the bank here MBM-Su60P47.jpg

1922 to 1924 Mr R H Price MBM-Au47P10.jpg

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Mr H Monk

Joined the Bank Here


Mr R G Taylor

Joined the Bank Here


Mr A J Wilson

On the Staff


Mr R F O Lee

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W H Ashcroft

Joined the Bank Here


Mr R H Price

Joined the Bank Here

1922 to 1924

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1935 to 1955 Mr W Lea Manager MBM-Au55P48.jpg

1944 to 1945  Mr J W Hobley MBM-Au62P52.jpg

1946 to 1950 Mr R L Cockhill  MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr CM Summersgill MBM-Su64P05.jpg

1954 to 1964 Mr J T Barnes MBM-Sp69P07.jpg

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Mr W Lea


1935 to 1955

Mr J W Hobley

On the Staff

1944 to 1945

Mr R L Cockhill

On th eStaff

1946 to 1950

Mr C G S Tiffin

On the Staff

1946 to 1952

Mr C M Summersgill

On the Staff

1950 to 1951

Mr J T Barnes

On the Staff

1954 to 1964

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1955 to 1968 Mr H N Thomas Manager MBM-Au68P55.jpg

1963 to 1968 Mr N E Blake Pro Manager MBM-Sp68P03.jpg

1968 Mr GA Corkill pro Manager MBM-Sp68P07.jpg

1968 Mr SFP Rocke Manager MBM-Au68P07.jpg

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BW Logo

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Mr H N Thomas


1955 to 1968

Mr N E Blake

Pro Manager

1963 to 1968

Mr G A Corkill

Pro Manager


Mr S F P Rocke







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Index Number and District:






11-89-30 Formbyx

Main Branch

41 Chapel Lane Formby Lancashire L37 7DD

18 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Formby 2142/3

Nightsafe Installed

Mr S F P Rocke Manager






18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

30 April 2021

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool at 14 Chapel Lane

Moved to 41 Chapel Lane

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-32-86 Formby Chapel Lane

Scheduled to close permanently from 12 Noon

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