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Ainsdale is one of the more imposing branches of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins to be situated outside the city, and occupies a special place in Martins’ history.  It is to here that the Bank’s Staff Department is relocated from Water Street during the Second World War, and from here that the staff newsletters that will pave the way for the establishment of Martins Bank Magazine are issued.  In the 1960s Ainsdale is one of several offices of Martins Bank in the Southport area, and as in so many other parts of Northern England, you really don’t have to look too far for a branch.


In service: 20 December 1926 until 23 March 2012

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1928 Ainsdale Exterior as Bank of Liverpool & Martins BGA Ref 30-2728

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2728

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Surviving the first decade of the twenty-first century, the business of the branch transfers in 2012 to nearby Birkdale Branch, which is itself closed in June 2015.  Back in July 1965, it is the turn of Mr Joe Roscoe, Manager of Ainsdale since 1946, to hang up his bank tie – his retirement is covered as usual by a report in Martins Bank Magazine…

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1965 03.jpg1946 to 1965 Mr J Roscoe Manager MBM-Au65P59Joe Roscoe retired in July after forty-three and a half years’ service, the last nineteen of which had been spent as Manager of Ainsdale Branch where on his last day he and his wife provided refreshments for nearly fifty banking friends and colleagues.  Before presenting him with a cheque from many subscribers, Mr I Buchanan spoke warmly of the respect and affection felt for this true son of lancashire, whose success as a branch manager was explained very simply by the fact that he liked helping people.  Under his management the Branch had prospered and had also become something of an enquiry agency for Formby asparagus, horticultural problems, and even broody hens.  In particular Joe Roscoe’s success locally and nationally as an exhibitor and grower of roses – and lately in judging – was well known and as a Council member of the National Rose Society he had brought honour to himself and indirectly to the Bank.  Thanking Mr Buchanan and all his friends for the expressions of goodwill, Mr Roscoe said that with their gift he would buy a new greenhouse and devote much of his time to growing and hybridisation of roses.  Mr Roscoe entered the Bank at Custom House Branch in 1922 and all his banking service which included six years in Head Office Staff Department was spent in the Liverpool District.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030-2728

Image © 2012 Google

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Ray Creer, promoted to Manager of Ainsdale, seen here serving his mother at the counter in 1965.

Image © Martins Bank Archive collections - Beryl Creer

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Keeping it in “the family”…

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Scan No661.jpgWe were delighted to be contacted by Pat Poulton, who used to be known as Pat Williams, and spent just about all of her Martins Bank career at Ainsdale Branch.   We often hear from Martins Staff about the unique family atmosphere engendered by the Bank, and this is fondly remembered by Pat who has kindly provided us with her memories of life at Martins.  Shortly after the merger, Pat gets married and is “given away” by Mr Roscoe, Manager of Ainsdale Branch until 1965.  You will see them both below in photographs recalling the happy occasion, and also hear about the other staff that Pat remembers fondly, and in some cases, is still in touch with today…

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Scan No662.jpg{I was delighted to read the article on the website regarding Ainsdale Branch as I spent most of my Banking Career working there with Joe Roscoe and latterly Ray Creer.  One of the many memories I have prior to Ainsdale Branch was the day I went to Martins Bank in Water Street Liverpool for my interview - this was with Mr. M. Conacher (the Chief General Manager).  To say that I was nervous would be an understatement but all went well and I started at Blundellsands Branch. The manager was Mr. W. Frost - other members of the staff Ken Bonney, Bill Simpson Maureen Moakes and Eileen Brown. I was there for about 12 months and then transferred to Ainsdale where I remained until I left to get married - more of that later.  As already said in the article Joe was highly thought of both by staff and our customers - the Branch was home from home - Sandy (Joe's spaniel) sometimes came into work and spent the day in front of the fire apart from the odd walk.

Joe was of course well known for his Rose growing and we were lucky enough to have a garden in front of the Branch which was looked after by one of the station porters. Joe's spare rose bushes found their way into our garden. Many staff names are still remembered - Keith Scott, Pam Scott (nee Webster) Keith Nuthall, David Moore, Don Gregson to name a few. Pat Hart (now Hamza) was a frequent visitor as relief staff - we are still close friends - she has an entry on your website. Your article mentions the day Joe retired. I was of course a member of staff then and it was such a pleasure to share in a memorabl , slightly sad day. Joe and his wife Betty were a lovely couple, devoted to each other and their son Gareth. I was delighted when Joe agreed to give me away when my husband Derek and I married. I then worked for a few years with our new manager Mr. Raymond Creer lovely to see the photos of him serving his mother who I also remember. I still keep in touch with his wife Mrs Beryl Creer at Christmas.  It was she who brought the website to my attention. As anyone reading this article will have guessed by now my years with Martins Bank were very happy ones - except when we were having full inspections… }


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1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1



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1930 to 1935 Mr G H Shepherd Manager MBM-Su55P50.jpg

1935 to 1946 Mr G Hollows Manager Birkdale and Ainsdale MBM-Wi58P54.jpg

1946 Miss Irene Long Wartime Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi46P10.jpg

1946 to 1950 Mr K Bonney MBM-Sp64P05





Mr G M Shepherd


1930 to 1935

Mr R F O Lee

Pro Manager

1934 to 1941

Mr G Hollows


1935 to 1946

Miss H M Buckley

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Miss Irene Long

Wartime Clerk in Charge


Mr K Bonney

On the Staff

1946 to 1950

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1946 to 1965 Mr J Roscoe Manager MBM-Au65P59.jpg

1950 to 1952 Mr J O Williams MBM-Sp66P04

1952 to 1954 Mr T Derbyshire MBM-Su66P06.jpg

1954 to 1959 Mr K Scott joined the bank here MBM-Su65P08

1959 to 1960 Mr CR Mills MBM-Sp67P03





Mr J Roscoe


1946 to 1965

Mr J O Williams

On the Staff

1950 to 1952

Mr T Derbyshire

On the Staff

1952 to 1954

Mr K Scott

On the Staff

1954 to 1959

Miss Pat A Williams

On the Staff

1956 to 1969

Mr C R Mills

On the Staff

1959 to 1960

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1960 to 1964 Mr D Gregson MBM-Sp67P07

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Mr D Gregson

On the Staff

1960 to 1964

Mr Ray F Creer


1965 Onwardssep2





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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-08-00 Southport Ainsdale

Full Branch

Shore Road Ainsdale Southport Lancashire

62 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 10am to 3pm

Saturday 9am to 11.30am

Southport 77676

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R F Creer Manager


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Addingham (Ilkley)

20 December 1926

3 January 1928


9 February 1943

15 December 1969

23 March 2012

opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Used temporarily as Martins Bank H O Staff Department

Staff Department moves back to Liverpool

Barclays Bank Limited 20-80-30 southport Ainsdale

Closed and business transferred to 19 Liverpool Road Birkdale

Alderley Edge


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