The Bank of Liverpool
sets up shop at 304 Breck Road in 1910, and business carried on there until
the Autumn of 2016. The photo comes
from a number that were taken of Martins Bank’s Liverpool Branches in the mid
to late 1940s, and reveals what was a
common sight all over the City at that time – tram wires.
Street corner properties
are favoured by the Bank of Liverpool, which really is one of the cheapest
forms of advertsing, as you can display your branding in TWO streets at once!
service: 1910 – 23 September 2014
Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1659
As the magnetic ink encoding on this cheque (left) from the early
1960s shows, Breck Road Branch is ready for the computer age. You can read more about the future of
cheque reading and sorting HERE. Our retirement feature
focuses on Mr Norman Grimley, another in a long line of Martins’ Managers
who has to retire due to ill-health.
Ironically, many of these people were given retirement presents of
ashtrays, cigarette boxes or lighters.
Fortunately for Mr Grimley however, he receives the slightly more
on November 2 Norman Grimley
said goodbye to his many friends on retirement after 42 years' service.
Several customers joined a large gathering of past and present staff at
Breck Road branch where Mr Grimley and his wife gave a cocktail party. He
had been Manager there since 1957 after being Manager at Scotland Road and
Pro Manager at Waterloo. Mr Page expressed regret that Mr Grimley's health
was forcing him to retire and Miss Joan Williams then gave Mrs Grimley a
sheaf of chrysanthemums. Mr
Buchanan, presenting Mr Grimley with a clock and a cheque, referred to
Norman's patience through a long illness. He made reference to Mr Grimley's
career which began in Bradford and mentioned particularly his service in
Staff Department during the war when the Department was housed in Ainsdale
branch: besides performing his banking duties admirably, he was the
odd-job man, property repairer and cleaner.
Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1659
Mr Buchanan expressed the
thanks of himself and the Bank to Norman who in reply stated that he would not
make a speech but merely intended to thank everybody for their gift and
for their kindness to him over the years. He had a special word of thanks
for his wife for her great understanding and for giving him the necessary
prod from time to time. He concluded by reading two very amusing poems,
composed during his stay at Ainsdale.