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Martins Bank 1928+

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Martins Bank’s new Head Office building is completed in 1932, and Liverpool Foreign, until that point located at 3 FENWICK STREET Moves to the new building, taking No 6 Water Street as its new address, and later Liverpool Overseas as its new title. 

When Martins Bank and Barclays Bank merge in 1969, the Branch is kept on by Barclays and it reverts to its original name - Liverpool Foreign.  When we looked through the records for this branch, there were no end of stories available in Martins Bank Magazine.  

In Service: 24 October 1932 until 15 December 1969

1932 Facade of Building to Exchange Flags (Barclays 1990s) PA.jpg

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections: This Watercolour by Gordon Hemm,

was originally owned by the Architect of 4 Water Street, Herbert J Rowse.

Many of these focus on staff retirements, but we have picked three different articles featuring various talents of the Liverpool Overseas Branch Staff.  First, we meet Elaine O’Hare who makes her own valuable and unique contribution to Martins Bank Magazine.  Then we hear about Mr D Leadbetter, whose success in the Institute of Bankers’ Examinations receives special attention.  We round things off with the retirement party for Mr G S M Rooke, who says goodbye both to the Bank and Liverpool overseas branch, in 1969…

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An Artistic flair…

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1957 01 MBM.jpgElaine O'Hare entered the Bank on 11 July 1955, and a few weeks afterwards she came to see us in Editorial Department to ask whether there was anything she could do for the Magazine. This was the first occasion since the Magazine was started in 1946 on which a girl on the staff has made such a request and she could not possibly know what a warm glow of pleasure it gave to the Editor.  Elaine was educated at West Kirby Grammar School and after leaving she attended the Wallasey Art School for a year full time, and for two terms subsequently as a night school pupil.  Her work for the Magazine first appeared in the Winter 1955 issue and since then she has illustrated poems, enlivened reports of functions of which photographic illustrations were not available, and has always been eager and willing to try to carry out every request which has been made.  In this issue appear two samples of her work which called for imaginative treatment of an exacting kind. We are glad to place on record our appreci­ation of the constant help she has given us and to express our admiration for her undoubted talent. We hope that the associ­ation between us will be a long one. Elaine works in Liverpool Overseas branch.

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A number of studious years…

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MBA 62 and 65.jpg1962 Mr D Leadbetter feature image MBM-Wi62P22{Examinations News - Mr D Leadbetter is the winner of the Whitehead Prize for Finance of Foreign Trade and Foreign Exchange and winner of the Lombard Association First Prize}  {The Chief General Manager's Prize, awarded annually to the candidate gaining the highest marks in completing the Banking Diploma examinations, has been won by Mr D. Leadbetter (Liverpool Overseas) for 1964. In 1963 he won the Whitehead Prize and the Lombard Association First Prize for Finance of Foreign Trade and Foreign Exchange. He was placed 12th equal of the 578 candidates from all banks who gained the Diploma in September 1964.}

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Messages from Moscow?

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1956 to 1969 Mr G S M Rooke Accountant MBM-Su69P63.jpg1969 02 MBM.jpgThe day Sidney Rooke retired from Liverpool Over­seas had an undeniably international flavour. There was a goodwill telephone call from 'our man in Paris' (Mr Peter Cawsey), a mysterious greetings cable ostensibly from Moscow—later traced to Exchange Department, and calls from friends in London and other parts of the country. At Mr Rooke's request there was no formal presenta­tion but at a gathering of the staff in the manager's room on the morning of April 22 Mr Dean presented him with a cheque and a book containing the signatures of 275 subscribers.  Mr Dean referred to Mr Rooke's 43 years with the Bank, thirty-four of them at Liverpool Overseas, the last thirteen as Accountant. He went on to say that the team-work and efficiency of the branch owed much to Mr Rooke's personality and organising ability. To many in the Bank, especially in overseas circles, he was an 'institution' who commanded respect and awe. Those who worked with him, however, knew he could also be kind, sympathetic and a help in time of trouble. In reply Mr Rooke spoke of the great spirit of co-operation he always had received from the staff, making his job as Accountant of such a big office so much easier to carry out. In a lighter vein he narrated some anecdotes of the past. The staff and past colleagues were later entertained to tea and in the evening Mr Rooke, with his wife, daughter and two sons, were hosts to some 200 of their friends at a cocktail party at Head Office which went with all the gusto associated with Liverpool Overseas. Mr Rooke had previously lunched at Head Office with Mr Maxwell and members of the General Management.


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1932 to 1947 Mr C H Billeau pro then asst Manager MBM-Au47P20.jpg

1932 to 1952 Mr W C H Griffiths Asst Mgr 1941 Joint Manager 1946 MBM-Sp56P52.jpg

1932 to 1953 Mr L W Lloyd Pro Manager 1928 Assistant Manager 1937 MBM-Au53P50.jpg

1932 to 1955 Mr W M Dodd Accountant from 1946 MBM-Wi55P48.jpg






Mr J E Deyes

On the Staff

1932 to 1933

Mr C H Billieu

Pro the Assistant Manager

1932 to 1947

Mr T Lewin

Pro Manager

1932 to 1951

Mr W C H Griffiths

Assistant Manager

1932 to 1952

Mr L W Lloyd

Pro Manager

1932 to 1953

Mr W M Dodd


1932 to 1956

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1932 to 1968 Mr KW Smith Pro Mgr 1951  Asst Mgr 1956  Deputy Manager 1966 MBM-Sp68P50.jpg

1935 to 1967 Mr J Dunn Pro Manager from 1956 MBM-Su67P56.jpg

1950 to 1964 Mr J Robertshaw pro Manager from 1964  MBM-Au64P03.jpg

1955 onwards 1969 Mr J Hughes Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P11.jpg






Mr A C Daniels

Pro Manager

1932 to 1964

Mr K W Smith

Staff 1932-51

Pro Manager 1951-56

Asst Manager 1956-66

Depy Manager 1966-68

Mr J Dunn

Pro Manager

1935 to 1967

Mr J Robertshaw

Pro Manager

1950 to 1964

Miss N Elaine O’Hare

On the Staff

11/07/1955 to ?

Mr J Hughes

Staff 1955 onwards

Pro Manager 1969

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1955 to 1965 Mr K Doyle Pro Manager from 1965 MBM-Su65P06.jpg

1958 to 1959 Mr K Atkinson MBM-Wi64P08.jpg

1961 to 1965 Mr S Herbert Manager Liverpool Overseas Branch MBM-Sp61P06.jpg






Mr K Doyle

Pro Manager

1955 to 1965

Mr G S M Rooke


1956 to 1969

Mr K Atkinson

On the Staff

1958 to 1959

Mr R B Purse

Joined Bank Here 1960

Pro manager 1965

Assistant Manager 1968

Mr Jack Holroyd AIB

On the Staff


Mr S Herbert


1961 to 1965

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1965 Mr JRK Dean Manager MBM-Su65P03.jpg

1966 Mr KN Daniels pro Manager MBM-Sp66P06.jpg

1967 Mr JE Bull Assistant Manager MBM-Su67P07.jpg

1967 Mr TW Siggs pro Manager MBM-Su67P07.jpg






Mr D Leadbetter



Mr J R K Dean


1965 onwards

Mr P A Cawsey

Assistant Manager


Mr K N Daniels

Pro Manager


Mr J E Bull

Assistant Manager


Mr T W Siggs

Pro Manager


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1968 Mr WA Makeham Deputy Manager MBM-Sp68P04.jpg






Mr W A Makeham

Deputy Manager












Index Number and District:






11-55-50 Liverpool Overseas

Overseas Trade and Foreign Currency Branch

4 Water Street Liverpool 2

51 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

BANk 5428

Foreign Banking Services

Mr J R K Dean Manager


Liverpool Old Swan


15 December 1969

23 January 1995

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Becomes Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-80 Liverpool Foreign

Department moves to 15/33 Moorfields

Liverpool 157 Scotland Road


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