The Bank of Liverpool opens a Branch at Park Road
North Birkenhead in 1908, and so begins seventy six years of banking from what
looks like a large town house in this well-to-do part of the Wirral. Unlike
some other local Branches, Park remains open throughout the Second World War.
It also survives the merger with Barclays in 1969 before being closed for
good – quite appropriately - on the first day of the new tax year, 1984!
We have two features for this Branch, the first from
1959, is quite unusual: It involves a customer commemorating with a very
special gift, the anniversary of their association with the Bank, which goes
right back to when Park Branch first opened.
In Service: 1908 until 6 April
Image © Barclays Ref
The second feature from 1967 says farewell to Park Manager,
Mr Ken Pearson, whose retirement gathering is subject to the ubiquitous
Martins retirement drinks party, covered in detail by Martins Bank Magazine.
We finish with another in our series “then and now”, in which you can compare
and contrast images of Birkenhead Park branch from the 1960s and 2009…
PLEASING little ceremony took place at our Park branch, Birkenhead, on the
afternoon of November 24th, when Mr. Thorald D. Lee, Chairman of Arthur H.
Lee & Sons, Ltd., handed over to Mr. J. A. Banks, Liverpool District
General Manager, representing the Bank, a framed tapestry to commemorate an
association with the Bank of half a century. The design includes the coats of
arms of Martins Bank and of the Lee family, while in the upper right hand comer of the panel is a tapestry
mark used by Arthur H. Lee & Sons, Ltd. The lion crest of the Birkenhead Civic
Arms has been differenced by the adoption of the guardant position of the
head and the change of tincture from azure in the town arms to the gules of
the tapestry mark.
The whole is surmounted by an esquire's helmet and the mantling
is tinctured vert and or, and azure and or, being a combination of the
livery colours of the two achievements. A pleasing
feature of the ceremony was the presence of two of the girls who had been
mainly associated with the making of the tapestry. Mrs. Banks was there, too,
also Mr. and Mrs. W. Weatherill and, of course, Mr. Ward, Manager of the
branch, and Mrs. Ward. After Mr. Banks had
suitably replied, accepting the gift on behalf of the Bank, refreshments were
provided, introducing the right note of conviviality into the proceedings.
an informal gathering at the
Pen and Wig, Liverpool, of his branch staff together with old friends and
former colleagues marked the retirement at the end of March of Ken Pearson
from the management of Park branch, Birkenhead. Typically, from one who never sought the limelight, the
party was unostentatious, friendly and highly successful, the many good
friends who attended being evidence of their high opinion of him and of his
standing in the Bank. Mr Pearson's career
began at Water Street in 1928 and apart from war service was spent on Merseyside:
following four years with the visiting inspectors he became Manager at Higher
Tranmere in 1960 and at Park in 1963.
For a full list
of all Branch Banks and financial
trading in BIRKENHEAD in 1967/68
HAMILTON SQUARE page.