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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Upton is another of Martins Bank’s many branches on the Wirral Peninsula, a beautiful part of Cheshire much of which will eventually be swallowed up by the sprawling ubiquitous dominence of “Merseyside”.  An original branch of the Cattle Trade Bank, Upton comes to the Bank of Liverpool and Martins by amalgamation in 1923.

For most of its Martins life, Upton is a self accounting sub-branch to Claughton Village Branch.  However, just before the merger with Barclays in 1969, it is given full branch status, and its own manager.


In Service: 28 May 1923 until Friday 29 June 2018


Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-3013

This Upton cheque from the 1960s is ready for the age of Magnetic Ink Character Recognition which is pioneered by Martins Bank, and which will revolutionise banking for the rest of the Twentieth Century.  With no official visit to Upton by Martins Bank Magazine, we turn instead to the Autumn 1960 edition to read about the retirement of Mr S T Rees, who has been Clerk in Charge at Upton since 1947.

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1960 03 MBM.jpg1947 to 1960 Mr S T Rees Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi60P50.jpgThe retirement of Mr. S. T. Rees at the end of October after 40 years' service was the occasion of a gathering of such a large number of friends and colleagues that the presentation and subsequent celebrations had to be arranged at a nearby hostelry. Mr. P. J. Randle opened the proceedings and after appreciative references to Mr. Rees he called upon Mr. N. N. Jobling, Liverpool District General Manager, to make the presentation.

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1960 s Upton Interior BGA Ref 30-3013In his usual kindly and gracious way Mr. Jobling referred to Mr. Rees's work for the Bank and to his great capacity for making friends. He mentioned the fact that Mr. Rees had chosen a lady from the staff to be his wife and we were all very pleased that she was able to be present. He then made the presentation on behalf of the subscribers of a nest of tables and an exposure meter.

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A bouquet was handed to Mrs. Rees by Miss C. A. Jones. After Mr. Rees had thanked everybody the gathering settled down to a pleasant little party. Mr. Rees commenced his business life with Messrs. Felling Stanley and entered the Bank in 1920. In the course of his career he served at Charing Cross, Bootle, Liverpool City Office, Hoylake, Birkenhead, Heswall, on the Relief staff, and in Income Tax Department, H. O. He was appointed Clerk-in-Charge at Upton branch in 1947.

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Upton does not seem to have changed very much in more than ninety years, and is one of Martins few remaining original branches on the Wirral Peninsula to be serving customers in the twenty-first Century.  Robert montgomery began to photograph british bank branches in 2009, by which time a policy of branch closures had set-in and was beginning to accelerate. This colour image of Birkenhead’s Upton Branch was taken on 6 August 2011, and permanent closure for this branch came at Noon on 29 June 2018…

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-3013

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections – Robert Montgomery


1938 to 1939 Mr FH Clayton MBM-Su65P07.jpg

1938 to 1942 Mr E E Betenson Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp58P48.jpg

1942 to 1943 Mr L D Tunna MBM-Sp66P07.jpg

1947 to 1960 Mr S T Rees Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi60P50.jpg

1960 Mr PJ Randle MBM-Su67P02.jpg

1960 to 1966 Mr C W Allan Clerk in Charge MBM-Su66P04.jpg






Mr F H Clayton

On the Staff

1938 to 1939

Mr E E Betenson

Clerk in Charge

1938 to 1942

Mr L D Tunna

On the Staff

1942 to 1943

Mr S T Rees

Clerk in Charge

1947 to 1960

Mr P J Randle

On the Staff


Mr C W Allan

Clerk in Charge

1960 to 1966

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1966 to 1968 Mr I R Brander Clerk in Charge MBM-Su66P06.jpg

1968 to 1969 Mr K W T Crowden clerk in charge then Manager MBM-Au69P11.jpg






Mr I R Brander

Clerk in Charge

1966 to 1968

Mr K T Crowden

Clerk in Charge 1968

Manager 1969 onwards









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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-85-80 Upton

Self Accounting Sub branch to Birkenhead Claughton Village

  until Full Branch Status Autumn 1969.

98 Ford Road Upton Wirral Cheshire

58 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

ARRowebrook 5123

Nightsafe Installed

Mr K W T Crowden Manager

Birkenhead Rock Ferry

28 May 1923

1 August 1923

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 29 June 2018

E Reed and Sons the Cattle Trade Bank

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-88-99 Upton

Closed permanently from 12 noon

Birkenhead Woodside Lairage



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