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Martins Bank 1928+


Booker Avenue is a self accounting sub-Branch to Mossley Hill Branch. It is responsible for processing the work that comes in over the counter, and for making what are known as “smaller” lending decisions.  In the late 1960s it is amongst the first of Martins Bank’s Branches to be given one of the newly devised post codes, L18 4RA – a sad day really, as the prestige of being able to add Liverpool 1, 5, 18 etc., to the end of your address is not exactly lost, but is certainly spoiled forever…

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Booker Avenue opens in 1939 and when the first Clerk in Charge there, Mr F W Cowan is called up to serve in World War 2, his place is taken from 1941 to 1946 by Miss Ida Woolley one of the army of women Clerks in Charge who are drafted in to manage Martins Bank’s Branches at this time.

In Service: Monday 10 July 1939 until Friday 19 February 2016


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Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1658


1939 Booker Avenue Listing from ARA MBA

Extract from Martins Bank Limited Annual Report and Accounts for 1939 © Barclays


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Mr Cowan returns in 1946 and resumes his role as Clerk in Charge for a further year, until he is promoted to Manager of Liverpool 200 Scotland Road Branch. Just ahead of the merger in 1969, the branch is given full branch status, and the incumbent clerk in charge Mr J D Lunt, becomes the first Manager there. 

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Having been a bank continuously for more than seventy years, Booker Avenue stays open as a Branch of Barclays until 19 February 2016. Within days of its closure, the Branch is seen once more proudly bearing the name of Martins! our Thanks to Gary Owens…

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1658

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections - Gary Owens 2016

1939 to 1941 Mr F W Cowan clerk in charge and 1946 to 1947 MBM-Su64P55.jpg

1941 to 1946 Miss Ida Woolley Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp47P25.jpg

1942 to 1944 Mr J B Cullen MBM-Au64P06.jpg

1947 to 1953 Mr Harold W Lawson Clerk in Charge MBM-Su68P29.jpg

1953 to 1957 Mr C A Brockbank Clerk in Charge MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1955 to 1956 joined returning 1962 to 1967 Mr ML Corrin Clerk in Charge MBM-Su67P08.jpg






Mr F W Cowan

Clerk in Charge

1939-41 and 1946-47

Miss Ida Woolley

Clerk in Charge

1941 to 1946

Mr J B Cullen

On the Staff

1942 to 1944

Mr Harold W Lawson

Clerk in Charge

1947 to 1953

Mr C A Brockbank

Clerk in Charge

1953 to 1957

Mr M L Corrin

Joined here 1955-1956

Clerk in Charge 1962-67

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1957 to 1962 Mr R E Pickering Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp65P05.jpg

1967 to 1969 Mr J D Lunt CIC then Manager from 1969MBM-Sp69P09.jpg






Mr R E Pickering

Clerk in Charge

1957 to 1962

Mr J D Lunt

Clerk in Charge 1967-69

Manager 1969 onwards






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Martins Bank Limited 11-92-00 Liverpool Booker Avenue


Full branch from 1969 onwards

47 Booker Avenue L18 4RA Liverpool 18

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

ALLerton 4063

Nightsafe installed

J D Lunt Clerk in Charge, Manager from 1969


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 Monday 10 July 1939

Monday 15 December 1969

Friday 19 February 2016

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-50-65 Liverpool Booker Avenue

This branch was closed permanently at 12 Noon


Breck Road