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Martins Bank

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Central Liverpool
March 1960.
November 1961.

of 68 Lombard Street, London


1563 Bank established

Later 14 branches were established around London and the Kent border.

1918 Martin's Private Bank had its head office at 68, Lombard Street when it was acquired by the Bank of Liverpool and renamed Bank of Liverpool and Martins.

Upon the merger of Martin's Private Bank with the Bank of Liverpool in 1918 the Head Office was immediately moved to 7 Water Street, Liverpool, the new Head Office at 4 Water Street, being opened in 1932.

1928 Incorporated Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank and the name is changed to Martins Bank Ltd.

Note: Up to 1918 the Bank’s name had an apostrophe – Martin’s Bank. Then from 1918 to 1928 it was The Bank of Liverpool and Martins (without an apostrophe). Then from 1928 Martins Bank Limited, also without.

1929 Attended the North East Coast Exhibition of 1929.

1930 The original buildings at 68 Lombard Street are demolished and re-built to accommodate the expanding business.

1932 A new head office of Martins Bank Ltd. is opened at No 4, Water Street, Liverpool.

1941 Several branches are destroyed by enemy action during the Second World War. These included:

  • The Exeter branch.
  • 32 Lowndes Street, London.
  • 19 South John Street, Liverpool.
  • Manchester Corn Exchange.

During the war, many branches were closed either on a temporary basis during wartime or permanently. In the branches that remained active, many female members of staff were temporarily promoted to run both sub-branches and main branches whilst male staff were fighting for their country.

1948 Martins Bank launches its first mobile banking service, to reach out to housing estates in the 1950s and to attend agricultural shows and events during the 1960s.

1951 Acquired the British Mutual Bank.

1955 Launch of Finance for Farmers and Growers - a collaboration between Martins Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture.

1958 Opens a branch at Liverpool University to reach out to the student populations.

1958 Acquired Lewis's Bank Ltd.

1959 Opened a branch at ICI Wilton.

1959 The Minister of Transport opens a new drive-in banking service at Charles Street in the City of Leicester. This is the Bank's second branch in Leicester. The idea never really took off but Barclays Bank would operate the service for nearly thirty years.

1960 Opened a sub-branch at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

1960 Martins Bank becomes the first bank in the UK to use an electronic computer to demonstrate daily processing of customer current accounts.

1963 Beryl Evans becomes the first female appointed member of staff taking on the role of Assistant Manager of the Bank's Adverting Department.

1967 Acquired Unicorn Unit Trusts - subsidiary Martins Unicorn is developed.

1967 Martins Auto-Cashier is launched as the first dispenser of its type in the world to use the combination of a four digit pin and plastic card to make cash withdrawals.

1968 Martins Bank Ltd. was merged with Barclays Bank plc.

2008 Martins Bank Limited was finally wound up in the records of Companies House.

See the Martins Bank Archive for more information.

Martins Bank Archive Adverts

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