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    I mentioned in my recent post about the Queensway Tunnel that Herbert J Rowse was, in my opinion, Liverpool’s greatest architect. His four great Liverpool buildings are: India Buildings (1923) Mersey Tunnel (1925-34) including George’s Dock Building Martins Bank, Water Street (1927-1932) Philharmonic Hall (1933-39) Of these, Martins Bank is probably his masterpiece – a cathedral to commerce which would [...]


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    When did Barclay's leave the building ? I always thought I'd gone in a fancy Barclays that was on the other side of Water St

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    excellent Colin

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    They left about 3 years ago (I am not sure when exactly). Barclays were definitely in the building (I banked there for a while just because I liked the building so much).

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    Well it would have been there I went in. Was with a mate who banked there about 15 years ago so I couldn't be totally sure.

    Out of interest, what was the building on the other side of the road ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse smurf View Post
    When did Barclay's leave the building ? I always thought I'd gone in a fancy Barclays that was on the other side of Water St
    The history of the building is that Martin's Bank was taken over as a company by Barclay's so that all branches that had been Martin's banks in Liverpool became Barclay's.

    I put a note on Colin's website to note that I worked in that building on Water Street in the Cash Center in 1968 when it was still Martin's. It must have changed to Barclay's pretty soon after that though because I kept an account at Martin's when I left to go to college in the U.S. and I found that I was dealing with Barclay's Bank very shortly after I re-emigrated to the United States.

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