As we have seen elsewhere in our branch network pages, Messrs Wakefield Crewdson’s Kendal Bank certainly went in for elaborate branch designs back in the 1880s.  Many, such as Carnforth and Morecambe resemble East European palaces, and another of these breathtaking  - if somewhat  eccentric – branch buildings is found at Lake Road, Bowness on Windermere.  

You would never guess it from looking at the picture, but Martins Bank’s Branch at Bowness on Windermere stands right on the edge of a mini-roundabout, which it is sad, but true to say, no-one, but NO-ONE knows how to use! Consequently with all vehicles expecting to be given way to, and just to make things even more difficult - a large tree in the way - crossing the road to use the branch may well involve you taking your life into your own hands.

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Bowness has the air of a small seaside town, with Windermere standing in for the sea.  Fish and chips, hotels and gifts shops abound, and Bowness is always bustling, whatever the time of year. 

In Service: Before 1893 until 2001

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1960 Bowness on Windermere  Exterior view of building BGA Ref 30-343

All Branch Images © Barclays Ref 30/343

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The Branch is just along the road from the waterside, where cruisers and a myriad of smaller boats vie with large numbers of ducks and swans for both space and for attention from the many hundreds of tourists who descend on the town in their thousands, all year round.

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1960 Bowness on Windermere Interior safe BGA Ref 30-343

1969 Bowness on Windermere Interior staff working area BGA Ref 30-343

Bowness on Windermere Branch is ideally placed to meet the needs of these visitors, whether it’s cashing travellers’ cheques for them or giving them directions to one of many fish and chip shops, and countless other establishments offering a somewhat different cuisine.  After all, Martins go to extremes to be helpful, unlike perhaps one Bowness restaurant owner who was heard to say that the roast lamb and pork tasted the same as each other “because they were cooked in the same oven”.  The things you hear whilst on holiday…

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1896  Mr F H Carlisle MBM-Su46P19.jpg

1914 Mr J R Pickthall MBM-Sp57P49.jpg

1914 to 1917 Mr T T Warriner Joined the service here MBM-Wi58P49.jpg

1941 to 1943  Mr T A Fawcett Manager MBM-Su55P52.jpg

1943 to 1954 Mr R Nicholson Manager MBM-Su62P52.jpg

1945 to 1947 Mr TB Whitehead MBM-Wi66P02.jpg

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Mr F H Carlisle

On the Staff


Mr J R Pickthall

On the Staff


Mr T T Warriner

Joined the Bank Here

1914 to 1917

Mr T A Fawcett


1941 to 1943

Mr R Nicholson


1943 to 1954

Mr T B Whitehead

On the Staff

1945 to 1947

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1954 to 1962 Mr M E Dixon Manager MBM-Wi62P54.jpg

1955 to 1956 Mr MJM Anderton  MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

1955 to 1957 Mr R Thornton  MBM-Wi67P01.jpg

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

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Mr M E Dixon


1954 to 1962

Mr M J M Anderton

On the Staff

1954 to 1956

Mr R Thornton

On the Staff

1955 to 1957




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Queens Square

1946 District Bank Logo from Cheque - MBAx1


Lake Road

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Lake Road


St Martins Square

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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-02-20 Bowness on Windermere

Full Branch

Lake Road Bowness on Windermere Westmorland

206 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Windermere 3182

Nightsafe installed

Mr A N E Hughes Manager

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Pre 1893

27 June 1893

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


Wakefield Crewdson – The Kendal Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-11-65 Bowness on Windermere

Closed permanently


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