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Messrs Wakefield Crewdson – the Kendal Bank, opens a branch in Keswick in 1865, making this Branch one of the oldest Branches inherited by Martins Bank still to be in service in the twenty-first century.  Thankfully, these modest but magnificent premises in the Market Square have changed little over the years, and today the branch, along with the rest of Keswick’s Market Place still manages to exude the charm and tranquility of earlier days. 

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Situated at the top end of the Lake District, Keswick, unlike a number of other former Wakefield Crewdson Branches in Cumberland and Westmorland, is a standalone Branch, with no sub-Branches of its own to look after.  The branch offers a full banking service across a six day opening pattern.

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In Service: April 1865 until present day

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Image © Barclays Ref 0033/0298

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For our Keswick feature, we go back to September 1967, to find that Mr J B Wilson, Manager of Keswick for the last nine years, completes forty-three years’ service and is about to retire.  As usual, Martins Bank Magazine is there to record the event…

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1967 04.jpgon September 27 to mark his retirement after almost 43 years' service Mr Wilson entertained present and past colleagues at an informal gathering at Keswick branch. During the evening Mr Lowis of the Kes­wick staff spoke appreciatively of Mr Wilson and welcomed Mr Buchanan who presented a pair of binoculars on behalf of subscribers. These will provide Mr Wilson with a great deal of pleasure in the Lakeland area which he knows so well. A native of Carlisle, he began his career at Appleby and had been able to enjoy the Northern scene all his banking life, apart from his service with the Forces during the war.  He was appointed Clerk-in-Charge at West End, Morecambe in 1953 and five years later became Manager at Keswick. Miss Kathleen Robinson presented a bouquet to Mrs Wilson, who had always been a helpful and understanding partner in her husband's service to the Bank, and whose presence contributed in no small measure to the success of the evening.

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1908 to 1912 Mr T A Grimes MBM-Au47P18.jpg

1910 Mr O Gillespie joined the bank here MBM-Su54P35.jpg

1916 to 1922 Mr T E Askew MBM-Su48P44.jpg

1916to at least 1920 Mr E M Nelson MBM-Wi59P51.jpg

1938 to 1941 Mr L D D Aston joined the bank here MBM-Wi67P05.jpg

1946 to 1959 Mr P Wardle Manager MBM-Sp59P50.jpg

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Mr T A Grimes

On the Staff

1908 to 1912

Mr O Gillespie

Joined the Bank Here


Mr T E Askew

On the Staff

1916 to 1922

Mr E M Nelson

On the Staff

1916 to 1920

Mr L D D Aston

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1941

Mr P Wardle


1946 to 1958

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1952 Mr J N Driver MBM-Au68P08.jpg

1958 to 1967 Mr J B Wilson Manager MBM-Wi67P53.jpg

1967 Mr FR Alston Manager MBM-Wi67P01.jpg

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Mr J N Driver

On the Staff


Mr J B Wilson


1958 to 1967

Mr F R Alston


1967 onwards




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Index Number and District:






11-10-50 Keswick

Full Branch

Market Square Keswick Cumberland

212 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Keswick 57

Nightsafe Installed

Mr F R Alston Manager


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Staveley (Westmorland)

April 1865

27 June 1893

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


Opened by Messrs Wakefield Crewdson – The Kendal Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-45-73 Keswick Market Square


Kettering (Northamptonshire)

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