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The Furness Peninsula is where Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland line up almost side-by-side. It is home to a large number of Martins Bank’s Branches and sub-Branches.   Just north of Dalton, and directly across the sea from Millom is Askam in Furness, which nowadays is joined with nearby Ireleth into one community. This sub-Branch to Barrow was also known as Kirkby Ireleth.

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Image © Barclays 1929

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1968 Askam in Furness Map Geographia 4CB2.jpg    1966 Refit and Rebuild MBM-Au66FC.jpg

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The area was once rich in iron ore, distinct traces of which can be seen in rocks and cliffs and on beaches all over this area, particularly at Roanhead. Martins Bank’s sub-Branch at Askam exists for some sixty-two years having first been opened in Duddon Road by the Bank of Liverpool in 1894.   With yet more sub branches in the area at Kirkby in Furness and Lindal in Furness, it is inevitable that Martins Bank has a case of “overcrowding”, and gradually these smaller outposts of the Bank are removed.  That said, the position in 1969 gives a far more general spread of local branches than we see today from other banks – but in the twenty-first century there is mobility for just about everyone and of course the internet;  further back there was just COMMUNITY, a far more precious commodity perhaps, than any information superhighway…

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Index Number and District:






11-059 Askam in Furness

Sub to 11-059 Barrow in Furness

Duddon Road Askam in Furness Lancashire

209 Northern

Monday 9am to 12noon

Friday 11.30am to 2.30pm

Barrow in Furness 333

Counter Service Only

Mr H D Parker Manager (Barrow in Furness)



18 December 1918

3 January 1928

25 July 1942




Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed during World War 2



Unable to trace this building