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It’s not often that we are able to accurately date one of Martins Bank’s older branches back to the time it was built or opened. In the case of the Bank’s Branch at Broughton in Furness, we can clearly see A.D.1895 carved in the stone above the front door, which is when the Bank of Liverpool, having two years earlier taken over the branches of the Kendal Bank, starts to add more in the area that will become known as the Northern District of Martins Bank. This will provide branches throughout the former counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

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1969 Broughton in Furnesss front view of building BGA Ref 33-448

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Image © Barclays Ref 33/114

 

Not quite off the beaten track…

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Broughton in FurnessThere is a road that winds its way forever towards Millom (or the end of the universe as it is sometimes known).  Along the way are some of the oldest and most unchanged villages of the Furness Peninsula.  It’s certainly fair to call it bleak, and that’s not at all a bad thing, but when all you want to do is to reach your destination quickly, that’s quite another matter as you must go where the road takes you, and be patient. Very VERY patient…  If you choose to stop, there is nowhere finer than Broughton in Furness, which bristles with examples of mid to late Victoriana -  not least Martins Bank’s Branch, with its fine stone portal and slate construction.  The village square still looks serenely untouched by modern hand or architect, and you are welcomed by that feeling of life having slowed to a gentler pace.

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1969 Broughton in Furness side view of building BGA Ref 33-148

Image © Barclays Ref 33/114

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The main image, and the smaller one above (left) are from 1969 when the Furness Peninsula and a considerable amount of land around it, belong to Lancashire.  It will be another five years before county boundaries are changed, and this part of Lancashire becomes part of the newly created “Cumbria”.  Broughton in Furness Branch is self remitting, which means that although it is a sub-Branch to Ulverston, it has its own sorting code number and deals with its own workload and processing.  Broughton in Furness is open for business across the full hours of the six day banking week.

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Mr D E Grimes

On the Staff

1948 to ?

Mr D J Crellin

On the Staff

? to 1952

Mr A Struthers

Clerk in Charge

1953 to 1963

Mr Norman Crellin

On Staff 1957 to 1960

Sub Manager 1969

 

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-29-20 Broughton In Furness

Self remitting sub to 11-75-80 Ulverston

Griffin Street Broughton in Furness Lancashire

228 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Broughton in Furness 329

Nightsafe installed

Mr J Mitchell pro Manager

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1895

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 6 November 2015

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-14-71 Broughton in Furness

This Branch was closed permanently at 12 Noon.

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