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It’s just like the 

corner shop, really…

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This image provides a rare glimpse into the life of the Bank – and this quiet corner of Barrow in Furness – in 1937.  It looks almost like the set of an old American gangster movie!  Martins Bank opens a sub-Branch in Rawlinson Street in 1930, and it trades for almost fifty years. We were contacted by Peter Potter, whose parents and brother both worked for Martins.  He sent us his brother’s 1960s recollections of the sub-branch at Rawlinson Street…

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BW Logo“My father and mother worked in Martins Bank, finishing off in Millom, Cumberland. My brother John began work at Martins Bank, Rawlinson Street, Barrow-in-Furness. The sub-branch had a small, grey brick, front, with the entrance on the left and the Martins Bank Ltd sign and logo across the front.  There was a window to the right of the door, showing the customer part of the bank, but filled with advertising. Inside the bank there was a counter at a right angle from the door, and a bank clerk's entrance through a door in a large panel at a right angle with the left wall and from the end of the counter.  There was a table and some chairs against the left wall, allowing customers to write cheques or other papers. There was no mechanisation, other than adding machines in the bank, because most of the paperwork and money was sent or taken to the main branch in Barrow, at Duke Street”…

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Image © Barclays

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It’s good to see a former branch still providing a service of some kind, and what better than a quick sandwich to take away, or a longer sit down with a pot of tea?  Rawlinson Street may no longer have the romance of the 1930s going for it, but it’s clearly still thriving…  Thanks to our friends at Google Maps UK, for this unusually sunny shot of the former Bank Branch.

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1937 Barrow Rawlinson street Exterior BGA

Image © Barclays

Image © Google®

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See listing under BARROW IN FURNESS Branch 

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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-43-00 Barrow in Furness Rawlinson Street

Sub branch to 11-43-00 Barrow in Furness

153 Rawlinson Street Barrow in Furness Lancashire

204 Northern

Mon Wed and Fri 1100-1300

No Saturday Opening

Barrow in Furness 3630

No Nightsafe

Mr T R Ion Manager (Barrow in Furness)

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10 June 1930

15 December 1969

30 June 1978


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-04-68 Barrow in Furness


Sandwich and Coffee Bar

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