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A small convenience?

The Bank of Liverpool opens a Branch on Walney Island, Barrow in Furness, at Vickerstown in 1904.  This unassuming building, more redolent perhaps of a ublic convenience than a bank greets traffic crossing the short bridge onto the Island.  Not much is written in Martins Bank’s Magazine about this tiny sub-Branch, save for the short piece below, contributed by the Manager of Kendal Branch, Mr C Clark in the final full edition of the Magazine in Autumn 1969…

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1940 s Barrow Vickerstown Exterior BW BGA Ref 30-108

Image © Barclays Ref 30/108

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Bucket and spade not required

A stroll along the promenade at Walney Island brings us to Vickerstown sub branch – not much to write a postcard home about, but featured in Martins Bank Magazine in 1969:

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Could this be a request for a biggER bank perhaps? Or an indication of where you could FIND a bigger bank, or simply the observation that in these parts. Martins is, of course, the bigger bank?


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See listing under BARROW IN FURNESS Branch 




Index Number and District:






11-43-00 Barrow in Furness Vickerstown

Sub branch to 11-43-00 Barrow in Furness

The Promenade Walney Island Barrow in Furness Lancashire

204 Northern

Tue 1030-1300

Sat 0930-1100

Barrow in Furness 41143

Restricted Hours

Mr T R Ion Manager (Barrow in Furness)

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18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

29 December 1970


Opened by Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-04-68 Barrow in Furness


Private Residence

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