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This is Hawkshead Sub-Branch in 1930, and apart from a slight sepia glow on the photograph, nothing else seems really to have changed in the second image (below) apart that is, from the tell-tale sign that heralds the merger with Barclays. With branches and sub-branches all over the Lake District, it is difficult for any visitor to miss the presence of Martins Bank in this, the Northern District of the bank.  It will probably have been the tourist trade that kept Hawkshead sub-Branch in business for so long, all the way to April 2000 in fact, when the doors closed for the last time on this lovely little building.

In Service: Before 1893 until 7 april 2000

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Image © Barclays Ref  0030/1232


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The Lake District being just one of Martins Bank’s many Northern heartlands, there was a time when there was a Branch, sub-Branch or Agency in almost every town and village. Whilst Barclays does not have an opening date recorded for Hawkshead, it was one of the branches that came to the Bank of Liverpool when it amalgamated with Messrs Wakefield, Crewdson’s Kendal Bank in the Summer of 1893.  This means a banking service has been offered there for at least one hundred years by the time it was closed for good. For our Hawkshead feature, we have the short text below, which is part of a 1952 article describing Martins Bank Magazine’s first visit to the Lake District. For some, career prospects in Martins mean climbing the ladder to one of several differently titled management positions.  For many, the first step on this ladder is CLERK IN CHARGE of a sub-Branch.  For a few this a career high, as running a small branch in such a beautiful part of the World brings satisfaction enough…


1969 Hawkshead Exterior Front View BGA Ref 33-262

1969 Hawkshead Exterior Gable End BGA Ref 33-262

Branch Images © Barclays Ref  0033-0262

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1952 Hawkshead with Clerk in Charge MBM-Au52P25.jpg

1952 03 MBM.jpgThere was another motive in making our visit to Ambleside when we did, for by a coincidence Mr. J. Rigg, who looks after our Hawkshead branch, is about the same age as our Ambleside Manager Mr. Gillespie and is also very well known to many of our staff who usually include Hawkshead in their Lake District itinerary.  We visited him in his tiny branch in the picturesque square, afterwards taking the photograph shown. He missed being included in the Ambleside photograph later in the afternoon by five minutes. The other sub-branch, at Grasmere, is looked after by Mr. B. Tyson, a countryman with a real love of country pursuits, who is known all over the Northern District for his dialect recitations at the Northern District dinners.  He has a great sense of fun and is quite a character in the district.

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Mr J Rigg

Clerk in Charge










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Index Number and District:





11-22-01 Hawkshead

Sub Branch to 11-22-01 Ambleside

The Square Hawkshead Lancashire

202 Northern

Mon Wed and Fri 1000-1230 and 1300-1400

Hawkshead 333

Restricted Hours

J E Cooper T.D. Manager (Ambleside)


Haverton Hill

Pre 1893

27 June 1893

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 April 2000

Opened by Messrs Wakefield, Crewdson’s Kendal Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-02-04 Ambleside