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The Bank of Liverpool places this early version of the Liver Bird above the door at its new Dalton in Furness Branch at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Underneath it, however, we feel those forbidding front doors really do look like something from a World War II drama, and they remain looking that way under Barclays’ ownership, too. 

Situated not too far from Martins Bank’s Branch at Barrow in Furness, Dalton provides a useful service, and until 1965 is a full Branch with its own manager. 

In service: 1899 – 4 March 2011

Image © Barclays Ref 0033/0178

From that point on, a clerk in charge will look after things, including self-accounting sub-Branch procedures, under the “watchful eye” of the parent Branch.  It was with great sadness that we reported the closure of this Branch in March 2011.  Our editor fondly remembers visiting this Dalton in Furness Branch four times a year as part of his former duties with Barclays… 

At the end of 1964, it is time for the Branch Manager, Mr L N Cross to retire, and as ever, Martins Bank Magazine is there for the celebration. When Mr Cross retires as the last Manager, the Branch becomes a self accounting sub to Barrow in Furness, with a Clerk in Charge heading the staff.

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1960 to 1965 Mr L N Cross Manager MBM-Sp65P51.jpg1965 01mr cross, Manager of Dalton-in-Furness Branch for the past five years, gave a very enjoyable cocktail party on his retirement in November after nearly 45 years in the Bank's service. Thirty-four former colleagues and staff, representing many of the Branches in which Mr Cross had worked, attended when Mr I. Buchanan (District General Manager) made the presentation of a cheque on behalf of the 67 subscribers. He paid tribute to Mr Cross, remarking on the valuable service he had given to both the Bank and its customers, as well as to several worthy public causes.

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Mr Ion (Manager, Barrow-in-Furness) then reminded Mr Cross of a few hap­penings in their days together at Kendal and spoke very highly of his sterling qualities.  Mr Cross responded in his usual inimitable manner and amused the gathering by comparing the Bank and its staff of the 1920 era with the present day. He said that he would be buying a motor mower and a reading lamp with the subscription money and expressed his sincere thanks to all his friends who had contributed. Entering the service at Kendal in 1920 the whole of his career was spent at Northern Branches apart from a year at Douglas Branch and 3 years with H.M. Forces.

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1922 to 1926 Mr T I Bond joined the bank here MBM-Wi56P05.jpg

1928 to 1951 Mr G M Park vaious roles up to Manager in 1946 MBM-Au55P48.jpg

1960 to 1965 Mr L N Cross Manager MBM-Sp65P51.jpg

1963 to 1967 Mr JA Ritchie Clerk in Charge from 1965  MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1967 Mr LDD Aston Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi67P05.jpg

Mr T I Bond

Joined the Bank Here

1922 to 1926

Mr G M Park

On the staff from 1928

Manager 1948 to 1951

Mr L N Cross


1959 to 1964

Mr J A Ritchie

On the staff from 1963

Clerk in Charge 1964-67

Mr L D D Aston

Clerk in Charge

1967 onwards







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Index Number and Address:






Martins Bank Limited 11-24-30 Dalton In Furness                    

Self Accounting sub to 11-43-00 Barrow in Furness

90 Market St Dalton in Furness Lancashire

209 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Dalton-in-furness 2405

Night Safe

Mr L D D Aston Clerk in Charge


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Barrow in Furness Vickerstown


18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

4 March 2011

Opened by Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-25-26 Dalton in Furness

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

Kirkby in Furness



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