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Opened in 1868, Kirkby Lonsdale is an original branch of Messrs Wakefield, Crewdson’s Kendal Bank, which merges with the Bank of Liverpool in 1893. The building we see here is opened by the Bank of Liverpool in 1898, announced in the local press as follows:

1898 SEP 17 Bank of Liverpool Kirkby Lonsdale Ad- BNA

Westmorland Gazette 17 September 1898

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited, created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, and reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive

As we can see in the pictures below, Kirkby Lonsdale undergoes expansion, which swallows up the shop next door. The object is, of course, to achieve larger premises that allow for an expansion in business. 

In Service: 1868 until 25 January 2022

B of L WK Logo

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1520

This is a prudent move, as banking between the mid 1970s and the late 1990s will rely on an enormous quantity of paper transactions and records to the point where staff are constantly boxing up and send off items to be stored in central warehouses.  Having survived the merger with Barclays, Kirkby Lonsdale remained open into the twenty-first century, albeit on much reduced opening hours, and closure was finally announced by Barclays for 25 January 2022. Very little else has changed at this listed building, apart from the addition of a Barclays cash machine in the space of the large leftmost window. Whilst Martins Bank Magazine doesn’t pay Kirkby Lonsdale a visit, we have been able to dig out a few short articles concerning members of the staff, which we have reproduced below….

Small town expansion…x

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1520


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1964 03 MBM.jpgxA dog’s best friend…

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A lady customer at Kirkby Lonsdale branch announced sadly the loss of her dog – “Is it”, asked Mr R Jopson, “a brown and white terrier with rather long legs?” “Yes”, replied the lady, hopefully. “If you go down the street to the Green, I think you will find it playing with some other dogs”. The lady went to the Green to return later, with her dog and full of gratitude. “All part of the service” blandly explains Mr G A Bateson, our manager…

1951 to 1953 Mr R Jopson MBM-Su69P14

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1968 03 MBM.jpgIt started at a dance…

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Hazel Robinson of our Kirkby Lonsdale Branch was chosen to be the first ‘Miss Westmorland Young Farmer’ at a dance in Whittington in July 1968. She is chairman of Hutton Young Farmers’ Club.

Unaccustomed as she is…

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1969 01 MBM.jpgHazel Robinson of Kirkby Lonsdale branch, featured in our Autumn 1968 issue as the first 'Miss Westmorland Young Farmer', is in the news. She was one of a team of three representing Hutton Young Farmers' Club which won the final of the Westmorland youth public speaking competitions, held at County Hall, Kendal, on November 20.

1968 Hazel Robinson MBM-Au68P45.jpg

1903 to 1908 Mr T A Grimes joined the service here MBM-Au47P18.jpg

1908 Mr H S Hayes joined the bank here MBM-Au48P18

1910 Mr J H Jarvis joined the bank here  MBM-Wi55P48.jpg

1919 to 1920 Mr T T Warriner MBM-Wi58P49.jpg

1941 to 1946 Mr J R Williams MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

1944 to 1961 Mr D Kennard Manager MBM-Sp61P51.jpg






Mt T A Grimes

Joined the Bank here

1903 to 1908

Mr H S Hayes

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J H Jarvis

Joined the Bank here


Mr T T Warriner


1919 to 1920

Mr J R Williams

Staff Member

1941 to 1946

Mr D Kennard


1944 to 1961






1952 to 1959 Mr TB Whitehead  MBM-Wi66P02.jpg

1961 to 1964 Mr GA Bateson Manager MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

1951 to 1953 Mr R Jopson MBM-Su69P14.jpg

1964 Mr R H Watson Manager MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

1968 Hazel Robinson MBM-Au68P45.jpg






Mr T B Whitehead

Staff Member

1952 to 1959

Mr G A Bateson


1961 to 1964

Mr R Jopson

Staff Member

1964 to 1969

Mr R H Watson


1964 onwards

Miss Hazel Robinson

Staff Member




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Main Street


Main Street


Main Street


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Index Number and District:






11-24-50 Kirkby Lonsdale

Main Branch

66 Main Street Kirkby Lonsdale Westmorland

213 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Kirkby Lonsdale 254

Nightsafe Installed

R H Watson Manager



Kirkby in Furness




18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

25 January 2022

Opened by Messrs Wakefield, Crewdson – The Kendal Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Moved to 66 Main Street

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-47-04 Kirkby Lonsdale

Closed permanently from 12 noon

Kirkby stephen



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