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The Carlisle and Cumberland Bank merges with the Bank of Liverpool in 1911, and Cockermouth is one of the inherited branches destined to become part of Martins. This particularly evocative scene shows the Bank’s  Cockermouth Branch at its best the 1960s. 

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The interiors of the Branch are also brought vividly to life below by some rare colour images, although this was still the “dark wood” period when the Bank seemed to favour impossibly dark interiors which then required lots of electric lighting – obviously a time of cheap domestic fuel tariffs!  Positions at the heart of Cockermouth’s Main Street, the Branch easily surives the merger with Barclays in 1969, and despite extensive flood damage in 2009, remains open for business today.

In Service: Pre 1911 until 17 January 2025

1960 Cockermouth Exterior BGA Ref 30-685

Image © Barclays Ref: 0030-0685

1960 Cockermouth Interior 1 Colour BGA Ref 30-685

1960 Cockermouth Interior 2 Colour BGA Ref 30-685

Image © Barclays Ref: 30-685

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It was THIS big! (No, really, it WAS!)

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Working for Martins Bank can make you feel like a big fish in a small pond, but sometimes the tables can be turned, as we learn in this fishy tale from 1950…

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1950 03 MBM.jpgThe photograph is of Mr. R. S. Sedgwick (Cockermouth Branch) and his 12lb. sea trout, the biggest sea trout ever taken from the Cumberland Derwent. He landed the fish on fly, size eight hook, from The Cradles, on the Derwent, eight miles from the sea, after a 40-minutes tussle at midnight on Friday, July 14th. The length of the fish is 31 inches, and its circumference above the dorsal fin 16 inches. Mr. Sedgwick is treasurer of the Cockermouth Anglers' Association, and a member of the River Derwent Board of Conservators. An old boy of Sedbergh School, he is a native of Westmorland, and is well-known in Lancaster and Penrith. He is also popular in Cumber­land Rugby Union, a former forward and an officer of Penrith R.U.F.C., and is now on the committee of the Cockermouth R.U.F.C.

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1951 Mobile Branch at Cockermouth Agricultural Society Show MBM-Wi51P43Show Season

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1951 04 MBM.jpgThe oldest visitor to the Cockermouth Agricultural Society’s Show, was Mr J B Ellwood, who is over 92 years of age.  Mr Ellwood is also the oldest customer of Martins Bank in the district, and one of his first calls on the showfield was at the MOBILE BRANCH, where he signed the visitors’ book.  With Mr Ellwood are (left to right):  Mr J C Watson, incharge of the Mobile Branch; Mr R S Sedgwick and Miss Heather Mallinson of Cockermouth Branch, and Mr Ellwood’s son, Mr J W Ellwood. 

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Finally, we mark the retirement through ill-health of Cockermouth Manager Mr G M Park, who has served the Bank for nearly forty years, and bows out gracefully in the Autumn of 1955…

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1955 03 MBM.jpg1951 to 1955 Mr G M Park Manager MBM-Au55P48.jpgAt the end of July Mr. G. M. Park retired after nearly 40 years' service, a career terminated a little earlier than usual as Mr. Park's health has not been too good latterly. On the day of his retirement Mr. and Mrs. Park entertained the staff of Cockermouth branch to tea in their home and during the course of the proceedings an informal presentation was made of books for Mr. Park and of a bouquet for Mrs. Park. Mr. Park commenced his service in Decem­ber, 1915 at Millom. He served during the First World War from 1918-1919, returning to Millom. In 1928 he went to Dalton where he was appointed Pro Manager in 1933. Acting Manager in 1942 and Manager in 1946. He was made Manager at Cockermouth in 1951. Mr. Park intends to spend his retirement in Cockermouth where he is having a bunga­low built and we in Head Office who specially remember his pleasant contributions to our annual entertainment at the Northern District dinners join our colleagues of the Northern District in wishing him well in his retirement and a speedy return to good health.

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

This Cockermouth cheque represents a transition period in the design and printing of bank cheques. The “stamp duty paid” symbol tells us that the customer, still liable at this time to pay 2d for each cheque written, has paid the tax on his cheque book of three shillings and fourpence.  The tax is abolished on 1 February 1971, just two weeks before the introduction of decimal currency in Britain.  This cheque dates from around 1961, and the next significant development will come in 1963 when Martins begins to encode information along the bottom edge of each cheque – the MICR Line, as computerisation begins to take over banking…

1912 to 1914 Mr J W Bargh MBM-Su58P57.jpg

1922 to 1928 Mr T E Askew MBM-Su48P44.jpg

1929 to 1933 Mr B E Jones Manager MBM-Au47P18.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr JE Russell MBM-Wi64P07.jpg

1946 to x Mr A N Darvell MBM-Au68P56

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Mr J W Bargh

On the Staff

1912 to 1914

Mr T W Askew

On the Staff

1922 to 1928

Mr B E Jones


1929 to 1933

Mr J E Russell

On the Staff

1938 to 1939

Mr A N Darvell

On the Staff

1946 to ?

Mr R S Sedgwick

On the Staff


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1951 to 1955 Mr G M Park Manager MBM-Au55P48.jpg

1959 to 1964 Mr F E Burnett Manager MBM-Wi64P07.jpg

1965 Judith Walling Cashier MBM-Wi65P59.jpg

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Mr G M Park


1951 to 1955

Mr F E Burnett


1959 to 1964

Mr G A Bateson


1964 onwards

Miss Judith Walling









Index No and District






11-99-20 Cockermouth

Full Branch

30 Main Street Cockermouth Cumberland

208 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Cockermouth 3120


Mr G A Bateson Manager

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Clitheroe Auction Mart

Pre 1911

20 March 1911

18 December 1918

3 Janaury 1928

15 December 1969

17 January 2025

opened by the Carlisle and Cumberland Bank Limited

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-22-55 Cockermouth

Closing Permanently from 12 noon

Cockerton (Darlington)