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Wordsworth’s local branch …well, sort of…

“I wandered lonely as a cloud… …and as usual found myself never too far away from a Lake District branch of Martins Bank”.  Oh alright, that wasn’t exactly Wordsworth, but this is: Amongst the treasures left to history by the Kendal Bank is a letter to them from the poet, William Wordsworth (below).  Some idea of the influence of the Bank is suggested by his writing to ask for a loan of £1,620 to “tide over” his nephew.  This is of course a not inconsiderable sum in the late 1700s. Whilst Wordsworth’s poetry is easy on the ear, his handwriting is not easy on the eye, but isn’t that always the mark of a “genius”?

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0033/0239

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Martins Bank’s Branch at Grasmere serves generations of tourists, villagers, and who knows, probably poets too, until the turn of the Twenty-First Century, when Barclays finally lays the pen to rest…

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Letter Image and some text: FOUR CENTURIES OF BANKING Vol II © Martins Bank Limited 1968

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DISTRICT BANK LIMITED

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Lmited 11-22-01 Grasmere

Sub to 11-22-01 Ambleside

Kirk Allans Grasmere Ambleside Westmorland

202 Northern

Tuesday and Thursday 1000-1200 and 1230-1400

Saturday 0945-1130

Grasmere 241

No Nightsafe

Mr J E Cooper TD Manager Ambleside

 

Pre 1893

27 June 1893

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1999

7 April 2000

Currently

Wakefield Crewdson – The Kendal Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-06-22 Ambleside

Closed

Retail Outlet

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