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Bank of Liverpool

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Image © Barclays 1929

The Furness Peninsula is almost saturated with Branches of the Banks that come together to make Martins – notably Messrs, Grice and Company of Bootle, Messrs  Petty and Postlethwaite of Ulverston, and Messrs Wakefield Crewdson’s Kendal Bank.  The Kendal Bank has amalgamated with the Bank of Liverpool six months before a sub-Branch at Kirkby in Furness is opened in December 1893. The sub-Branch is originally known as Kirkby Ireleth, and along with nearby Askam in Furness and Dalton in Furness acts as a satellite office to Barrow in Furness Branch.

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1924 Phone book entry BT

In 1956 an early cull of some of Martins’ tiniest Branches results in the closure of both Kirkby and Askam in Furness. Sadly, we have been unable to trace any images, and we also have no staff records.  This extract from Kelly’s 1924 directory of Lancashire shows Kirkby in Furness opening only for two hours on the first Wednesday of the month.  This implies that like many of the smaller sub-Branches, the Banking transactions may well have taken place in someone’s front room.  It is also likely to have been operated in its early days as an agency, not a Branch.  If you can help with images or memories of Martins Bank’s Furness Peninsula Branches, or indeed of ANY of the Bank’s 930+ offices, please do get in touch with us at the usual address: 


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Index Number and District:






11-059 Kirkby In Furness                                              

Sub to 11-059 Barrow in Furness

Kirkby in Furness Lancashire

209 Northern

Wednesday 1000-1200

Saturday 0900-1130

No telephone

Counter Service only

Mr H G Parker Manager (Barrow in Furness)


12 December 1893

18 December 1918

3 January 1928


Opened by the Bank of Liverpool 

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited