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Carlisle and Cumberland Bank

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The Carlisle and Cumberland Bank opens a banking service at Newbiggin on Lune in 1898.  It was probably started as an agency of the Bank, where a small front room outlet like this would typically offer a service for just an hour or two on one day of the week – quite an occasion for the local people and traders, but a very brisk business for a bank. Despite this, Martins takes on huge numbers of these 1969 Newbiggin on Lune Sign BGA Ref 33-399.jpgtiny sub-Branches. Against all the odds some have lasted well into the twenty-first century, whilst major towns have seen their own branches closed down. 

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In Service: 1898 until 29 December 1970

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1969 Newbiggin on Lune Exterior BGa Ref 33-399.jpg

Images © Barclays Ref 0033/0399

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Sadly, Newbiggin on Lune is not one of them, and it survives for just one year under Barclays before being closed forever. News of the merger is brought to customers all over England and Wales, by signs like the one in the photograph. They appear outsie every one of Martins Bank’s branches to tell everyone that soon there will be a new name over the door.  Despite a promise that the name of Martins will “live on for as long as customers want it to”, the changeover is swift, and the memory of Martins is consigned to certain bank stationery – mostly customers’ cheques - until the early 1980s when, due partly to the introduction of “PLC” to British company names, it disappears altogether.  A huge number of front room sub branches are closed as inefficient or surplus to requirements, and with that, the end of the golden age of village banking is sounded…

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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-26-51 Newbiggin on Lune

Sub to 11-26-51 Kirkby Stephen

Bank House Newbiggin on Lune Westmorland

214 Northern

Tuesday 1000-1100

No Saturday Service

Newbiggin-on-L 628

No Nightsafe Installed

Mr J A Ritchie Manager (Kirkby Stephen)

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Newbiggin by the Sea


20 March 1911

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

29 December 1970

opened by the Carlisle and Cumberland Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-47-07 Kirkby Stephen



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