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Images © Barclays Ref 33-545

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From the M6 motorway – most of which isn’t built until after Martins’ disappears from our high streets – you might be forgiven for thinking as you pass the village of Tebay, that it is nothing more than a long row of terraced houses, and railway line, against a backdrop of stunning but somewhat bleak views. One bright spot, is the great tradition of “front room” banking, which is carried on beautifully by Martins Bank’s little sub-Branch there, in the wilds above Kendal.  The Lake District is dotted with such branches, representative of the banking companies that were consumed by the mergers and acquisitions that led to the modern day Martins Bank. More importantly, they also demonstrate the need for banking in remote communities at a time when the internet isn’t even science fiction!  Our two images of Martins’ sub-Branch at Tebay are taken a couple of decades apart from each other, and show how little has changed there down the years, the only difference here is the change of owner shown on the Barclays signage in the second image.

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MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-26-51 Tebay

Sub to 11-26-51 Kirkby Stephen

Woodend Villa Woodend Terrace Tebay Westmorland

214 Northern

Wednesday 1000-1130

No Saturday Service

Orton 616

No Nightsafe

Mr J A Ritchie Manager (Kirkby Stephen)

1898

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

27 October 1971

Currently

opened by Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-47-07 Kirkby Stephen

Closed

Private Residence

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