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The Bank of Liverpool opens a sub-Branch in the remote Yorkshire village of Dent in 1898, starting a banking service that will last for seventy-four years. At this time the parent Branch at SEDBERGH is run from one of the buildings of the famous Sedbergh School.

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Free parking in the

Yorkshire Dales!

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Perhaps free parking is enough of a rarity in these parts, for an organisation such as the Royal Automobile Club to actually point it out to motorists! (See image below right).  We love Martins Bank’s sub-Branch at Dent for being yet another of those fantastically quaint little buildings from which a banking service is offered.  The history of this small outlet goes back to the days of the Bank of Liverpool, whose signage can be seen here along with the opening hours painted on the window. Sep 1.jpg

This part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is particularly beautiful, and the staff at Sedbergh are extremely lucky not only to be working somewhere like this, but also to be be able to drive off once a week through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to provide the people of Dent with a bank for three and a half hours! Although this all does seem to belong to a VERY different age indeed, Martins Bank’s sub-Branch at Dent does actually survive until the end of September 1972.

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Images © Barclays Ref 0033/0180


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Spot the difference!

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1960 Dent Exterior BGa Ref 33-180

Images © Barclays Ref 0033/0180


Our thanks to Geoff Dougherty, who got into touch via our FACEBOOK® page, for spotting this wonderful image of Dent Branch with its original sign uncovered, in 2014/15…

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1960 Dent Exterior BGa Ref 33-180

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Index Number and District:






11-61-70 Dent

Sub to 11-61-70 Sedbergh

Main Street Dent Sedbergh Yorkshire

220 Northern

Tuesday 1030-1400

No Saturday Service

Dent 276

Counter Service Only

Mr J S Pearson TD Manager (Sedbergh)



18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

September 1972

Opened by the Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-76-28 Sedbergh


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