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Carlisle and Cumberland Bank

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Northern outpost…


Longtown is Martins Bank’s most northerly branch, and being less than five miles from Gretna, it is as much of an outpost as the Bank’s branches in Norfolk, Kent and Jersey. The pioneering spirit of the Bank comes to the fore when Longtown Manager Mr John Tennant (see gallery below) makes the journey from the North of Cumberland to the South coast to open Southampton Branch in 1935.  Although Martins does not officially extend into Scotland, it does have the benefit of a branch of Lewis’s Bank in Glasgow between 1958 and 1967. Martins Bank’s ties with two Scottish banks – the Bank of Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland, are inherited by Barclays and useful to them until at least the mid 1980s, when all three banks jointly run campaigns and special offers aimed at children.    We are grateful to our friend Don Swainston for supplying from his collection, this image of a Longtown cheque from June 1939. Longtown survives the merger with Barclays in 1969, and remains open in the Twenty-First Century until October 2017…

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Image © 1937 Barclays Ref 0030/1731

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1939 Longtown Cumberland Cheque Don Swainston

Image © Don Swainston 2010 to date

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1928 to 1935 Mr John Tennant Manager MBM-Wi48P11.jpg

1935 to 1950 Mr H Scurr Manager MBM-Au58P58.jpg

1950 to 1953 Mr Gilbert Brown Manager MBM-Au68P55.jpg

1953 to 1958 Mr S E Blacklock Manager MBM-Su64P56.jpg

1958 to 1964 Mr J M Bainbridge Manager MBM-Sp69P09.jpg

1961 to 1962 Mr I R Brander joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P05.jpg

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Mr John Tennant


1928 to 1935

Mr H Scurr


1935 to 1950

Mr Gilbert Brown


1950 to 1953

Mr S E Blacklock


1953 to 1958

Mr J M Bainbridge


1958 to 1964

Mr I R Brander

Joined the Bank Here

1961 to 1962

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1964 Mr N Milner Manager MBM-Au64P05.jpg

1967 Mr JD Bainbridge Staff Member MBM-Sp67P08.jpg

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Mr N Milner


1964 onwards

Mr J D Bainbridge

On the Staff









Index Number and District:






11-66-51 Longtown

Full Branch

23 Bridge Street Longtown Carlisle

216 Northern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Longtown 210

Nightsafe Installed

Mr N Milner Manager


20 March 1911

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 06 October 2017

The Carlisle and Cumberland Bank

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-52-53 Longtown

This Branch was closed permanently at 12 noon

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