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Bank of Liverpool

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Then and now, at Henderson’s Buildings…

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Five years after absorbing Messrs Wakefield Crewdson’s Kendal Bank, the Bank of Liverpool opens an office at Lazonby in the wilds of the Northern Lake District.  This beautiful part of England is awash with branch banks, whose main and sub Branches seem to be located in the smallest and remotest of places! This lovely image shows Lazonby sub-Branch in 1937, still with its Bank of Liverpool and Martins window signage, but looking all the world like a small terraced house.  This is not a strange at it seems, and many small offices and agencies of Martins and other banks were actually run from the front rooms of ordinary houses! Hardly overstated, the branch is small but functional, with a cashier service is available for two hours a week, and for extra time when the local Auction Mart is open. Ah, the gentler days of banking!

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Below we compare two images of Lazonby; the photo on the right having been taken at the time of the merger with Barclays in 1969. Barclaycard is now “welcome here”, and things are about to change forever…


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Image © Barclays Ref: 0033/0318

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1969 Lazonby Exterior Barclays sign in window BGA Ref 33-318

Images © Barclays and 1969 Ref: 0033/0318 1937

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Index Number and District:






11-80-60 Lazonby

Sub to 11-80-60 Penrith

Henderson's Buildings Lazonby Penrith Cumberland

219 Northern

Thursday 1000-1300

No Saturday Service

Lazonby 400

No Nightsafe

Mr S L Blaymire Manager (Penrith)


18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

28 September 1972

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-66-98 Penrith Market Square