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1921 - The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens two new sub-Branches to Wigton – one at Hesket New Market, the other at Caldbeck, which lies at the heart of the former County of Cumberland. In the twenty-first Century, the village of Caldbeck, Cumbria, is known for being home to one of the most powerful digital television transmitters in the UK, serving a large part of North Western England and South Western Scotland.  Nearby Skelton sends BBC World Service radio signals right round the World, confirming this area’s suitablility for modern communications, but the BBC Empire Service as it was originally known is only just beginning when in 1932, Martins Bank decides to close down its sub-Branch at Caldbeck.

Extract from the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Ltd

Annual Report and Accounts 1921 © Barclays

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Image © Barclays 1921

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Map Image © Geographia 1968, produced for Martins Bank Limited

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From this image (LEFT) - © Kelly’s Directory of Cumberland Courtesy Historical and University of Leicester - we can deduce that Staff from Wigton will attend both branches on the same day each week – Wednesday – opening in the morning at Caldbeck, and at Hesket New Market in the afternoon.  This arrangement seems to work well for the next eleven years, but in 1932 both branches are closed, victims of the first branch rationalisation exercise of the modern day Martins Bank.  It is unlikely,  but not beyond the realms of possibility that we might find pictures either of Caldbeck or Hesket Newmarket Branches, and if you can help with information or images regarding this or any of the 1000+ buildings used by Martins Bank as Branches, please do get in touch with us at the usual address – Sep 1.jpg

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Index Number and District:






11-881 Caldbeck

Sub to 11-881 Wigton

Caldbeck Wigton Cumberland

222 Northern

Wed 1000-1200

No Saturday Service

Counter Only

No Telephone

John H Addison Manager (Wigton 1921)


9 November 1921

3 January 1928


Opened by Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited


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