Carlisle and Cumberland Bank – Wigton, Cumbria

Following a recent walk around the town of Wigton, in north Cumbria, we were curious to learn more about some carved stonework we spotted with the letters C and C 1905.

The former Martins Bank in Wigton, north Cumbria

The former Martins Bank in Wigton, north Cumbria

The carving was above a window in what is currently the local Barclays bank for the town.

Also visible was the quite strong outline of the word Martins, all in capital letters.

The building in question is on Kings Street in the town.

Web research points towards the C and C being The Carlisle and Cumberland banking Company Limited.

The prospectus for the Carlisle and Cumberland Banking Company was issued in 1836.

C and C Bank - 1905 - Better known as the Carlisle and Cumberland Bank

C and C Bank - 1905 - Better known as the Carlisle and Cumberland Bank

The Martins banking empire took over the branch with the acquisition of Carlisle and Cumberland Banking Company.

Martins, at the height of its success, merged with Barclays in 1969.

Can you add any more to the story of this building and it’s history?  Let us know in the comments area below.

Further information

Cumberland and Carlisle £5 note – The British Museum





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