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JB Banks

Market Place
CA13 9NH
Grid Ref: NY 122307
Tel: 01900 822281
Vanessa Graham

J.B. Banks & Son Ltd stock a wide range of ironmongery. Nails and other small items are still contained in the magnificent, original 172 drawers behind the mahogany counter. Fascinating museum free to browse upstairs.

Many of these have notes and dates on the reverse, the earliest found being 1870. Nails are weighed out to as needed. Wood screws & brass screws and other small items can also be sold to customers exact requirements

The late Jack Jackson started work in the firm in 1942, at the age of 16. In 1944 Jack Jackson enlisted in the Royal Marines, but he returned to the business three years later. In 1957 he married Dorothy Eckford. Jack and Dorothy had three children, Kay, Alan and Vanessa.

Jack Jackson, like John Banks, was a man of many parts. He was a founder member of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team. He became a magistrate in 1969 only retiring in 1996 when he reached the age of 70. In his spare time he collected all kinds of local memorabilia, particularly antique locks and keys.

[Picture left - The late Mr Jack Jackson and his daughter Vanessa].

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