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J.B.Banks and Son Ltd

13-14 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NH, England
+44 1900 822281
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A wonderful place of history

Do visit this wonderful shop and then go on to the museum. It is like stepping back in time. If... read more

Reviewed yesterday
GillH007_12
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Leominster, United Kingdom
The real deal!

What a lovely working shop and museum. Old shop, old fashioned products and good old fashioned... read more

Reviewed yesterday
elsieroe
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Lincolnshire
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Established in 1836, this traditional ironmongers & hardware shop contains a wealth of original features, from the 22 ft mahogany counter and all the drawers behind to the unusual counter made of keys. Go through the rear door & step back in time. See the workshop dating back to Georgian times, office and more. Great for adults & kids alike.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“hardware shop” (22 reviews)
“all sorts” (13 reviews)
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13-14 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NH, England
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+44 1900 822281
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"hardware shop"
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"step back in time"
in 15 reviews
"all sorts"
in 13 reviews
"museum is free"
in 9 reviews
"small museum"
in 8 reviews
"fork handles"
in 7 reviews
"treasure trove"
in 7 reviews
"time warp"
in 5 reviews
"buy something"
in 4 reviews
"old fashioned"
in 4 reviews
"trip down memory lane"
in 4 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 13 reviews
"mountain rescue"
in 5 reviews
"for sale"
in 6 reviews
"bygone era"
in 3 reviews
"b q"
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"fantastic shop"
in 3 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

Do visit this wonderful shop and then go on to the museum. It is like stepping back in time. If you are searching for that elusive item, this shop may well be able to assist you. We found many items that we had been unable...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a lovely working shop and museum. Old shop, old fashioned products and good old fashioned service. Both the shop and museum upstairs are atmospheric and reminder of times gone by. Please buy something or leave a donation to keep this piece of living history...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, what a fabulous museum. The wife dragged me round Wordsworth House, and all there was was a few pens they'd made out of feathers. This place has real history. This is essentially going into your granddad's garage and being allowed to explore, but without...More

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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Richcritch, many thanks for your kind review. Your description of it being like grandad's garage without your gran trying to give you cake really made us laugh. Maybe that's something we'll have to start offering as we do love a bit of cake (chocolate...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gem! Unique and interesting shop and museum, with a wealth of unusual artifacts. well worth a visit.More

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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear aquilegia14, thank you for taking the time to post a review. We do believe that we are one of the most unique businesses in the country. Whilst many shops may still have their original fittings we also have the museum which has barely been...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A real gem of a place with a friendly welcome. It was so good to see people making a real effort to keep this place growing and adding to the museum for the future The shop part has really useful and hard to find things...More

Thank Richard R
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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Richard R, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Its' great to read that you received a friendly welcome. We do our best to source items you wouldn't find anywhere else. Whilst most of the items in our museum have always...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hardware shop is interesting in itself but the museum at the back of the shop is definitely worth seeing. The collection of guns on the wall and the door locks up the stairs are amazing as are the collections of everything else including some...More

Thank 2010mustang
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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear 2010mustang, thank you for taking the time to post a review. The ATCO car is one of our prize exhibits and hopefully we'll get it working one day. It was badly damaged in the 2009 floods but since then has been on the Antiques...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We found it by chance. I. Spent my working life making handles and selling to iron mongers. We made the famous fork handles!! This is a unique and fabulous collection of tools from the past. I hope it will last for many years, I will...More

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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear pfcha, many thanks for taking the time to post a review. It's lovely to read a review from someone who used to sell to shops like ours, which are now quite rare. The fork handles are one of our most popular items and I'm...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

This shop is a living, working museum -- and practical in every way! On the morning of our departure from Cockermouth we specifically waited until this shop was open so I could buy a few things before we left. The shopkeeper was friendly, pointed out...More

Thank Jennifer E
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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jennifer E, thank you for your kind review. It's really nice to read that you waited until we were open and were able to get what you wanted. I'll pass your comments on to the member of staff you spoke to. All the vintage...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

I'm so glad I visited this fantastic shop, it's an amazing place and reminded me so much of the ironmongers shop that my dad managed in Liverpool from the 1930s. There's also a little museum at the rear that has lots of old and interesting...More

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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Dear Meonia, thank you for your kind review. It was lovely to read that the shop reminded you of the one your dad managed. Whilst we are unique, many years ago we would have been the norm and do bring back a lot of memories...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

WOW - what a magical little place. Popped in with 2 children (7&4) and I have to say that the lady who runs this place was a delight to meet. Not only did she engage my children, but she was friendly, enthusiastic and pleasure to...More

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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Dear Abigailrw, thank you for your lovely review and, I must say, this is one of the nicest reviews I've ever read! I've passed your comments on to the lady who served you. We do our best to welcome everyone of all ages and it's...More

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Denise S
2 April 2017|
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Of course they are, dogs are always made welcome.
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8 July 2016|
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Dear susancB3381SC, The majority of the shop is flat though there is a 1.5'' edge to the main door and the floor in the museum is slightly uneven. The stairs up into the workshop part of the museum aren't wheelchair... More
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