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J.B.Banks and Son Ltd

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J.B.Banks Emporium

As a collector of antique carpentry tools, I was in heaven. The attention to detail is phenomenal... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wath-upon-Dearne, United Kingdom
J B Banks and son

Unexpected pleasure at the back of the shop and upstairs. A fine collection of weaponry and then an... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2019
John J
Warrington, United Kingdom
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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...more
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13-14 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NH, England
+44 1900 822281
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All reviews hardware shop step back in time all sorts fork handles free museum treasure trove small museum well worth a visit buy something wonderful shop prince charles behind the counter bygone age down memory lane interesting items bits and bobs working museum
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a collector of antique carpentry tools, I was in heaven. The attention to detail is phenomenal, with full explanations of how every item is used and it’s purpose. A wonderful way to spend an educational hour or two.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank C5538YIadrianc
v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi C5538YIadrianc, many thanks for your kind review. It's really nice to read that you were in heaven when you came in. We do our best to explain as much as possible as some items in the museum are quite obscure. Glad you were able...More

Reviewed 4 February 2019

Unexpected pleasure at the back of the shop and upstairs. A fine collection of weaponry and then an old tinsmiths shop plus lots of other memorabilia. Looks like a shift has just finished, fascinating.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John J
Reviewed 21 November 2018

An interesting experience to see an 'untouched hardware shop just as you would imagine one should be, as seen in films etc but one which still keeps its self relevant selling and excellent range of secondhand tools. Owner was very interesting to talk to. Hope...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mike A
Reviewed 15 November 2018

Vanessa Graham, Daughter to Dorothy & Jack, and who inherited and ran the Shop recently died only 55 years old. Very sad, but lets hope the store continues within the family, who are all great people. Not forgetting KEN who's worked there for over 50...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018

Wonderful walk down memory lane well worth a visit My father was a joiner so many of the tools were familiar

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Corbett S
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Took my parents both in there 70's and they laugh and chuckled there way round remembering how they used to use some of the exhibits on show. There was lots to see and the staff couldn't have been more welcomeing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank salexander24
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time when I visited JB Banks and Son Ltd. The shop and museum were fascinating and well worth a visit. Fantastic

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jlmhowarduk
Reviewed 14 October 2018

My husband & I took a couple days in Cockermouth and kept seeing leaflets about this place so took a short stroll up the high street to see it. This is such a delightful shop it is full of old tools, and not only is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ming Y
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

I've been here a couple of times but it never ceases to amaze me what a step back in time it is. Lovely staff and a really amazing museum. Recommended

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Lambers2013
Reviewed 27 September 2018

like stepping back in time walking in here . there is a toy museem at the rear which was intresting . i would recomend trying this place out even if its just to take a look

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank lewis a
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Denise S
1 April 2017|
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Response from v g | Property representative |
Of course they are, dogs are always made welcome.
7 July 2016|
Response from v g | Property representative |
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