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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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Follow Prince Charles lead and drop by

If you like hardware, DO NOT miss the chance to visit this wonderful traditional establishment and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ken-and-Linda
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Nr Cambridge
Fabulous

We recently visited this hardware store and museum as my Wife knew I would love it and she was of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Martyn R
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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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“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"
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"all sorts"
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"museum is free"
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"small museum"
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"fork handles"
in 7 reviews
"treasure trove"
in 7 reviews
"buy something"
in 5 reviews
"time warp"
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"well worth a visit"
in 14 reviews
"old fashioned"
in 4 reviews
"trip down memory lane"
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"prince charles"
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"mountain rescue"
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"for sale"
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"bygone era"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like hardware, DO NOT miss the chance to visit this wonderful traditional establishment and chat to the cordial owner / curator. Lots of good stuff to buy (it is a shop after all)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited this hardware store and museum as my Wife knew I would love it and she was of course right. It's like stepping back in time when you visit JB Banks a true piece of history I could have spent the day here....More

Thank Martyn R
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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Martyn R, thank you for your kind review. It's great to read that, as is normal I expect, that your wife was right! You're more than welcome to come back and spend a whole day here and I'm sure you'll see a lot of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a really good find it's a hardware store that sells everything from cloths to spades , but at the back of the store is a museum and well worth the visit it's full of history it's free of charge but donations welcomeMore

Thank Jam201708
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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jam201708, thank you for your kind review. We do our best to stock everything that you'd find in a traditional hardware store (and some things you wouldn't expect!). Almost everything in our museum has always been there, from the tools to the wishing well!...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank GillH007_12
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v g, Public Relations Manager at J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear GillH007_12, Thank you for your kind review. We do our best to source items that are hard to find anywhere else. Even if we don't have it then we should have a good idea of where you'll find it! Kind regards,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

Hi elsieroe, many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We do our best to keep the shop and museum as they've always been; with the odd sympathetic tweak! Kind regards,

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 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 4 weeks 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 10 June 2018 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 4 weeks 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 26 May 2018 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 30 May 2018

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 22 May 2018

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 30 May 2018

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 12 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 17 May 2018

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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Denise S
1 April 2017|
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Of course they are, dogs are always made welcome.
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7 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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