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J.B.Banks and Son Ltd

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An interesting step back in time but still relevant today

An interesting experience to see an 'untouched hardware shop just as you would imagine one should... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2018
Mike A
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Always a Wonderful Shop; But RIP Vanessa Graham aged only 55. Owner....

Vanessa Graham, Daughter to Dorothy & Jack, and who inherited and ran the Shop recently died only... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2018
PadraigOCruinneacht
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Greater Manchester, 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
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Reviewed November 21, 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 November 15, 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 November 10, 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 November 5, 2018

This business is like stepping back in time. We called in for some screws and a bird box, but had to go through the back into the "museum". The clock in here appears to have stopped 50 or 60 years ago, with loads of old...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Stephen M
Reviewed November 4, 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
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Reviewed November 1, 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
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Reviewed October 13, 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 September 30, 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
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Reviewed September 27, 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
Reviewed September 19, 2018

It felt like we'd stepped into that famous Two Ronnies sketch in this shop! The Georgian museum at the back is amazing - almost as though the oldest incumbents had just stepped out for a mo. I saw many things my old Dad used to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Denise S
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Of course they are, dogs are always made welcome.
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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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