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Traditional Ironmonger and Hardware Shop, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Established 1836 

 Celebrating 180 Years of trading

Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm


Thank you to everyone who supported us during September - We have raised £836 which will be split between Cockermourh Mountain Rescue Team & The Great North Air Ambulance. There were 830 tack in the jar & Mr Smyth from Mansfield won a parcel full of goodies.


J.B. Banks and Son Ltd, at 13-14 Market Place in Cockermouth is an extraordinary shop firmly rooted as a traditional Ironmonger and hardware shop.  








Our range is very broad, offering just about everything you could need for your home, smallholding, garden or workshop. These include; locks, key cutting, workshop, countryside management tools, ironmongery and fixings. We also have a large range of kitchenware and household items, garden essentials, pest control, janitorial equipment and various other household essentials.

We also buy in quality second-hand joinery items, such as wooden work boxes, gouges, draining spades, planes, draw knives, etc, for resale.  Please enquire via telephone or e-mail to check prices or discuss an order. A cheque is required with all orders, which must allow for a 14 day turnaround.

Museum & Exhibition - Upstairs in the rear of the shop is the original tin smithy & plumbers workshop, this contains hand tools, anvils, vices and hand machinery. We have recently discovered that this was in existence in 1829, several years before the shop opened & when George IV was in the throne. Our office is also upstairs with desks, pre QWERTY typewriter and various paperwork and prewar items.


Downstairs you can find a large collection of locks from Tudor to present day, plate locks, padlocks, rimlocks and lots more. The original well used by the cottages for drinking water was opened up again in 1969- some say there is a passage to Cockermouth Castle inside the well, we have never explored it so it may be true.

Plus lots more on the heritage & history of the shop, Market Place and Cockermouth.



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Our heritage museum

Tin smithy looking up (large)

Our free museum is open every day with last entry an hour before closing.