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North Eastern Banking Company

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1922 sees a surge in the expansion of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, where we see notonly new Branches and sub-Branches opened, but also existing sub-Branches upgraded. At this stage too, plans are put in place for the new Head Office Building which will not actually be completed and opened for another ten yeas. Chopwell is one of the upgraded sub-Branches, and is listed as a full branch until at least 1940.

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Image Barclays 1922


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Situated about eleven miles west of Gateshead, Chopwell comes to Martins Bank from the amalgamation of the North Eastern Banking Company with the Bank of Liverpool in 1914. Chopwell opens each Monday and Wednesday for two hours, and thanks to its full branch status, has a telephone line installed. The branch survives until 1943, mothballed for reasons of staff shortage during the Second World War, but not re-opened.

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{Branches have been opened at Workington and at Shudehill, Manchester; and Sub-Branches have been opened at Aspatria, Caldbeck, Chatburn, Farningham, Hesket-new-Market and Lowick. The following Sub-Branches have been made into full Branches :Chopwell, Coxhoe, Earby, and Middleton-in-Teesdale. Premises for new Branches have been acquired at Huddersfield, Preston, Bolton, Ormskirk and Helsby. The Foreign Branch has been moved from Head Office to 6, Water Street, Liverpool, and, in order to provide for further growth of Head Office business, the Bank has purchased Nos. 2 and 4, Water Street, Liverpool.}

Extract from the Annual Report and Accounts of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Ltd 1922 Barclays


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Mr G R Taylor

Joined the Bank Here

1927 to 1939






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Index Number and District:






11-191 Chopwell

Full branch from 1922

15 Derwent Street Chopwell Gateshead County Durham

330 North Eastern

Mon and Wed 1000-1200

No Saturday Service

Chopwell 2321

Counter Service Only

Mr C G Whittingham Manager (Gateshead)

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Pre 1914

7 August 1914

18 December 1918


3 January 1928

13 February 1943

operated by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Upgraded to full Branch

Martins Bank Limited

Mothballed for World War II but not re-opened