A001 11-24-00 Annfield Plain A


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North Eastern Banking CompanyHow the North East

was won…

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The way in which banking spreads across Britain can be likened to the trail-blazing of pioneers, as they set up shop in each and every town along the way.  There is almost something of a “Wild-West” feel to this wonderful image from the 1890s!  That County Durham will become saturated with Branches of Martins Bank is due to the many banking amalgamations which eventually will bring the Bank of Liverpool and the North Eastern Banking Company together in 1914.

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By the time Martins Bank merges with Barclays, the North Eastern District is the most populous, with more than 130 branches from the Scottish borders down to the East Riding of Yorkshire. Annfield Plain Branch is established in 1897 by the North Eastern Banking company, who set up an agency at J R Barrow’s Chemist’s shop. Seventy years on under Martins Bank, Annfield Plain is a self accounting sub branch to Consett. The branch opens full banking hours across a six day week, and is merged into Barclays in 1969. Annfield Plain remains open for another eighteen years.

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1897 Branch as agency of North Eastern Banking Co 4CB.jpg

J R Barrow’s Annfield Plain Agency of the North Estern Bank, in 1897….

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… and in the 1960s as a branch of Martins Bank.

Image © Barclays Ref 30/0053


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1941 to 1941 Mr W Goudie joined the bank here 1954 to 1958 Pro Manager MBM-Su66P05.jpg

1949 to 1955 Mr F Thompson MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1958 to 1962 Mr G Hammond Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp69P07.jpg

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Mr A Thirlwell

On the Staff


Mr W Goudie

Joined Here 1941to 1941

Pro Manager 1954 to 1958

Mr F Thompson

On the Staff

1949 to 1955

Mr G Hammond

Clerk in Charge

1958 to 1962

Mr G C Urwin

On the Staff

1959 to 1960

Mr E Summerbell

Clerk in Charge

1962 to 1965

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BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

BW Logo

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Mr B Swan

Clerk in Charge

1965 to 1967

Mr J D Whittaker

Clerk in Charge

1967 onwards





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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-24-00 Annfield Plain                                      

Self Accounting Sub to 11-10-30 Consett

West Road Annfield Plain Stanley County Durham

303 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 10am to 3pm

Saturday 9am to 11.30am

Annfield Plain 236

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J D Whittaker Clerk in Charge

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7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

17 August 1987


Opened as an agency by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-02-37 Annfield Plain


Flowers, Gifts, and Coffee Shop


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