B043 11-52-00 Belford A

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Belford is an original branch of the Alnwick and County Bank, which is taken over by the North Eastern Banking Company in 1875.  The Branch is rebuilt in 1960, but unlike many of Martins Bank’s knocked-down and reconstructed offices at that time, it doesn’t receive a visit from Martins Bank Magazine until a few years later, in 1965.   Even then, this is part of the “A’s and B’s in Northumberland” feature, a kind of “whistlestop tour” where the most said about a particular branch fills around two or three lines of copy.

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There is much about 1960s architecture at which with the luxury of hindsight we can shudder.  Some of the best (or worst) examples of “before and after” can be seen by visiting two more of Martins’ own North Eastern Branches – HARTLEPOOL YORK ROAD and NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE WINGROVE. Martins Bank Magazine visits Belford in the Summer of 1965, and gives its own (rather short) opinion on the transformation that has taken place…

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We set off through well-farmed countryside to Belford, where our rebuilt branch is a masterpiece of design and décor on an excellent site.  Farming predominates here, in the hunting country of Surtees, benevolent feudalism combining with the best of twentieth century ideas in agriculture to spell prosperity…

 

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Belford Branch in 1958 – Before being rebuilt

 

1960 Afterwards – but looking a little like a public convenience?

Image © Barclays Ref 30-0152

 

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Thanks to our friends at WARD PHILIPSON PHOTO MEMORIES, we are able to bring you a flavour of that “masterpiece of design and décor”. Since the invention of photography, banks have used professional photographers to take pictures of their branches.

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The Photo Memories Archive contains many of the images of Martins Bank’s North Eastern District Branches that were taken by the Bank’s official photographer for that part of the country. Here we have the impression of a great deal of space and light created for the customers and staff of the rebuilt Belford Branch…

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Images © WARD PHILIPSON PHOTO MEMORIES – John A Moreels M.B.E

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1916 Mr J C Potts joined the bank here MBM-Sp61P54.jpg

1918 Mr J H Wedderburn joined the bank here MBM-Au62P55.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr RW Mackenzie MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

1949 to 1966 Mr F D Ayton Manager MBM-Wi66P55.jpg

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Mr J C Potts

Joined the Bank Here

1916

Mr J H Wedderburn

Joined the Bank Here

1918

Mr R W Mackenzie

On the Staff

1938 to 1939

Mr F D Ayton

Manager

1949 to 1966

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1951 to 1953 Mr R T Turnbull MBM-Au67P03.jpg

1965 Miss M C Craigs MBM-Au65P14.jpg 

1965 Miss S M Breckons MBM-Au65P14.jpg

1965 Mr J A Elliott MBM-Au65P14.jpg

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Mr R T Turnbull

On the Staff

1951 to 1953

Miss M C Craigs

On the Staff

1965

Miss S M Breckons

On the Staff

1965

Mr J A Elliott

On the Staff

1965

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1966 Mr RO Brunton Manager MBM-Wi66P04.jpg

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Mr R O Brunton

Manager

1966 onwards

 

 

 

 

 

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LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

 

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-52-00 Belford

Main Branch

5 Market Place Belford  Northumberland

307 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Belford 316

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R O Brunton Manager

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1874

31 August 1875

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

1958

October 1959

15 December 1969

7 April 2000

Opened by Alnwick and County Bank

North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed demolished and rebuilt

Reopened

Barclays Bank Limited 20-06-01 Belford

Closed

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