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This is Bellingham, one of the original branches of the Alnwick and County Bank which is subsumed by the North Eastern Banking Company in 1875.  Opened in 1872, Bellingham has been joined by a sub-Branch at Otterburn and another at Wark, by the time of the 1969 merger with Barclays.  Bellingham itself is still open today. Our friends in the North East tell us that the correct local pronunciation of the word Bellingham is “Bellin-Jam” and who are we to disagree?  A great many of our Branch Network Pages cover the retirement celebrations of various Martins Bank Managers, and on the whole, the majority are celebrations of one kind or another – the ubiquitous “Cocktail Party”.

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Image © Barclays Ref  30/154

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This invariably follows the pattern of the presentation of a “subscribed gift” to the Manager and an obligatory bunch of flowers for his wife.  Sometimes it is reported, (as below) that the retiring manager concerned didn’t want a presentation or a party.  This is fair enough, but curiosity makes us wonder why in some cases, this was so.  It is well documented within the records of these occasions that many Managers suffered ill health for a long time, so a presentation wasn’t always possible or desirable.  However, for the sake of things looking rosy, and also as a mark of respect, Martins Bank Magazine never actually reveals whether any particular Manager is just fed up and simply can’t wait to go!  We are sure that even in a happy family such as Martins, this must, just occasionally, have happened…

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1958 04 MBM.jpg1946 to 1958 Mr W B Young Manager MBM-Wi58P52.jpgAt the express wish of Mr. W. B. Young there was no presentation to mark his retire­ment from the Bank at the end of October, but the staff of Bellingham branch joined in drinking his health and in wishing him well before the ceremony of handing over the keys took place.  Mr. Young entered the Bank in 1914 and served with H.M. Forces from 1917-19. He spent varying periods at Wingrove, Gosforth, Shotley Bridge and Newcastle upon Tyne before taking charge at Blackhill in 1928. He was appointed Pro Manager there in 1935. He became Clerk-in-Charge at Wearhead in 1937, and after a spell at St. John's Chapel, 1939-1946, was appointed Manager at Bellingham in 1946.

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1914 Mr Andrew Smith MBM-Sp47P33.jpg

1923 to 1946 Mr H B Chilman Manager MBM-Su46P17.jpg

1938 to 1940 Mr W Hunter joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1946 to 1958 Mr W B Young Manager MBM-Wi58P52.jpg

1958 to 1964 Mr RW Mackenzie Manager MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

1964 to 1967 Mr CH Bramwell Manager MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

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Mr Andrew Smith

On the Staff


Mr H B Chilman


1923 to 1946

Mr W Hunter

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1940

Mr W B Young


1946 to 1958

Mr R W Mackenzie


1958 to 1964

C H Bramwell


1964 onwards

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Local Branch Banks



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Index Number and District:






11-53-00 Bellingham

Full Branch

Front Street Bellingham Hexham Northumberland

308 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bellingham 205

Nightsafe Installed

Mr C H Bramwell Manager

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11-53-00 OTTERBURN

11-53-00 WARK



31 August 1875

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 18 December 2015

Opened by the Alnwick and County Bank

North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-06-12 Bellingham

Closed permanently at 12 Noon