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North Eastern Banking Company

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Not a slag heap in sight!


Martins Bank does have some wonderful looking buildings in its Branch portfolio, and Blackhill does not disappoint.  It is opened by the north Eastern Bank in 1893 and lasts for eighty-one years, being closed by Barclays in 1974.  During its Martins life, Blackhill is a self remitting sub branch to Shotley Bridge and open six days across the full banking week, indicating a brisk trade. When Barclays and Martins merge at the end of 1969, Blackhill is downgraded to a sub-Branch.


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1960 s Blackhill Exterior CU BGA Ref 30-281

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0281

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For our feature we go back to 1954 to find that Martins Bank Magazine’s preconcieved ideas about this part of the North East are, thankfully, shot down in flames…

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1954 04 MBM.jpgAnd just to think that for 34 years we have been under the impression that Blackhill was a hole in the ground, a forest of pithead machinery, slag heaps, etc., and that to visit it would be a mortification of the flesh, a penance for having made our branch visits hitherto to places like Torquay and Bournemouth. How wrong we were!   To begin with, once clear of the Scotswood Road and across the Tyne, the journey along the valley of the Derwent is made through beautiful country and for sheer loveliness a blue November sky, flecked with white clouds above the browns and russets of late autumn colouring, would be hard to beat. Blackhill looks quite industrial by virtue of the presence of the Consett Iron Works, and it is a straggly place which seems to begin in Shotley Bridge on one side and end in Consett on the other, without any very noticeable division.  The country around is extremely fine and on the day of our visit, November 9th, we saw it at its best.  At Blackhill our Manager Mr. T. Hopper (who is manager both of Blackhill and Shotley Bridge Branches) is assisted by G. C. L Irwin who has only been in the Bank a short time. There is also a trainee, M. O. Binns of North Eastern District Office, at present at the branch. On the day of our visit, J. L. Boulding from District Office was in charge in order to free Mr. Hopper to be with us.

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1903 to 1904 Mr B Raine joined the service here MBM-Wi47P10.jpg

1925 to 1932 Mr J H Ritson Manager MBM-Wi54P48.jpg

1928 to 1937 Mr W B Young Pro Manager from 1935 MBM-Wi58P52.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr W Goudie MBM-Su66P05.jpg

1947 to 1960 Mr T Hopper Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp60P44.jpg

1948 to 1949 Mr T Soulsby MBM-Au65P04

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Mr B Raine

Joined the Bank Here

1903 to 1904

Mr J H Ritson


1925 to 1932

Mr W B Young

Pro Manager

1928 to 1937

Mr W Goudie

On the Staff

1941 to 1942

Mr T Hopper

Clerk in Charge

1947 to 1960

Mr T Soulsby

On the Staff

1948 to 1949

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1949 to X Mr J A McNall MBM-Au64P04

1952 to 1953 Mr J M Hogarth MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1953 to 1954 Mr G W Hunter MBM-Au65P05.jpg

1954 Mr G C Urwin MBM-Wi54P38.jpg

1954 Mr J L Boulding MBM-Wi54P38.jpg

1954 Mr M O Binns MBM-Su66P07.jpg

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Mr J A McNall

On the Staff

1949 to ?

Mr J M Hogarth

On th estaff

1952 to 1953

Mr G W Hunter

On the Staff

1953 to 1954

Mr G C Unwin

On the Staff


Mr J L Boulding

On the Staff


Mr M O Binns

On the Staff


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1954 to 1954 Mr P Hide MBM-Wi65P05.jpg

1960 to 1963 Mr B Kirtley Clerk in Charge MBM-Su66P05.jpg

1966 Mr R Morton Clerk in Charge MBM-Au66P03.jpg

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BW Logo

BW Logo

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Mr P Hide

On the Staff

1954 to 1954

Mr B Kirtley

Clerk in Charge

1960 to 1963

Mr R Morton

Clerk in Charge






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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-83-01 Blackhill

Self remitting sub to 11-78-70 Shotley Bridge

65 Derwent Street Blackhill Consett  County Durham

313 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Consett 2893

No Nightsafe

Mr R Morton pro Manager

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11 January 1893

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

22 November 1974


Opened by North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-77-79 Shotley Bridge


Private Residence