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North Eastern Banking Company

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The map above, (reproduced in “Four Centuries of Banking” Vol II © Martins Bank Limited 1968) sadly does not display many of the far western towns and villages of Northumberland, Woodburn included.  We have therefore highlighted Hexham as the nearest town, but you need to go about eighteen miles north-west of Hexham to find Bellingham.

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Image © Barclays 1922

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Pronounced locally as “Bellin-jam” is the parent of thee sub-branches, Otterburn, Wark and Woodburn, which come to Martins Bank through the amalgamation of the North Eastern Banking Company and the Bank of Liverpool in 1914.  The details we have for Woodburn are from the Annual Report and Accounts of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited, and also Kelly’s Directory of Northumberland, where the opening hours are recorded as two hours per week on a Thursday.   Originally intended to have been “mothballed”, this tiny sub-Branch is closed in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II, but is not re-opened. This is one of several smaller outlets for which an incomplete address is recorded. We are sorry that we have no image of Woodburn sub-Branch, and if you can help with pictures or memories of this or any of Martins Banks 980+ Branch Buildings, please do get in touch with us at the usual address: .

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Index Number and district:






11-065 Woodburn

Sub to 11-065 Bellingham

Main Street Woodburn Northumberland

335 North Eastern

Thursday 1330-1530

No Saturday Service

No Telephone

Counter Service Only

Mr Edward J Smith Manager Bellingham (1921)


7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928


opened by North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War 2 but not re-opened

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