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The images on this page of Martins Bank’s Branch at Consett, were taken around the time of the 1964 branch refurbishment programme, which sees many of the Bank’s oldest buildings made good for the decades to come.  They must have done things fairly well, as this branch is still open today.  Consett is in fact one of Martins’ oldest branches, having been opened by the North Eastern Banking Company in 1872, not long after the formation of that Bank. Full use is made of the available space to produce a banking hall that is light open and friendly, and although there are counter screens, these seem more to do with privacy than security. As ever it is interesting to glimpse the street outside, frozen in time. 


Consett hall…

In Service: 1 July 1872 until present day

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1964 Consett Exterior BGA Ref 30-708.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0708

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Images © Barclays Ref 30/708

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An arrangment of flowers in the banking hall, is a tradition that dates back to the 1930s, extremely high standards having been set at Liverpool City Office Branch, where huge arrangements of fresh flowers are on show every day of the working week.  In 1966, Martins Bank Magazine covers the retirement gathering for Mr Jennings, who retires from Consett Branch after forty-two years’ service with Martins Bank…

Consett party…

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1954 to 1966 Mr W D Jennings Manager MBM-Su66P55.jpg1966 02on 31 march Mr and Mrs Jennings enter­tained about 60 past and present colleagues, their wives and their husbands to a buffet supper party at the Carlton Restaurant, Consett, to mark Mr Jennings' retirement as Manager of Consett branch. District Office was represented by Mr M. A. Charlton and Miss H. P. Macdonald, and Mr Jennings had earlier lunched with his District General Manager at Grey Street. Mr W. Maddison (Manager, Shotley Bridge), after expressing everyone's regret that Mr Jennings should be retiring on medical advice, congratulated him on his excellent recovery from his recent illness and wished him many years of happy retire­ment. He then presented a cheque from subscribers and Miss Eileen Harrison pre­sented Mrs Jennings with a bouquet. Mr Jennings responded with a lively and witty speech, giving observations on the Bank and its staff during his 'forty glorious years'. The cheque, he told his listeners, would be used to buy a film projector. The party continued in a warm atmos­phere of reunion, with music and dancing, and will remain an occasion for both Mr and Mrs Jennings to remember. After entering the Bank at Tow Law in 1924 Mr Jennings served at several branches in the District. Following five years' war service he was appointed Manager at Lanchester in 1947 and at Consett in 1954.

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1938 to 1939 Mr F Bates joined the bank here MBM-Au65P04.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr F Thompson joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P05.jpg

1943 to 1954 Mr J H Ritson Manager MBM-Wi54P48.jpg

1951 to 1959 Mr W Maddison MBM-Sp65P05.jpg

1954 to 1966 Mr W D Jennings Manager MBM-Su66P55.jpg

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Mr K A Kirk

Joined the Bank here

1904 to 1913

Mr F Bates

Joined the Bank here

1938 to 1939

Mr F Thompson

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1940

Mr J H Ritson


1943 to 1954

Mr W Maddison

On the Staff

1951 to 1959

Mr W D Jennings


1954 to 1966

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1966 Mr W Goudie Manager MBM-Su66P05.jpg

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Mr W Goudie


1966 onwards






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Index Number and District:






11-10-30 Consett

Full Branch

12 Front Street Consett County Durham

317 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Consett 3084

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W Goudie Manager

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11-24-00 Annfield Plain


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11-205 Leadgate

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1 July 1872

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-23-17 Consett



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