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North Eastern Banking Company

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The North Eastern Banking Company opens a branch at West Cornforth in 1899, and so begins an eighty-seven year relationship between the village and its bank. West Cornforth is not too far from Ferryhill, but in this wonderful picture it might as well have been conjured up in the mind of a children’s author!  You can almost imagine young wizards and witches calling here to withdraw gold with which to purchase broomsticks and spell books. 

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In 1946, when Martins Bank Magazine publishes the retirement article shown below, West Cornforth is still a full Branch.  In later years it serves as a sub branch to COXHOE.  The following account of Mr Sinclair taking a well-earned rest after 43 years in the Bank is our only story from West Cornforth. 

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1940 West Cornforth Exterior CU BGA Ref 30-3133

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3133

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1931 to 1946 Mr C A Sinclair Manager  MBM-Au46P23.jpg1946 03 MBM.jpgBy a happy coincidence Mr. Sinclair's retirement from the service took place on his sixtieth birthday, and Friday, June 29th was marked by a very pleasant double ceremony—a birthday tea and a presentation ceremony. In the presence of a small gathering of friends Mrs. Witton made the presentation of a whisky flask to the retiring manager, on whose pro­position the gift was suitably christened.  Mr. Sinclair entered the bank in 1903 at Stanley branch. After service at Annfield Plain and Consett he became manager of Coxhoe branch in 1921, and received his appointment to West Cornforth in 1931.

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1909 to 1919 Mr T Mavin joined the bank here MBM-Sp54P52.jpg

1915 to 1917 Mr Luke Wanless joined the bank here MBM-Au57P56.jpg

1917 Mr R L Scott joined the bank here MBM-Su63P56.jpg

1931 to 1946 Mr C A Sinclair Manager  MBM-Au46P23.jpg

1938 to 1940 Mr K J Peacock MBM-Sp65P05.jpg

1946 to 1952 Mr T S Glendinning Manager MBM-Au64P58.jpg

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Mr T Mavin

Joined Here 1909 to 1919

Manager 1921 to 1931

Mr Luke Wanless

Joined the Bank Here

1915 to 1917

Mr R L Scott

Joined the Bank Here


Mr C A Sinclair


1931 to 1946

Mr K J Peacock

On the Staff

1938 to 1940

Mt T S Glendenning

On the Staff

1946 to 1952

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1953 to 1954 Mr R Harrison MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1965 Mr E Summerbell Manager MBM-Wi65P04

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Mr R Harrison

On the Staff

1953 to 1954

Mr E Summerbell


1969 onwards








Index Number and District:






11-16-30 West Cornforth

Sub to 11-16-30 Coxhoe

21 High Street West Cornforth County Durham

366 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1200

Saturday 0930-1100

West Cornforth 228

No Nightsafe

Mr E Summerbell Manager

2 January 1899

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

30 October 1986


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-23-77 Coxhoe



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