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North Eastern Banking Company

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Is that a Wall’s® Ice Cream Sign?  - Quick: Let’s get the banking done, and then pop next door for a double ‘99’… Spennymoor is an original branch of the North Eastern Banking Company, and opens on 8 September 1873. Two years later, that bank takes on the branches of the Alnwick and County bank, and this presents the newly enlarged bank with the problem of how to staff its new total of twenty-six branches spread not only across the Newcastle area, but up into Northumberland including some places that are “off the beaten track”.   A series of amalgamations continues until in 1928, when the marriage of the Bank of Liverpool and Martins with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank results in the creation of Martins Bank Limited.  With branches such as Spennymoor now under its wing, a long period of stability enables Martins to expand across England and Wales.   The next upheaval – the final one to date – is the merger with Barclays, which is a curious time for many of the Bank’s staff in the North East,  who feel as if Martins is taking over Barclays in this part of the country as the sheer number of branches in this, the Bank’s largest district, seems to vastly outweigh the former opposition!

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0033/0524

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Spennymoor Counter (OLD) 1

Spennymoor Counter (OLD) 2


Spennymoor Counter (NEW)

The newly decorated Manager’s Room

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1945 to 1959 Mr D W Moscrop Manager MBM-Sp59P54.jpg

1945 to 1946 Mr S Harling joined the bank here MBM-Su66P04

1959 to 1965 Mr F Bates Manager MBM-Au65P04

1965 Mr A Cheesebrough Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1969 Mr J Hawkins Manager MBM-Au69P11.jpg

BW Logo

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Mr D W Moscrop


1945 to 1959

Mr S Harling

Joined the Bank Here

1956 to 1946

Mr F J Bates


1959 to 1965

Mr A Cheesbrough


1965 to 1969

Mr J Hawkins


1969 onwards


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Index Number and District:






11-16-80 Spennymoor

Full Branch

4 Whitworth Terrace Spennymoor County Durham

358 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Spennymoor 3334

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A Cheesbrough Manager

8 September 1873

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

1 June 2018

Opened by North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-80-36 Spennymoor

Closed permanently from 12 noon

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