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The North Eastern Banking Company opens a branch at Crook in 1897.  County Durham has the largest number of branches – ninety-two - in the North Eastern District.

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Elsewhere, in county terms, only Lancashire and Yorkshire have more, with around one hundred and thirty each.  For our Crook Branch feature, we say farewell to Mr G H Bennett who joined the North Eastern Banking Company in the year that it merged with the Bank of Liverpool. In 1958, after a career of forty-four years, it is time for him to retire.  With golf and fishing on the agenda, Martins Bank Magazine reports on his first steps towards a new life…

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1958 04 MBM.jpg1944 to 1958 Mr G H Bennett Manager MBM-Wi58P50.jpgAt the end of September Mr. G. H. Bennett, Manager at Crook branch for the past fourteen years, retired. To mark the occasion he and his wife entertained more than thirty friends and colleagues to supper at the Uplands Hotel, Crook, after a busy day of farewells to his customers, a great many of whom called to express their good wishes to him. The formal part of the proceedings was introduced by Mr. S. Bainbridge, Mr. Bennett's second-in-command for several years. Mr. A. D. Scotson, Manager at Willington, then spoke in the warmest terms of his own association with Mr. Bennett and of the happy atmosphere at Crook branch.On behalf of the subscribers he concluded by presenting a cheque which is to be used for the purchase of some new golf clubs. In his reply, Mr. Bennett affirmed his intention of devoting more time to his golf and also to his other neglected interest, fishing. A bouquet was presented to Mrs. Bennett by Miss Kathleen Longstaff, after which the proceedings took on a party atmosphere. Mr. Bennett entered the North Eastern Banking Company in 1914 at North Shields. After service at Rothbury he joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, returning home, to Crook, in 1919. He subsequently served at Middlesbrough, Stokesley, Loftus and Linthorpe Road, and in 1936 he received his first appointment, as Manager at Willington. He was appointed Manager at Crook in 1944.

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1908 to 1914  Mr S Surtees joined the bank here MBM-Su52P53.jpg

1916 Mr N H Alderson joined the bank here MBM-Su60P54.jpg

1918 to 1919 Mr H Stitt MBM-Wi48P11.jpg

1925 Mr R L Bilton joined the bank here MBM-Au68P55.jpg

1930 to 1937 Mr F Wallace Manager MBM-Su49P19.jpg

1944 to 1958 Mr G H Bennett Manager MBM-Wi58P50.jpg

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Mr S Surtees

Joined the Bank Here

1908 to 1914

Mr N H Alderson

Joined the Bank Here


Mr H Stitt

On the Staff

1918 to 1919

Mr R L Bilton

Joined the Bank Here


Mr F Wallace


1930 to 1937

Mr G H Bennett


1944 to 1958

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1960 to 1966 Mr W Goudie Manager MBM-Su66P05.jpg

1966 Mr B Kirtley Manager MBM-Su66P05.jpg

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Mr W Goudie


1958 to 1966

Mr B Kirtley


1966 onwards





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Index Number and District:






11-17-30 Crook

Full Branch

67 Hope Street Crook County Durham

319 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Crook 2718

Nightsafe Installed

Mr B Kirtley Manager

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20 April 1897

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

31 December 1971


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-24-41 Crook 67 Hope Street


Public House