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North Eastern Banking Company

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Art, design, and imagination…

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1960 s Stockton on Tees Int 1 - BGA Ref 0030-2789

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 “The first steam train left for Stockton on 27 September 1825 – British Rail expect it to arrive sometime tomorrow afternoon”.  The old jokes are not always the best, but the importance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which when built was the longest in the World, is remembered in the design of the counter front at Martins Bank’s Stockton on Tees Branch.   The design features in Martins Bank Magazine in 1966 as one of a number of specially commissioned works placed in new and revamped branches in the 1950s and 60s.  You can read more on our DESIGNING MARTINS page.  Stockton on Tees High Street opens in 1874 and is the first of five branches in the town that open between then and 1967, and be operated under the name of Martins Bank.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2789

Barclays also has a Branch in Stockton High Street, and several sub-Branches in the town, but the Martins High Street Branch remains open until 1990. There are a number of images of Stockton in the Barclays Collection, and these are shown below. Some demonstrate the modernisation of the Branch, which takes place in the mid 1960s.  This includes a new black marble frontage which is seen in the exterior photograph (above). We don’t however have an exterior view of the building from before these changes.

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1960 s Stockton on Tees High Street Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-2789

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2789

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2789

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2789

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Our feature concerns Mr Darling, who is retiring from the branch having been its manager since 1959.  This ends a career which has spanned forty-three years with the bank…

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1966 04 MBM.jpg1959 to 1966 Mr R H Darling Manager MBM-Wi66P56.jpgover 60 past and present members of the staff gathered at the Vane Arms Hotel, Stockton-on-Tees, on September 30 to wish Mr and Mrs Darling well in retirement. Some of the visitors were from London, Bristol and Manchester. Mr W. Weatherill paid tribute to Mr Darling's loyal service and the high regard in which he was held by customers and staff. He then presented an electric hedge trimmer and a cheque, which would be used to buy a bookcase and also garden chairs from which Mr Darling intended to watch his sons trimming the hedge. Miss Margaret Wake presented Mrs Darling with a bouquet. Mr Darling commenced his career in 1923 at Felton branch and, apart from a spell with H.M. Forces, spent his life in the North Eastern District. He had been Accountant at Newcastle City Office, was appointed Manager at Ashington in 1950 and Manager at Stockton-on-Tees in 1959.

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1902 to 1907 Mr H R Barker Joined the service here MBM-Sp47P31.jpg

1913 to 1926  Mr B Raine Cashier MBM-Wi47P10.jpg

1931 to 1935 Mr W R Dixon Manager MBM-Au46P14.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr B Kirtley joined the bank here MBM-Su66P05.jpg

1944 to 1949 Mr G H Bell Manager MBM-Wi49P12.jpg

1946 to 1946 Mr J A Gardner MBM-Sp64P55.jpg

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Mr H R Barker

Joined the Bank Here

1902 to 1907

Mr B Raine

Cashier

1913 to 1926

Mr W R Dixon

Manager

1931 to 1935

Mr B Kirtley

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Mr G H Bell

Manager

1944 to 1949

Mr J A Gardner

On the Staff

1946 to 1946

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1950 to 1952 Mr R Wilson Manager MBM-Wi64P58.jpg

1951 to 1955 Mr A B hindmarsh Manager MBM-Au55P35.jpg

1951 to 1959 Mr W Hunter MBM-Sp65P08.jpg

1954 to 1960 Mr R Russell Pro Manager MBM-Au65P04.jpg

1950s Gordon William Curry A Deacy - MBA

1959 to 1966 Mr R H Darling Manager MBM-Wi66P56.jpg

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Mr R Wilson

Manager

1950 to 1952

Mr A B Hindmarsh

Manager

1952 to 1955

Mr W Hunter

On the Staff

1951 to 1959

Mr R Russell

Pro Manager

1954 to 1960

Mr Gordon W Curry

First Cashier

1957 to 1959

Mr R H Darling

Manager

1959 to 1966

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1961 to 1965 Mr A Cheesebrough Pro Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1962 Miss V S Pickles Staff MBM-Wi62P40.jpg

1963 to 1964 Mr JF Knowles Assistant Manager MBM-Au64P03.jpg

1964 Mr TE Smith Assistant Manager MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1965 Mr TB Todd pro Manager MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1966 Mr WA Hopewell Manager MBM-Wi66P02.jpg

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Mr A Cheesebrough

Pro Manager

1961 to 1965

Miss V S Pickles

On the Staff

1962

Mr J F Knowles

Assistant Manager

1963 to 1965

Mr T E Smith

Assistant Manager

1964 to 1966

Mr T B Todd

Pro Manager

1965

Mr W A Hopewell

Manager

1966 onwards

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1966 to 1968 Mr V G Smith Assistant Manager MBM-Au66P02.jpg

1968 M Johnson Assistant Manager MBM-Su68P22.jpg

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Mr V G Smith

Assistant Manager

1966 to 1968

Mr M Johnson

Assistant Manager

1966 onwards

 

 

 

 

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Manager:

11-28-80 Stockton on Tees

Full Branch

93 High Street Stockton on Tees County Durham

360 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Stockton 65094

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W A Hopewell Manager

Sub Branches

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11-28-80 STOCKTON ON TEES YARM ROAD

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11-28-80 THORNABY ON TEES

1 June 1874

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

12 May 1990

Currently

Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-82-19 Stockton on Tees 93 High St

Closed

Pub and Restaurant

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