North Eastern Banking Company

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In this photograph, Martins Bank’s Branch at Lanchester looks a bit like a public convenience, and whilst the branch today is still in Front Street, it has been relocated to No 13. This is another example of a branch of the North Eastern Banking Company to have survived into the twenty-first century. Our feature concerns Mr G Tomlinson, who retires from the Bank in 1947 after being Manager at Lanchester for 27 years – these are the days when banking is certainly a job for life, for those who don’t fall prey to illness as so many of Martins Bank’s Managers do. it says much for Mr Tomlinson’s style of Management that even his customers club together to donate a large sum of money to his retirement…


In Service: 14 March 1895 until Friday 23 October 2015

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1542

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1947 04 MBM.jpgOn September 30th, Mr. and Mrs. Tomlinson were entertained to tea on the occasion of Mr. Tomlinson's retirement from the bank after serving 27 years as Manager of Lanchester branch. At the conclusion of tea, Mr. S. L. Nicholson made the presentation of an initialled fitted toilet case on behalf of past and present members of the staff. A special gift of flowers to Mrs. Tomlinson was presented by Mrs. Jennings, wife of the new manager. A striking tribute to Mr. Tomlinson’s work was paid by the customers of his branch, who organised a fund for a special presentation to him, the sum realised being in the region of £100. Mr. Tomlinson came into the bank in 1908 after five years’ experience in the Tow Law Auction Mart. He served at Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor, West Hartlepool, and Byker before being appointed Manager of Lanchester in 1920. He served during the first World War with the colours from 1917 to 1919.

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Mr S L Nicholson

Joined the Bank Here

1920 to 1929

Mr G Tomlinson


1920 to 1947

Mr W D Jennings


1947 to 1954










Index Number and District:






11-29-51 Lanchester

Full Branch

Front Street Lanchester County Durham

377 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Lanchester 307

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J E Davy Manager

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Lancaster University

14 March 1895

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928


15 December 1969

Friday 23 October 2015

The North Eastern Banking Company Limited

The Bank of Liverpool

The Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Moved to 13 Front Street

Barclays Bank Limited 20-47-62 Lanchester

Closed permanently at 12 Noon

Laneshawbridge (Colne)


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