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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens a branch at St Johnís Chapel in 1927, which becomes the parent branch to the nearby office at Wearhead, opened in 1905 by the North Eastern Banking Company.This handsome little office in the Market Place at St Johnís Chapel remains in service until early into the the new Millennium. Friend of the Archive, Peter Maxwell, contacted us from his home in New Zealand with this short message recalling the time he worked for Martins at St Johnís Chapel:

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The Manager and IÖ

ďThank you for all the trouble that you have taken in bringing all this information about Martins Bank together. Obviously a labour of love Ė well done. I joined Martins Bank 1st January 1968 at WOLSINGHAMbranch Ė a three man office in Weardale in County Durham. After 6 months there I was transferred to St Johnís Chapel Branch, also in Weardale Ė a two man office (the manager and I!) which also had a sub branch at WEARHEAD . We operated at Wearhead on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and St Johnís Chapel at all other timesĒ

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/2526


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1939 to 1946 Mr W B Young MBM-Wi58P52.jpg

1956 to 1961 Mr M W Jaques Manager MBM-Sp69P10.jpg

1961 to 1964 Mr CH Bramwell Manager MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

1964 Mr JR Hall Manager MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

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BW Logo

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Mr W B Young

On the staff

1939 to 1946

Mr M W Jaques


1956 to 1961

Mr C H Bramwell


1961 to 1964

Mr J R Hall


1964 onwards



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Index Number and district:






11-43-70 St John's Chapel

Full Branch

Market Place St John's Chapel Bishop Auckland County Durham

365 North Eastern

Mon to Thu 1300-1500 Fri 1000-1200 and 1300-1500

Saturday 1045-1130

Wearhead 238

Counter Service

Mr J R Hall Manager

Sub Branches

11-43-70 WEARHEAD

3 May 1927

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 April 2000

opened by the Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-74-61 St Johnís Chapel