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Durham Branch is opened in 1897, by the North Eastern Banking Company. Along with its sub-Branch at Langley Park, Durham becomes a Branch of the Bank of Liverpool in 1914.  Later, under the Martins name, two further sub-Branches are added – in 1965 at Durham University, and in 1967 at Carrville. 

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1962 Durham Manager’s Room MBM-Su62P33.jpg

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Like many of the Bank’s older Branches, Durham is internally reconstructed in the early 1960s.   This picture (above) features in Martins Bank Magazine along with a gallery of colour images from other Branches, under the general title of “design in banking”.  We can only feel sorry for the confused customer who, upon entry to the newly decorated Manager’s room, finds such a riot of mis-match - a complete assault upon the senses!  Knowing what we know today of the inefficiency of electric bar fires, it’s easy to imagine an overheated Manager with a scorched desk interviewing a freezing customer who is forced to sit next to those nightmarish curtains by a cold window.  At least the rest of the Branch interior is easier on the eye, as can be seen in this lovely colour publicity image which appears in Martins Bank’s Annual Report and Accounts for 1961, accompanied by the following rather short description:

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“The interior of the old established Branch at Durham has been completely re-planned and extended”.


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BGA Ref 30-860 Durham Exterior

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0860

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BGA Ref 30-860 Durham Interior 1.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 30/860


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1919 to 1925 Mr H Jackson MBM-Wi49P10.jpg

1920 Mr H Smurthwaite joined the bank here MBM-Su64P56.jpg

1920 to 1921 Mr J A Charlton MBM-Wi57P48.jpg

1922 to 1927 Mr H Duncan MBM-Au61P52.jpg

1927 to 1938 Mr J W Johnson MBM-Sp65P58.jpg

1929 to 1937 Mr W Wastell Manager MBM-Sp50P12.jpg

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Mr H Jackson

On the Staff

1919 to 1925

Mr H Smurthwaite

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J A Charlton

On the Staff

1920 to 1921

Mr H Duncan

On the Staff

1922 to 1927

Mr J W Johnson

On the Staff

1927 to 1938

Mr W Wastell


1929 to 1937

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1937 to 1949 Mr F Wallace Manager MBM-Su49P19.jpg

1938 to 1938 Mr W D Longfield joined the bank here MBM-Sp66P08.jpg

1941 to 1948 Mr W H Armstrong joined here then pro manager between 1958 and 1964 MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

1949 to 1967 Mr H C Pearson Manager MBM-Wi67P51.jpg

1950 to 1951 Mr J D Whittaker joined the bank here MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

1954 to 1956 Mr R Harrison MBM-Au64P04.jpg

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Mr F Wallace


1937 to 1949

Mr W D Longfield

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W H Armstrong

Joined here 1941 to 1948

Pro Manager 1958 to 1964

Mr H C Pearson


1949 to 1967

Mr J D Whittaker

Joined the Bank Here

1950 to 1951

Mr R Harrison

On the Staff

1954 to 1956

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1957 to 1958 Mr G Proud Pro Manager MBM-Wi64P07.jpg

1964 to 1965 Mr J Rundle pro Manager MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr K Davison pro Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1967 Mr J Milner Manager MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

1967 to 1968 Mr M Johnson pro Manager MBM-Su67P06.jpg

1968 Mr JL Williams pro Manager MBM-Su68P13.jpg

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Mr G Proud

Pro Manager

1957 to 1958

Mr J Rundle

Pro Manager

1964 to 1965

Mr K Davison

Pro Manager

1965 to 1967

Mr J Milner


1967 onwards

Mr M Johnson

Pro Manager

1967 to 1968

Mr J L Williams

Pro Manager

1968 onwards


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Index Number and District:






11-45-30 Durham

Full Branch

9 Market Place Durham

322 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Durham 5491/2

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J Milner Manager

11-45-30 CARRVILLE




ca 1897

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

12 December 1969


North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to Barclays Durham 6 market Place