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North Eastern Banking Company

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At one of the most prolific growth points in its history, the North Eastern Bank opens a spate of Branches between 1895 and 1900.  In 1897 alone, new full Branches are opened at Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Durham, and sub-Branches at Willington and Crook.  As part of Martins Bank, Willington is a full Branch right up to the merger with Barclays, and its doors remain open for a total of one hundred and three years.  We have only one article recorded from Martins Bank Magazine for this Branch. It concerns the retirement after thirty-five years with the Bank, of Mr Harold Jackson, who unfortunately is forced through ill health to leave the service of the Bank early.


1960 s Willington Exterior 1 BGA Ref 30-3218

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3218

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By today’s standards, the service already under his belt would be an amazing achievement, but these are the days when even forty-seven years is nothing unusual.  There are many other examples elsewhere in the archive of Managers taking early retirement for reasons of ill-health.  The irony is that many of these staff are sent into oblivion with leaving gifts of ashtrays, and other smoking related paraphernalia. Staff records show that Mr Jackson survived for just a few more years, and died on 2 April 1952…

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1949 04 MBM.jpg1949 Mr H Jackson Manager MBM-Wi49P10.jpgWe are very sorry to have to record the retirement on account of ill-health of Mr. H. Jackson, formerly Manager of Willington Branch. Mr. Jackson entered the service in 1914 at Benwell, and was transferred to Newcastle in 1915. From 1916 to 1919 he served with H.M. Forces and upon demobilisation went to Durham. In 1925 he was transferred to Chester-le-Street, returning to Durham in 1932.  In 1936 he was transferred to Houghton-le-Spring and six years later to the Newcastle District General Manager's Staff. In 1943 he went to Sedgefield and his appointment as Manager of Willington Branch took place the following year. Continued ill-health dogged him and last year he was relieved of the responsibilities of management at his own request. He retired at the end of July, having been on sick leave since May 1948. We would like to send him our good wishes for happier days and a speedy return to good health.

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1920 Mr J W Raine joined the bank here MBM-Au64P56.jpg

1923 Mr F W Burdon Joined hereMBM-Sp50P33.jpg

1930 to 1933 Mr S Surtees Manager MBM-Su52P53.jpg

1936 to 1944 Mr G H Bennett Manager MBM-Wi58P50.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr R Russell joined the bank here MBM-Au65P04.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr CH Bramwell MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

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Mr J W Raine

Joined the Bank Here


Mr F W Burdon

Joined the Bank Here


Mr S Surtees


1930 to 1933

Mr G H Bennett


1936 to 1944

Mr R Russell

Joined the Bank Here

1937 to 1939

Mr C H Bramwell

On the Staff

1939 to 1940

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1941 to 1943 Mr C Johnston joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P07.jpg

1944 to 1949 Mr H Jackson Manager MBM-Wi49P10.jpg

1949 to 1952 Mr L Walker Manager MBM-Su62P54.jpg

1952 to 1964 Mr AD Scotson Manager MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1962 to 1966 Mr R Morton MBM-Au66P03.jpg

1964 Mr R Hunter Manager  MBM-Su64P04.jpg

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Mr C Johnston

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1943

Mr H Jackson


1944 to 1949

Mr L Walker


1949 to 1952

Mr A D Scotson


1952 to 1964

Mr R Morton

On the Staff

1962 to 1966

Mr R Hunter


1964 onwards

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Index Number and District:






11-46-90 Willington

Full Branch

65 High Street Willington Crook County Durham

374 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Willington 210

Nightsafe Installed

R Hunter Manager

1 december 1896

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 April 2000


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-96-67 Willington


Willington Community Action


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