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Martins Bank 1928+

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Having already acquired a number of Branches in the Stockton on Tees area through the 1914 amalgamation of the North Eastern Banking Company and the Bank of Liverpool, Martins Bank opens a new Branch at Hardwicke Terrace, Norton Road at the end of June 1928.  This is just six months after the creation of the modern day Martins Bank, and follows a pattern of opening a number of new offices around the Country at that time, designed to fill gaps and give an even representation of the new Business.  For our feature we go back to 1964, and the retirement of Mr R Wilson, whose forty-two year careerwith the Bank includes twelve years as Manager at Norton Road. Our guide to the retirement party is, as usual, Martins Bank Magazine…

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1964 04 MBM.jpgmr wilson retired at the end of October after twelve years' management of Norton Road branch, Stockton-on-Tees. His career, which began at Middlesbrough branch in 1922, took him to York Road, King Street, and the visiting inspection staff prior to his appointment as Pro Manager at Stockton-on-Tees branch in 1950. Two years later be became Manager at Norton Road. At Mr Wilson's invitation a party of 40 past and present colleagues met at the Vane Arms Hotel to mark the occasion and to enjoy his and Mrs Wilson's hospitality.

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1952 to 1964 Mr R Wilson Manager MBM-Wi64P58.jpgDuring the evening Mr K. G. Dixon, the second-in-command, spoke very sincerely of the happy association between Mr Wilson and his staff before asking Mr W. Weatherill (North Eastern District General Manager) to make the presentation of a camera. Mr Weatherill, speaking quite informally as a former colleague and friend of many years, paid tribute to Mr Wilson's quiet but effective manner which had proved itself in the growth of the branch during his management.

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Following the presentation Mrs Nicholls handed a bou­quet to Mrs Wilson. After thanking his colleagues for their gifts Mr Wilson expressed his gratitude to those who, over the years, had helped to make his service in the Bank so happy and memorable. He wished the Bank a pros­perous future—not entirely for selfish reasons, he added—and asked everyone to join him in a toast to the Bank. Formalities over, the remainder of the evening passed in renewing old friendships.

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1928 to 1932 Mr J F Carter MBM-Sp62P53.jpg

1934 to 1944 Mr N H Alderson Pro Manager MBM-Su60P54.jpg

1946 to 1949 Mr J Ellis Clerk in Charge MBM-Au62P53.jpg

1949 to 1952 Mr J Harbit Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

1952 to 1964 Mr R Wilson Manager MBM-Wi64P58.jpg

1964 Mr HW Warwick Manager MBM-Wi64P06.jpg

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Mr J F Carter

On the Staff

1928 to 1932

Mr N H Alderson

Pro Manager

1934 to 1944

Mr J Ellis

Clerk in Charge

1946 to 1949

Mr J Harbit

Clerk in Charge

1949 to 1952

Mr R Wilson


1952 to 1964

Mr H W Warwick


1964 onwards

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1966 to 1967 Mr G N Burrows MBM-Au67P07.jpg

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Mr G N Burrows

On the Staff

1966 to 1967









Index Number and District:






11-48-60 Stockton on Tees Norton Road

Full Branch

Hardwick Terace 2 Norton Road Stockton on Tees County Durham

389 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Stockton 66631

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W H W Warwick LL.B Manager

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Sub Branches


30 June 1928

15 December 1969




Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-82-20 Stockton on Tees Norton Road


Licenced Restaurant

Possibly Empty

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