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North Eastern Banking Company

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A sliced loaf, some ice cream and

a new cheque book, please…

Martins Bank’s presence in Otterburn is down to the amalgamation of the North Eastern Banking Company and the Bank of Liverpool in 1914.  Otterburn survives the merger, but closes soon afterwards -  in 1972 - as opening for just one and a half hours each week does not make economic sense to the new owners.   Even in as much close up as we can manage, this picture reveals little about this “front room” Branch, and there are unfortunately no interior shots available.  It does however give us a brief glimpse into the everyday life of this part of the North East in the 1960s.  It might even be Summer as the ice cream fridge on the right is outdoors!

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In Service: Pre 1914 until 28 December 1972

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-2194

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The Bank is par of a small row of shops, where it would seem that cigarettes are a big “draw” if you will excuse the pun… Otterburn is one of two sub branches to Bellingham, which in this part of the World is pronounced Bellin-jam

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Index Number and District:






11-53-00 Otterburn

Sub to 11-53-00 BELLINGHAM

Otterburn Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland

308 North Eastern

Thursday 1000-1130

No Saturday Service

Hexham 2147

Counter Service Only

Mr C H Bramwell Manager (Bellingham)


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Otley (Yorkshire)

Pre 1914

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

28 December 1972

North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-06-12 Bellingham


Ovenden (Halifax)

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