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North Eastern Banking Company

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We don’t want to sound rude, but – WHAT? WHERE? and WHY?  This has to be the oddest looking of Martins Bank’s Branch buildings, and the fact that you need to take a second look to try and understand it all is very apt indeed, for today this building is an Opticians’ Shop!  This branch at Hetton-le-Hole (perhaps that is “le Hole” to the left of the picture?) opens in 1891, and survives the mergers that will lead it eventually into Barclays’ possession.  For our feature, we drop in on the retirement of the Branch Manager, Mr Ellis, who hangs up his bank tie for the last time at the end of June 1962.  As always, Martins Bank Magazine is there to describe the festivities…

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In Service: 1891 until December 1976

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1955 Hetton le Hole Exterior BGA Ref 30-1296

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1296

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1962 03 MBM.jpg1946 to 1962 Mr J Ellis Manager MBM-Au62P53.jpgAt the end of June, Mr. J. Ellis, Manager at Hetton-le-Hole branch since 1949, retired on grounds of health. Unfortunately, he was not sufficiently well to leave his home to attend any form of presentation. In these circumstances, therefore, his closest con­temporary during the past decade—Mr. E. Blythe (Manager, Houghton-le-Spring), accompanied by his wife, visited Mr. Ellis at his new home at Crawleyside on Sunday, July 1st., to make the presentation on behalf of his friends and colleagues of a cheque. Mrs. Blythe presented a bouquet to Mrs. Ellis and the occasion was marked by a small family gathering. Mr. Ellis intends to put the cheque towards the purchase of a greenhouse. Mr. Ellis entered the Bank in 1920 at Middles­brough, and subsequently served at Stokesley, Linthorpe Road, on the North Eastern District General Manager's staff and at Stockton-on-Tees. His first appointment was as Clerk-in-Charge at Norton Road in 1946 and he became Manager at Hetton-le-Hole three years later.

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1903 to 1906 Mr F Wallace joined the bank here MBM-Su49P19.jpg

1913 Mr G R Tarn MBM-Au46P06.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr CH Bramwell joined the bank here MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

1946 to 1962 Mr J Ellis Manager MBM-Au62P53.jpg

1948 to 1949 Mr E Summerbell MBM-Wi65P04.jpg

1948 to 1950 Mr D E Lowery joined the bank here MBM-Su68P23.jpg

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Mr F Wallace

Joined the Bank Here

1903 to 1906

Mr G R Tarn

On the Staff


Mr C H Bramwell

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1939

Mr J Ellis


1946 to 1962

Mr E Summerbell

On the Staff

1948 to 1949

Mr D E Lowery

Joined the Bank Here

1948 to 1950

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1949 to 1950 Mr R W Rand joined the bank here MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1952 to 1952 Mr V G Smith joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P07.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr J W Bellerby Clerk in Charge MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr GW Hunter pro Mgr then Mgr from 1967 MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

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Mr R W Rand

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1950

Mr V G Smith

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1952

Mr J W Bellerby

Clerk in Charge

1962 to 1965

Mr G W Hunter

Clerk in charge 1965-67

Manager 1967 onwards



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Index Number and District:






11-58-40 Hetton Le Hole

Full Branch 

23 Front Street Hetton le Hole  County Durham

334 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Hetton-le-H 2223

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G W Hunter Manager

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7 August 1914

18 December 1918

15 December 1969

December 1976

Opened by North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-40-06 Hetton le Hole 23 Front St




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