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North Eastern Banking Company

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When in 1890, the Carlisle and Cumberland Bank enjoys something of a growth spurt,  it is also able to pay out very good dividends to its shareholders.  Extension and modernisation of its branches follows, as does an invitation to open a branch at Tow Law in County Durham.  Surprisingly however, the Board of the Carlisle and Cumberland turns down this invitation, leaving the field open for other banks, and in 1891 a branch is opened at Tow Law by the North Eastern Banking Company.   Situated halfway up a hill and looking like it is stuck to the front of a large detached house, Martins Bank’s Branch at Tow Law has a long life, having made it through the Barclays merger, and lasting until the year 2000. 

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1960 s Tow Law Exterior BGA Ref 30-2965

Images © Barclays Ref 0030/2965

It also manages to remain a full branch of the bank until at least the time of the 1969 merger, offering a full six day banking week and nightsafe facilities.

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1919 to 1926 Mr T Blenkinsopp Manager MBM-Sp49P25.jpg

1924 Mr W D Jennings joined the bank here MBM-Su66P55.jpg

1935 to 1949 Mr F D Ayton Manager from 1946 MBM-Wi66P55.jpg

1942 to 1947 Mr DG Settle MBM-Sp65P06.jpg

1952 to 1953 Mr N Davison joined the bank here MBM-Su64P04.jpg

1967 Mr K Davison Manager MBM-Su67P06.jpg

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Mr T Blenkinsopp


1919 to 1926

Mr W D Jennings

Joined the Bank Here


Mr F D Ayton


1935 to 1949

Mr D G Settle

On the Staff

1942 to 1947

Mr N Davison

Joined the Bank Here

1952 to 1953

Mr K Davison


1967 Onwards

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Index Number and District:






11-63-80 Tow Law

Full Branch

43 High Street Tow Law Bishop Auckland County Durham

362 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Tow Law 253

Nightsafe Installed

Mr K Davison Manager


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 20-87-40 Tow Law


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