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North Eastern Banking Company

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Shotley Bridge is one of many branches of the North Eastern Banking Company, that find their way into the possession of Martins Bank from the 1914 amalgamation of the NEBC with the Bank of Liverpool. Martins includes Shotley Bridge in its mid sixties programme of branch upgrades, and the office doubles in size.  Barclays takes over in 1969, and the branch continues to operate for another thirty years, closing its doors for the final time in the year 2000.  For our feature, we go back to 1954 when Martins Bank Magazine makes a short visit to Shotley Bridge which at this point is still a sub branch run by a Clerk in Charge.  Then in the absence of any images of Shotley Bridge’s interior BEFORE the revamp, we have some “after” views for you…

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1967 Shotley Bridge Exterior 1 CU BGA Ref 33-501

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1967 Shotley Bridge Exterior 4 CU BGA Ref 33-501

1960 s Shotley Bridge Exterior 1 CU BGA Ref 30-2638 

Images © Barclays Ref 30-2638 and 33-501

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Left, and above: Shotley Bridge Branch undergoes an expansion in the mid 1960s

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1954 Shotley Bridge Staff MBM-Wi54P37.jpgWe passed a sign on entering Shotley Bridge which indicated that the place must have been a spa, as indeed it was long ago.  We went down to see the healing waters which still rise in the old well, but we did not sample them as we have no great liking for anything smelling or tasting of rotten eggs. Shotley Bridge was once famous for its sword making industry, introduced by the Germans who settled there a couple of centuries ago.  But to-day all that is just a memory and Shotley Bridge is largely rural.

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Our Manager, Mr T Hopper entered the Bank in 1916 and served at Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Byker, Tow Law, Crook and at Grey Street, Newcastle before becoming Clerk in Charge at Shotley Bridge in 1937.  He was made Manager ten years later. Mr. Hopper was one of the founders of the North-Eastern Players and is still actively interested in amateur dramatics.  At Shotley Bridge, Mr. S. L. Nicholson is Clerk in Charge, an appointment he has held since 1947. His previous service covered Lanchester, Annfield Plain, North­umberland Street and North-Eastern District Office. His war service was a little unusual, the latter part of it being spent in charge of prisoner-of-war cages. B. Swan is there to assist him—a young man about to do his National Service, with R.A.F. aspirations.

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More space in which to work…

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1960 s Shotley Bridge Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-2638

1960 s Shotley Bridge Interior 3 BGA Ref 30-2638

Images © Barclays Ref 30-2638

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1924 to 1928 Mr J W Chapman Manager MBM-Sp54P52.jpg

1928 to 1932 Mr J H Ritson Manager MBM-Wi54P48.jpg

1932 to 1947 Mr Andrew Smith Manager MBM-Sp47P33.jpg

1946 to 1959 CIC then 1965 Mr S L Nicholson Manager MBM-Sp65P60.jpg

1952 to 1953 Mr G W Hunter joined the bank here MBM-Au65P05.jpg

1953 to 1954 Mr P Hide joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P05.jpg

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Mr J W Chapman


1924 to 1928

Mr J H Ritson


1928 to 1932

Mr Andrew Smith


1932 to 1947

Mr S L Nicholson

Clerk in Charge 1947-59

Manager 1959 to 1965

Mr G W Hunter

Joined the Bank here

1952 to 1953

Mr P Hide

Joined the Bank Here

1953 to 1954

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1954 to 1955 Mr B Swan MBM-Wi65P06.jpg

1958 to 1960 Mr M Cushing joined the bank here MBM-Wi67P05.jpg

1965 to 1969 Mr W Maddison Manager MBM-Sp65P05.jpg

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Mr B Swan

Branch Second

1954 to 1955

Mr M Cushing

Joined the Bank Here

1958 to 1960

Mr W Maddison


1965 to 1969



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Index Number and District:






11-78-70 Shotley Bridge

Full Branch

47 Front Street Shotley Bridge Consett County Durham

356 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Consett 2034

Night Safe

Mr W Maddison Manager

Sub Branches

11-83-01 BLACKHILL

10 December 1883

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 April 2000


North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-77-79 Shotley Bridge


Jeweller’s Shop

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