I was sure then that the only Banks ever represented were Lloyds, Martins (became Barclays) and TSB in its various guises.
The HSBC archivist has now written to me and confirmed that a full search of branch directories show no evidence of there ever being a branch with the nearest branch always listed in the directories as Fowler St, S Shields.
It was such a pleasure to hear from the Archivist on the very first day when she could access the records, She promised me in mid feb that she would open the archives when allowed. She was as good as her word.
I have sent our thanks.
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