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Martins Bank 1928+

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Gas gets on with it…

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Famed for its futuristic and unusual architecture, the Northern Gas development is a major part of Killingworth, an industrial township in Newcastle upon Tyne.  With its high concentration of industry and huge number of waged and salaried workers, the NORGAS site is seen as the ideal spot for Martins to open a branch, which it does in 1965.  More of a table top in a corridor really, Killingworth NORGAS is a sub branch under the direct control of Newcastle upon Tyne City Office. 

In Service: 1965 to 28 December 1995

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1489


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The NORGAS sub-Branch has special – somewhat complicated -  opening arrangements, and these are listed in Martins Bank’s 1968 “Green Book” branch directory as: 


“Monday and Thursday 10.00 to 12.00 and 25th monthly

(or previous Friday if this date falls on a Saturday or a Sunday)

10.00 to 12.00 for the exclusive use of employees of the Northern Gas Board”.

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(We imagine all this would have been extremely difficult to fit on a normal opening hours sign!)   The Killingworth NORGAS sub-Branch is taken over by Barclays in 1969, and remains open until the end of 1995.  Martins opens another sub-Branch is in the Stephenson Industrial Area of Killingworth in 1967, and whilst this too makes it through the merger with Barclays, it is scrapped in 1975.

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Index Number and District:






11-00-70 Newcastle Upon Tyne Killingworth Norgas

Sub to 11-00-70 Newcastle Upon Tyne  City Office

Norgas House Killingworth Newcastle 12

347 North Eastern

Mon and Thu 1000-1200

and the nearest Working Day to 25 Monthly 1000-1200

Newcastle 663322 x262

Counter Service Only

Mr J Harbit Manager (Newcastle City Office)


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Newcastle Killingworth


15 December 1969

28 December 1995

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-68 Newcastle upon Tyne Grey Street

Closed permanently

Newcastle Longbenton

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