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In the 1890s, the North Eastern Banking Company is in the middle of a sustained period of growth and opens a number of new branches and sub branches each year. Newcastle Elswick, South Shields Laygate, and Felton, (which by the 1960s is a sub branch to Morpeth), are all completed in 1896. 1960s opening hours suggest a reasonable amount of business is transacted at Martins Bank Felton. Resources will also need to be stretched a little to operate Morpeth Auction Mart sub branch, which opens for a full day on Monday, and a half day on Wednesday.

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Image Barclays Ref 0030/0985

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We were delighted to be contacted by the current owner of the building, who sent us some up to date images, and informs us that whilst a conversion to a dwelling house has been made, this seems largely not to have detracted from the overall appeal of the building. They are very keen to preserve and study the history of this unusual home. Below we compare and contrast the exterior, and (above, left) we see the grand wooden doors to the public area of the bank, which still stand today.

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There have been a few changes since 1969, but Felton Branch looks in remarkably fine shape here in 2011 as it clocks up one hundred and sixteen years of life seventy-seven of them as a bank! Felton survives the merger with Barclays but remains open only until April 1972

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Mr R H Darling

Joined the Bank Here


Mr G T Straughan

Joined the Bank Here









Index Number and District:






11-13-60 Felton

Sub to Morpeth

36 Main Street Felton Morpeth Northumberland

345 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 0930 to 1200

No Saturday Service

Felton 209

No Nightsafe

Mr W Dunn Manager (Morpeth)


1 May 1880


7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

28 April 1972


The first Felton office of the North Eastern Bank is opened

Moved to 36 Main Street

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-58-18 Morpeth Newgate Street


Private Residence