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North Eastern Banking Company

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Martins Bank’s Branch at Amble has a large number of sub branches, and a fairly diverse bunch they are too – RAF ACKLINGTON, WARKWORTH, ACKLINGTON AUCTION MART, and Red Row.  Amble and its dependents come to Martins through the amalgamation in 1914 of the Bank of Liverpool and the North Eastern Banking Company – this is the first and as far as we know the only successful attempt to create a national bank with a headquarters situated OUTSIDE London.  The alternative is something that the North Eastern bank does not want to entertain, as preserving LOCAL banking and the interests of local banks and their customers is deemed of paramount importance.  

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1950 s Red Row Exterior Close Up BGA Ref 30-2415

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2415

Red Row passes into Barclays’ hands in 1969, and continues in service for another twenty-two years…Sep 1.jpg

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Index Number and District:






11-20-00 Red Row                                            

Sub to 11-20-00 Amble

Market Place Red Row Morpeth Northumberland

302 North Eastern

Mon Tue and Fri 1300-1500 

No Saturday Service

Red Row 383

Counter Service Only

Mr J D Surtees Manager (Amble)


7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

31 May 1991


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-02-01 Amble


Private Residence