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All Change…

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Haltwhistle Branch comes to Martins Bank through the amalgamation of the North Eastern Banking Company and the Bank of Liverpool in 1914. The Branch Network Section of our online archive features some of the best available images of Martins Bank branches, as they were, in full glory and representative of their time.  By the 1960s  Martins’ own branded image was particularly familiar and distinct, so it came as a shock to some when the time came for Barclays to put their name over the door –Nowhere more so than the North and North-East of England, where Martins dominated cities towns and villages alike. We have therefore broken with to you how this typical small town branch looks not too long after undergoing the transformation from Martins to Barclays.  The branch interior is soon converted to the Barclays “look”, and we are still some years off from the more recognisable “1975 Tills” which will become a fixture in every Branch of Barclays. Bandit screens are a sign of the times, and the days of the friendly open counters are gone, thanks to the increase in armed raids on Britain’s Bank branches.  For our Haltwhistle feature, we say goodbye to Mr Keenlyside, who after a career of forty-four years, the last fourteen of those as Manager at Haltwhistle, hangs up his Bank tie for the last time at the end of April 1959. As ever, Martins Bank Magazine is there to cover the event…

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The occasion of the retirement at the end of April of Mr. A. W. Keenlyside, after 44 years' service, was marked by a gathering at his home which was attended by the members of his staff at Haltwhistle.

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In Service: Pre 1914 until present day

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On the outside: Barclays Haltwhistle is open for business

Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/1167

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On the Inside: a few changes to the existing counter and décor…

Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/1167

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1945 to 1959 Mr A W Keenlyside Manager MBM-Su59P54.jpgMr. F. Kirkland, second-in-command, presented Mr. Keenlyside with a table lighter and Miss O. Foster gave Mrs. Keenlyside a bouquet. Mr. Keenlyside entered the service in 1915 at Hexham.  He served with H.M. Forces from 1917—1919, afterwards returning to Hexham. In 1933 he joined the North Eastern D.G.M. staff, and the following year went to Gateshead. He was transferred to Haltwhistle in 1940 and was appointed Manager there in 1945. He is well-known in the Haltwhistle district and has taken an active interest in many organisations there. His main activity now is centred on the Westgate Methodist Church, and particularly the choir.

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1910 Mr S H Futers joined the bank here MBM-Wi54P49.jpg

1913 Mr S Shaw joined the bank here MBM-Au56P50.jpg

1932 to 1934 Mr Luke Wanless Manager MBM-Au57P56.jpg

1934 to 1936 Mr G H Bell Manager MBM-Wi49P12.jpg

1945 to 1959 Mr A W Keenlyside Manager MBM-Su59P54.jpg

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Mr S H Futers

Joined the Bank Here


Mr S Shaw

Joined the Bank Here


Mr Luke Wanless


1932 to 1934

Mr C Askew

Joined the Bank Here

1933 to 1935

Mr G H Bell


1934 to 1936

Mr A W Keenlyside


1946 to 1959

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1959 to 1968 Mr E D Teasdale Manager MBM-Wi68P09.jpg

1968 Mr WM Kidd Manager MBM-Wi68P08.jpg

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Mr E D Teasdale


1959 to 1968

Mr W M Kidd


1968 onwards





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Index Number and District:






11-28-40 Haltwhistle

Full Branch

Westgate Haltwhistle  Northumberland

332 North Eastern

Mon Tue Thu and Fri 1000-1500 Wed 1000-1300

Saturday 0900-1130

Haltwhistle 365

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W M Kidd Manager

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Halifax 16 Silver Street

Pre 1914

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


The North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-35-86 Haltwhistle



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