North Eastern Banking Company

Some of Martins Bank’s branches have reached a great age because they are still open today, but just a few have also managed to clock up well over a hundred years before being closed down. 

One such Branch is Newbiggin by the Sea, which including a move a short distance across the same road in 1966 had been open for a total of one hundred and twenty-one years when Barclays shut the doors forever in 1999.   

As the name might suggest Newbiggin-by-the-Sea sub-Branch is situated on the beautiful coastline of Northumberland. It comes as a refreshing break to the monotony of towns and villages close by that all seem to start with either the letter A or B.

In fact the proliferation of place names at the beginning of the alphabet is described in Martins Bank Magazine’s 1965 feature, “As and Bs in Northumberland”, in which they endeavour to visit as many A or B letter branches as they can in one trip! 

This advertisement (right) is taken out in the local press in 1966 to ask customers to cross the street to newly converted premises.

Throughout the 1960s and right up to the time of the merger with Barclays, Martins Bank converts, and rebuilds a large number of its branches, moving many to new locations. Much of the Bank’s older stock of buildings is simply too small to cope with what was then a major expansion in banking. In the twenty-first century we have a reversal of fortunes, as the infrastructure required to operate a bank no longer includes people and buildings…

In Service: 16 December 1878 until moved 23 July 1966 to 86 Front Street

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-29-00 Newbiggin-by-the-Sea               

Sub to 11-29-00 Ashington

67 Front Street Newbiggin by the Sea Northumberland

304 North East

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0930-1130

Newbiggin-b-sea 430

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G T Straughan Manager

New Mills

16 December 1878

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

23 July 1966

Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to new premises at 86 Front Street

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 86 Front St


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