Martins Bank 1928+

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In July 1966, Martins Bank moves its Newbiggin by the Sea Branch over the road from 67 Front Street to newer premises at 86 Front Street. As we shall see below, the new premises come in for praise from an unexpected quarter.

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collection

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In Service: 25 July 1966 until 29 October 1999

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1970



By all accounts, as a village Newbiggin-by-the-Sea doesn’t really appear to have much going for it.  At least that is the opinion of a local newspaper columnist. However, his views are changed, somewhat surprisingly it would seem, by the addition of a new look branch of Martins Bank…

A “yank” -  from a bank?


1969 01Newcastle Evening Chronicle’s columnist, Eldon, has been suggesting, as he puts it, ‘pat on the back’ awards for new buildings that give the North East a face lift.  One candidate for such an award is our new premises at Newbiggin-by-the-sea.  ‘A miserable, depressing little village, the new bank really yanks it back to life’, reads the commendation!

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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-29-00 Newbiggin By The Sea               

Sub to 11-29-00 Ashington

86 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

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Newbiggin-by-the-Sea 67 Front St

25 July 1966

15 December 1969

29 October 1999

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-02-68 Ashington


Newbiggin on Lune

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