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North Eastern Banking Company

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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 has been open for a total of one hundred and twenty-one years when Barclays shuts the doors forever in 1999.   As the name might suggest Newbiggin by the Sea sub-Branch is situated on the beautiful coastline of Northumberland.

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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 mentioned 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!  In 1969 Martins Bank Magazine carries a short article in which the branch at Newbiggin, newly refurbished, is the subject of praise from an unlikely source…


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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1970




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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Images © Barclays Ref 30/1970

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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

16 December 1878

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

29 October 1999


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-02-68 Ashington


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