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North Eastern Banking Company

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The North Eastern Banking Company opens a branch at Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne at the beginning of December 1882.  Sadly, there are currently no external views of the building available, but there are two internal shots in the photos left to Barclays by Martins Bank.  Under Martins, Westgate operates as a full branch, and survives the merger with Barclays by nine years, closing its doors for the final time on 26 May 1978, after almost ninety-six yers’ service as a bank.  There are no visits to Westgate by Martins Bank Magazine, but we do have the following retirement feature for Manager Mr Richley from 1965…

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In Service: 1 December 1882 until 26 May 1978

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030/2019

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1965 02 MBM.jpgon the evening of March 31st, Mr Richley, Manager of Westgate branch, and his wife entertained present and former colleagues at the County Hotel, Newcastle. District Office were represented by Mr K. O. Wells, Mr M. A. Charlton and Mr F. Thompson, Mr Weatherill having previously invited Mr Richley to lunch at Grey Street. Mr Brian Smith outlined Mr Richley's career from his entry into the Bank at Jarrow in 1921 until, by way of various branches in the North East and four years' war service, he was appointed Manager of Westgate branch in 1961. Mr Smith spoke of the high regard in which Mr Richley was held by both customers and staff, an example of this being the number of calls from customers enquiring about him during his recent illness.

Image: © Barclays Ref 0030/2019

On behalf of subscribers, he presented Mr Richley with a tape recorder, and Mrs Richley was presented with a handbag by Miss Dodd. In reply, Mr Richley thanked everyone for their generosity and entertained the company with reminiscences of his early days in the Bank. He regretted leaving at the present time, because, after enduring six months of alterations at Westgate, he had only been able to enjoy the amenities of his new office for two weeks. He concluded by saying that at long last he would be relieved from safeguarding Bank keys, a large bunch or which he promptly handed to his successor.


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11905 Mr R S Clark joined the bank here MBM-Sp50P10.jpg

1908 to 1914 Mr H Cook joined the bank here MBM-Sp50P12.jpg

1917 Mr M Conacher MBM-Au46P05.jpg

1920 to 1925 Mr J Shotton joined the bank here MBM-Sp66P54.jpg

1923 Mr N N Jobling joined the bank here MBM-Sp50P19.jpg

1932 to 1943 Mr J H Ritson Manager MBM-Wi54P48.jpg

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Mr R S Clark

Joined the Bank here


Mr H Cook

Joined the Bank Here

1908 to 1914

Mr Mungo Conacher

On the Staff


Mr J Shotton

Joined the Bank Here

1920 to 1925

Mr N N Jobling

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J H Ritson


1932 to 1943

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1946 to 1961 Mr T A Wedderburn Manager MBM-Wi61P51.jpg

1961 to 1965 Mr J Richley Manager MBM-Su65P52.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr T D Muitt Manager MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1967 Mr B Swan Manager MBM-Wi67P03.jpg

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Mr T A Wedderburn


1946 to 1961

Mr J Richley


1961 to 1965

Mr T D Muitt


1965 to 1967

Mr B Swan


1967 onwards



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Index Number and District:






11-29-90 Newcastle Upon Tyne Westgate

Full Branch

305 Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6AJ

367 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 22890

Nightsafe Installed

Mr B Swan Manager

Newcastle Walker Boys Club

1 December 1882

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

26 May 1978

Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-94 Newcastle upon Tyne Westgate


Newcastle Wingrove (Temp)

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