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The North Eastern Banking Company opens a branch in Felling in 1895.  Following the amalgamation of the NEBC with the Bank of Liverpool, the subsequent change to the Bank of Liverpool and Martins and finally to Martins Bank Limited, Felling Branch itself lasts 71 years at GOSFORTH STREET before Martins Bank moves the business to a new office in Morley terrace.   Martins Bank Magazine visits the old branch in 1964, but in later editions makes no mention of the new one.  When Morley Terrace opens, Mr M O Binns is Clerk In Charge, but a year later the branch is made autonomous, and he is promoted to Manager.  Both felling branches have seen periods of being both sub and full Branches.

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In Service: 1966 until 27 May 1994

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1966 Felling Morley Terrace Ecterior BGA Ref 30.982.jpg

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0982

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Images © Barclays Ref 0030-0982

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The new branch is fitted out to the new modern standards that become commonplace in Martins in the mid 1960s.  Darkness, both in terms of lighting and furnishing is out, and light airy conditions are applied wherever possible.  Note the Martins Coat of Arms on the external image above, its days are already numbered, as the Liver Bird is dropped from Martins’ branding at the beginning of 1968.  Despite “The Eagle and the Grasshopper – a Fable” (see BEGINNING OF THE END) giving the impression of a “marriage” between the emblems of two banks, the days of the grasshopper are also going to be short-lived.

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Miss J Allom

On the Staff

1966 onwards

Mr M O Binns

Clerk in Charge 1966-7

Manager 1967 to 1969

Mr R B Cox


1969 onwards




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11-32-80 Felling

Full Branch

1/2 Morley Terrace Felling Gateshead County Durham

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Felling 692352

Nightsafe Installed

Mr M O Binns Manager


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Felling Gosforth Street


15 December 1969

 27 May 1994

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-31-32 Felling



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