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North Eastern Banking Company

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The North Eastern Banking Company provides Martins Bank’s Branch at Whitley Bay which opens in 1912 and comes to from the 1914 merger with the Bank of Liverpool.  In 1925, the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, opens a sub-branch to Whitley Bay, at Monkseaton. The majority of Martins’ North-Eastern branches were once part of the NEBC, and the North East is by far the largest district of Martins Bank with some 182 branches and sub branches open at one time or other between 1914 and 1969.  When Barclays comes to call, it is definitely in the monority in the North East of England, where it is said - that here at least - Martins takes over Barclays!

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3195

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1969 01 MBM.jpgA warning to all

rubber-plant owners


Five - year - old Vaunda MacKay, daughter of our Whitley Bay branch manager, Mr A. W. S. MacKay, poses beside a giant rubber plant which has reached the branch ceiling. Seven years ago the twelve-inch-high plant was a Mother's Day gift to Mrs MacKay, but within three years it had outgrown their home and Mr MacKay was persuaded to move it to the branch. Now that the office ceiling has stopped the upward growth of the twelve-foot main stem the plant is retaliating with vigorous side-shoots…

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1960 s Whitley Bay Interior 5 BGA Ref 30-3195

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3195

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1948 01 MBM.jpg1932 to 1947 Mr S Harvey Manager MBM-Sp48P09.jpgThe retirement took place at the end of the year of Mr. Septimus Harvey, Manager of Whitley Bay branch. To mark the occasion a party was held at the branch and in addition to many colleagues the wives of the senior members   of  the   Staff  and   some   of the customers were present. The presentation of a radio receiver was made by Mr. C. V. H. Vincent on behalf of the subscribers and there was a special gift of a case of pastry forks to Mrs. Harvey.  Mr. J. S. Moore presided and paid a graceful tribute to Mr. Harvey's never-failing kindness and to Mrs. Harvey's constant support and inspiration. Mr. T. C. Futers, the senior client present, Mr. A. E. Blaylock and Mr. H. C. Temple added their tributes to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey. Mr. Harvey entered the service at Ellison Street branch, Jarrow, in 1904, becoming a cashier in 1910. After serving at Newcastle and Seaham Harbour on the relief staff he joined H. M. Forces in 1915, serving until 1919, when he returned to Newcastle. He became Manager at Chester Road, Sunderland in 1923 ; at Benwell in 1928 ; and at Whitley Bay in 1932.

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1960 s Whitley Bay Interior 3 BGA Ref 30-3195

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1913 to 1918 Mr R K McConway Manager MBM-Au46P23.jpg

1932 to 1947 Mr S Harvey Manager MBM-Sp48P09.jpg

1940 to 1941 Mr D J Rutter joined the bank here MBM-Au61P40.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr W McCullagh Manager MBM-Wi65P02

1939 to 1942 Mr JM Dobson joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P07

1948 to 1949 Mr A E Blaylock Manager MBM-Sp61P56.jpg

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Mr R K McConway


1913 to 1918

Mr S Harvey


1932 to 1947

Mr D J Rutter

Joined the bank here

1940 to 1941

Mr W McCullagh

On the Staff

1946 to 1946

Mr J M Dobson

On the Staff


Mr A E Blaylock


1948 to 1949

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1957 to 1964 Mr E H Jackson Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1961 to 1963 Mr M S Blaylock MBM-Su65P08.jpg

1964 AWS Mackay Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1964 to 1966 Mr R Thompson Limited Authority MBM-Wi66P03

1966 to 1967 Mr B Grogan Limited Authority MBM-Wi67P01

BW Logo

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Mr E H Jackson


1957 to 1964

Mr M S Blaylock

On the staff

1961 to 1963

Mr A W S Mackay


1964 onwards

Mr R Thompson

Limited Authority

1964 to 1966

Mr B Grogan

Limited Authority

1966 to 1967


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Index Number and District:






11-37-90 Whitley Bay

Full Branch

86/88 Park View Whitley Bay Northumberland

369 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Whitley Bay 22356/7

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A W S Mackay Manager

Sub Branches



7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-95-97 Whitley Bay Park View


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