North Eastern Banking Company

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The North Eastern Banking Company Branch at Byker opens in November 1899.  We are delighted to be able to dispay this wonderful atmospheric photograph of the Branch from 1962, courtesy of our friends at Ward Philipson Photo Memories. In addition, the Barclays collection does provide a number of internal shots, taken before and after the 1964 revamp of many of the Newcastle City Branches.  These are shown further down this page.  In the 1960s the Branch is used as a training centre for senior staff, complementing the junior courses offered at Northumberland Street Branch.  Byker makes it through the merger with Barclays, but does not survive for very long after that…

In Service:

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Let’s begin at the end…

Images © Martins Bank Archive Collections - Steve Ellwood April 2016

In this part of Newcastle upon Tyne,  so many of the original surrounding buildings and area have been either redeveloped or wiped away by redevelopment, that it is no longer possible to locate the building using its original address – 2 Addison Road Byker.  It is now known only as 145 Shields Road. We were contacted by Steve Ellwood who came across Martins Bank Archive whilst researching the history of Byker Branch. He took the photographs shown above, from which it can be seen that the main façade into Addison Road is now unused, and the end of the building, which is at 145 Shields Road is, at least, still home to one business! 

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Farewell Sidney Brown…

For our main Byker Branch feature, we look at the retirement celebrations for Sidney Brown, Manager at Byker, who has completed forty-three years’ service with the bank…

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1957 04 MBM.jpg1950 to 1957 Mr S Brown Manager MBM-Wi57P43.jpgBy the retirement of Mr. Sidney Brown at the end of August the North-Eastern District has lost from the active list one of its best-known managers. He was for many years Chairman of the N.E. District Staff Associ­ation, one of the founders of the North-Eastern Players in which he acted as Stage Manager for their first few years, and Secretary of the N.E. District Golfing Society for many years before and after the last war. He commenced his career in 1914 and served at Morpeth, Alnwick and Newcastle upon Tyne before joining H.M. Forces, 1916-19. He resumed his career in 1919 at Ashington and stayed there until 1933 when he joined the District General Manager's staff.  He was appointed Manager at Ashing­ton in 1938 and at Byker in 1950. A farewell party was held on August 30th at the Heaton Assembly Rooms. Mr. G. B. Varty, second-in-command, presided and invited Mr. Shotton, Manager at Tync Dock, to make the presentation on behalf of the subscribers of a motor mower. A bouquet was presented to Mrs. Brown by Miss Judith Stell, of Byker branch. Many of Mr. Brown's old colleagues were present, including Mr. J. A. Sutherland (Manager, Jesmond), Mr. J. Swanson (Manager, Seahouses), Mr. J. C. Potts (Manager, Blyth), Mr. A. Davy (Manager, Morpeth), Mr. J. Johnson (Man­ager, Quayside), Mr. L. Ridley (Manager, Prudhoe), Mr. S. Pollock (Manager, Stanley), Mr. J. W. Johnson (Manager, Coatsworth Road), and many others including Messrs. Middlemast and Welton of the pensioners.

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From tradition to training centre…

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The surviving photographs of the interior of Byker Branch show the very gentle transition from the dark and stuffy days of the late nineteenth century, to the bright and cheerful fittings of the 1960s.  We also have a rare glimpse of course candidates in the Training Centre above the Branch.

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1960 s Newcastle Byker Interior 6 BGA Ref 30-1988.jpg

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Branch Interior Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/1988

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Branch Interior Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/1988

1960 s Newcastle Byker Interior 1 BGA Ref 30-1988.jpg

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Despite the state of Byker Branch in the Twenty-First Century, it is heartening to see that many of the original features of the stonework remain.  The filled in windows on the ground floor are however, a particularly sad development…

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Image © Steve Ellwood April 2016

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1908 to 1915 Mr R Doxford joined the bank here MBM-Su54P52.jpg

1934 to 1939 Mr A E Mennear first Cashier MBM-Su57P49.jpg

1934 to 1940 Mr G C Dresser Manager MBM-Sp50P06.jpg

1940 to 1946 Mr J A Charlton Manager  MBM-Wi47P16.jpg

1941 to 1947 Mr W E Richardson joined the bank here MBM-Au64P05.jpg






Mr R Doxford

Joined the Bank Here

1908 to 1915

Mr A E Mennear

First Cashier

1934 to 1939

Mr G C Dresser


1934 to 1940

Mr J A Charlton


1940 to 1946

Mr W E Richardson

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1947

Mr J Johnson


1946 to 1950

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1950 to 1957 Mr S Brown Manager CU MBM-Wi57P43.jpg

1953 to 1961 Mr G B Varty MBM-Sp67P07.jpg

1954 to 1958 Mr MS Blaylock MBM-Su65P08.jpg

1960 to 1961 Mr R M Hall MBM-Sp64P08.jpg

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Miss M E Bates

On the Staff

1946 to 1947

Mr S Brown


1950 to 1957

Mr G B Varty

On the Staff

1953 to 1961

Mr M S Blaylock

On the Staff

1954 to 1958

Mr R M Hall

On the Staff

1960 to 1961

Mr J Barrow

Pro Manager

1961 to 1963

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1962 to 1964 Mr T E Smith Pro Manager MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1964 to 1968 Mr W M Kidd Pro Manager MBM-Au64P03.jpg

1968 Mr D Innes pro Manager MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

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Mr T E Smith

Pro Manager

1962 to 1964

Mr W M Kidd

Pro Manager

1964 to 1968

Mr D Innes

Pro Manager




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Index Number and District:






11-43-20 Newcastle Upon Tyne Byker

Full Branch

2 Addison Road Byker Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1TY

314 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 653321/2

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A N Duncan TD Manager

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Newcastle Benwell

27 November 1899

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

24 July 1961

15 September 1962

15 December 1969

2 April 1971

Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Moved to 19 Heaton Road during alterations

Re-opened at 2 Addison Road

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-36 Newcastle Byker


Newcastle Byker Heaton Road

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