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The North Eastern Banking Company opens its Branch at Commercial Buildings in Dunston, in 1899, some fifteen years before the amalgamation of the Bank with the Bank of Liverpool. Under the ownership of Martins Bank, Dunston remains a standalone full Branch until 1959 when it becomes a self accounting sub-Branch to Gateshead High Street.

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It is also fairly unusual in terms of the North Eastern District in that it never had any dependent sub Branches.  Martins’ managers are well known for their long careers, many of which are SO long that to work continually for that length of time and for the same employer seems nowadays incongruous. 


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In Service: March 1899 until 29 October 1971

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1960 ish Dunston Exterior BGA Ref 30-858

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-0858


In March 1959, it is the turn of Mr Cyril Patterson to retire from Dunston Branch, and as is customary on these occasions, Martins Bank Magazine is on hand with an account of his retirement party…


1950 to 1959 Mr C Patterson Manager MBM-Su59P52.jpg1959 01.jpgOn the occasion of the retirement of Mr. Cyril Patterson, after 44 years' service, a party was held at the Cross Keys Hotel, Dunston, on March 24th. During the course of the proceedings a presentation of an artist's easel was made to him by Mr. Blades (Manager, Amble). Many of Mr. Patterson's colleagues were present as well as a number of the customers. Mr. Lambert presented Mr. Patterson with a clock from the customers and, speaking on their behalf, said how much they all appre­ciated Mr. Patterson's help and assistance during his stay at Dunston. Mr. Patterson suitably replied. Mr. Patterson entered the Bank's service in 1914 at Berwick, going to Newcastle upon Tyne the following year. He served with H.M. Forces from 1917—1919 and went successively to Alnwick, Amble, Northum­berland Street and District Office, before his appointment as Manager at Dunston in 1950.

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1911 Mr J C McKendrick joined the bank here MBM-Su55P53.jpg

1932 to 1949 Mr A H W Mole Manager MBM-Sp50P13.jpg

1936 Mr W S Brown Joined the bank here MBM-Su61P06.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr W F Surtees joined the bank here MBM-Au67P07.jpg

1950 to 1959 Mr C Patterson Manager MBM-Su59P52.jpg

1958 to 1959 Mr D Innes MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

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Mr J C McKendrick

Joined the Bank Here


Mr A H W Moole


1932 to 1949

Mr W S Brown

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W F Surtees

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1939

Mr C Patterson


1949 to 1959

Mr D Innes

On the Staff

1958 to 1959

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1959 to 1965 Mr F M Pigg Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp65P55.jpg

1965 Mr JM Dobson Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp65P07.jpg

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Mr F M Pigg

Clerk in Charge

1959 to 1965

Mr J M Dobson

Clerk in Charge

1965 onwards





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Index Number and District:






11-43-30 Dunston

Self Accounting sub to 11-98-30 Gateshead

18 Commercial Buildings Dunston Gateshead County Durham NE11 9AA

321 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0930-1100

Dunston 604129

Nightsafe Installed

J M Dobson Clerk in Charge

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March 1899

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

29 October 1971

Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-27-37 Dunston


Eanam (Blackburn)

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