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North Eastern Banking Company

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1925 North Shields BOLM Cheque Only Don Swainson.jpg

Image © Don Swainson

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One year before merging with the Bank of Liverpool, the North Eastern Banking Company opens a branch at North Shields, and 31 Bedford Street is still the main office in the town under Martins Bank in the 1960s.  Another merger along, we find the Bank of Liverpool and Martins opening a sub branch to North Shields at Fish Quay in 1922. 

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref: 0030/2107

Ten years and one final name change later, Martins Bank Limited opens a further sub-Branch at Tynemouth.  The timings of the opening of these three North Shields branches thus straddle critical points in the evolution of Martins Bank from a number of separate local and regional banking companies into one national bank.  The North East will eventually become the district with the most branches of Martins Bank.


Look who’s moved in next door…




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It’s seems just a little sinister, really, Barclays purchases the property either side of Martins (and presumably some of that behind it), and builds a very large new office. Messrs F Rooney and Edinburgh Bakeries are suddenly no more, as Barclays neatly drops in between Martins Bank and Fairbairn & son, and also puts in an appearance on the other side of the building.

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…and finally, here is a rare chance to see what was there before Barclays came along.  As we know, it was Messrs F Rooney and Edinburgh Bakeries to the left, but we do not know the name of the tobacconist to the right.  If you can help, please do get in touch with us at the usual address: :

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1960s Shops to the left of Martins before Barclays new build BGA Ref 30-2107.jpg

1960s Tobacconist before Barclays new build to right of Martins BGA Ref 30-2107.jpg

Images © Barclays Ref 30/2107

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1914 to 1916 Mr G H Bennett Joined the service here MBM-Wi58P50.jpg

1919 to 1932 Mr Norman Brown 1942 to 1953 Manager  MBM-Wi53P53.jpg

1931 to 1932 Mr E H Jackson joined the bank here MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1941 to 1943 Mr T A Douglas MBM-Sp68P04.jpg

1950 to 1950 Mr P L Prest joined the bank here MBM-Sp64P06.jpg

1955 to 1967 Mr R W Hopper Manager MBM-Sp67P53.jpg

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Mr G H Bennet

Joined the Bank Here

1914 to 1916

Mr Norman Brown

On the Staff 1919-32

and 1942 to 1953

Mr E H Jackson

Joined the Bank Here

1931 to 1932

Mr T A Douglas

On the Staff

1941 to 1943

Mr P L Prest

Joined the Bank Here

1950 to 1950

Mr R W Hopper


1955 to 1967

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1958 to 1960 Pro Mgr later 1967 Mr A Galley Manager MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

1961 to 1962 Mr A Forsyth Pro Manager MBM-Sp65P03.jpg

1961 to 1962 Mr C L Basey MBM-Au67P04.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr R G Lamb Pro Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1965 Mr R M Hall pro Manager MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1967 Mr B Grogan pro Manager MBM-Wi67P01.jpg

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Mr A Galley

Pro Manager 1958-60

Manager 1967 onwards

Mr A Forsyth

Pro Manager

1961 to 1962

Mr C L Basey

On the Staff

1961 to 1962

Mr R G Lamb

Pro Manager

1962 to 1965

Mr R M Hall

Pro Manager

1965 to 1967

Mr B Grogan

Pro Manager

1967 onwards




Index Number and District:






11-45-60 North Shields

Full Branch

31 Bedford Street North Shields Northumberland

348 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

North Shields 75261 & 74235

Nightsafe Installed

Mr A Galley Manager

Sub Branches

11-45-60 FISH QUAY

11-45-60 TYNEMOUTH



7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

13 September 1971


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Business Closed and Transferred to Barclays 35 Bedford Street


Butcher’s Shop