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Martins Bank 1928+

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xIt might be one of the last of Martins Bank’s Branches to be opened, but it does last for several decades.  In 1968, the business of the Bank’s Branch at 91 NORTHUMBERLAND STREET Newcastle upon Tyne is transferred to 7 Market Street, and a year or so later is merged into Barclays.  In 2001 Market Street merges with Barclays 141 Haymarket, and closes. The image above is the closest we can get to Martins’ original layout, and shows Market Street in the early days of Barclays’ ownership in 1972.  We also have only one staff image -  Mr M P Ramsdale, in our Staff Gallery. 

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2009

In response to our appeal for more information about Market Street Branch, Paul Thompson got in touch with us from Australia to tell us about his time there:

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“I was transferred in July 1968 to Northumberland Street (Newcastle city) branch, a few months before it closed and moved to a new location at Market Street. When it came to moving to Market Street we all had to come in at the weekend and help shift everything. When it had all been put into the removal vans I noticed that there was still a clock on the wall and mentioned it. "we're not taking it, if you want it take it", which I did and it is still ticking away nicely, keeping perfect time on a wall at my house nearly 50 years later. I remained at Market Street branch for about two and a half years. You have asked for information about the branch. As it was nearly 50 years ago my memory of names may not be accurate but Mr C S (Cyril) Robinson was the manager and Mr M. Ramsdale was the assistant manager (I think his Christian name was Mike). A funny incident happened while I was there with Mr Ramsdale, his typist asked him could she abbreviate his title as it was long, so he said OK. About one minute after taking all his letters into his room for signing he came storming out, "what have you called me?" She had abbreviated his title to Managers Ass”.

Sep 1.jpg has also provided us with a number of contemporary images of North Eastern District Branches, and here, although we don’t have a period view of MARTINS at Market Street, there is one of Barclays to compare with today’s view of the building as the Theatre Royal Café…

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Image © 1987 Barclays Ref 30-2009

Image © 2015 Paul Thompson

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1968 Mr MP Ramsdale pro Manager MBM-Sp68P06

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Mr M P Ramsdale

Pro Manager

1968 onwards

Mr Paul Thompson

On the Staff

1968 to 1971


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Index Number and district:






11-47-60 Newcastle Market Street

Full Branch

7 Market Street Newcastle upon Tyne

385 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 29831/2

Nightsafe Installed

Mr C S Robinson TD Manager


15 December 1969

19 October 2001

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-82 Newcastle Market Street

Merged with Barclays Haymarket Branch and Closed