B041 11-50-00 Bedlington A

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Martins Bank’s branch at Bedlington comes from the huge portfolio of branches inherited when the North Eastern Banking Company and the Bank of Liverpool amalgamate in 1914. This merger alone will make the North East into Martins’ largest district, with comprehensive coverage of the area by over 150 branches. Bedlington Branch really looks the part in this late nineteenth century building, which oozes character and a sense of security over the money and possessions of the local business and personal customers.

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/0145


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1965 Bedlington Staff MBM-Au65P13.jpgBedlington Branch is opened by the North Eastern Banking Company in 1875 and is one of Martins Bank’s longer serving Branch buildings, having been continually in use as a Bank for more than 130 years by the time it finally closes in 2009.  Bedlington is also one of the “As and Bs in Northumberland” featured in Martins Bank Magazine of Autumn 1965 and sadly – for those of us who would like to know more about this part of the world - it receives the same treatment as the rest of the branches visited: Very little is actually written about any of the branches that are visited on this particular whistle-stop tour of Northumberland.  So we’ll just have to make the most of it…

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1965 03 MBM.jpgBedlington is a coal town but its old fashioned tree-lined main street, with lawns and flowerbeds, makes this hard to believe.  However, the pits are all around.  Our quaint but striking branch is well worth a visit and is a scheduled building.  Mr R T Bilton, the manager, who is a native of the area has a real affection for the town and, rightly we think, would like to see its charm and individuality preserved

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1918 to 1925 Mr J H Ritson MBM-Wi54P48.jpg

1923 Mr G A Welsh joined the bank here MBM-Au65P55.jpg

1938 to 1939 Mr C B Bradbury joined the bank here MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1939 to 1941 Mr J R W Burnett joined the bank here MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

1939 to 1952 Mr R C Hall Manager MBM-Sp58P46.jpg

1952 to 1952 Mr B G Robson MBM-Sp65P09.jpg

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Mr J H Ritson

On the Staff

1918 to 1925

Mr G A Welsh

Joined the Bank Here


Mr C B Bradbury

Joined the Bank Here

1938 to 1939

Mr J R W Burnett

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1941

Mr R C Hall


1939 to 1952

Mr B G Robson

On the Staff

1952 to 1952

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1952 to 1968 Mr R L Bilton Manager MBM-Au68P55.jpg

1962 to 1964 Mr A A McLean MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

1965 Miss J Rhodes MBM-Au65P13.jpg

1965 Mr A A Ashcroft MBM-Au65P13.jpg

1965 Mr R P Mitchell Relief Staff MBM-Au65P13.jpg

1968 Mr MA Charlton Manager MBM-Au68P15.jpg

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Mr R L Bilton


1952 to 1968

Mr A A McLean

On the Staff

1962 to 1964

Miss J Rhodes

On the Staff


Mr A A Ashcroft

On the Staff


Mr R P Mitchell

Relief Staff


Mr M A Charlton


1968 onwards

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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limited 11-50-00 Bedlington  

Full Branch

Market Place Bedlington Northumberland

306 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Bedlington 3215

Nightsafe Installed

Mr M A Charlton Manager

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8 June 1875

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

27 November 2009


Opened by North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-05-81 Bedlington


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