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North Eastern Banking Company

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The familiar corner aspect enjoyed by so many of Branches of Martins, and other banks is actually quite a clever and early example of what is now called product placement – although it is unlikely to be known by that name in 1899 when the North Eastern Banking Company opens a branch at Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Having a corner entrance means, of course, that your company is visible in TWO streets at once – let’s hope the local council doesn’t want to charge twice the business rates!  Benwell is a full branch of Martins at the time of the merger with Barclays, and continues thereafter in service for another eighteen years or so.  Our feature is from 1962, when Mr Young retires after a career that spans forty-five years…

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1960 s Newcastle Benwell Exterior  BGA Ref 30-1985

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1985

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1962 03 MBM.jpg1957 to 1962 Mr W H Young Manager MBM-Au62P51.jpgThe end of May saw the completion of 45 years' service on the part of 'Bill' Young. On his last day as Manager of Benwell branch, he was arranging overdrafts, signing weekly returns, and attending to office routine as usual. He also received a visit from Mr. H. Ryder, Assistant District Manager, who called on behalf of the District General Manager to say farewell. Later the same day he received the good wishes of his friends at a party at the Crown Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne. Mr. E. F. B. Middleton presented Mr. Young with a golf bag, a camera and a cheque on behalf of his friends.  Mr. Middleton recalled how Mr. Young started his career at Quayside branch, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1917 and then, after a short stay at Low Fell, spent fourteen years at Gateshead branch, returning again to Low Fell. There he remained, except for two years at Harrogate during the war, until he became Manager of Felling branch in 1951 and subsequently of Benwell branch in 1957. Mr. Young thanked his colleagues and said that their gifts would be used to good purpose. Recalling some of the old days, he contrasted the arduous 'pen-pushing' with the streamlined electronic devices which were now a feature of banking. A bouquet was then presented to Mrs. Young by Miss Alwin Andrews, and the many friends present drank a toast to the health and happiness of Mr. and Mrs. Young. Mr. Young's enthusiasm for amateur dramatics, his keenness for golf, and Mrs. Young's fondness for gardening will, we hope, keep them both busy for many years to come.

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1914 to 1915 Mr H Jackson joined the bank here MBM-Wi49P10.jpg

1920 Mr T S Glendinning joined the bank here MBM-Au64P58.jpg

1928 to 1932 Mr S Harvey Manager MBM-Sp48P09.jpg

1932 to 1939 Mr H Cook Manager MBM-Sp50P12.jpg

1939 to 1940 Mr G Proud joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P07.jpg

1939 to 1957 Mr A E Mennear Manager MBM-Su57P49.jpg

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Mr H Jackson

Joined the Bank Here

1914 to 1915

Mr T S Glendinning

Joined the Bank Here


Mr Septimus Harvey


1928 to 1932

Mr H Cooke


1932 to 1939

Mr G Proud

Joined the Bank Here

1939 to 1940

Mr A E Mennear


1937 to 1957

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1944 to 1945 Mr R G Lamb MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1946 to 1947 Mr G S Alexander MBM-Au64P03.jpg

1949 to 1951 Mr IW Alexander joined the bank here MBM-Au67P06.jpg

1950 to 1952 Mr R M Hall joined the bank here MBM-Sp64P08.jpg

1957 to 1962 Mr W H Young Manager MBM-Au62P51.jpg

1961 to 1962 Mr A A McLean MBM-Sp67P06.jpg

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Mr R G Lamb

On the Staff

1944 to 1945

Mr G S Alexander

On the Staff

1946 to 1947

Mr I W Alexander

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1951

Mr R M Hall

Joined the Bank Here

1950 to 1952

Mr W H Young


1957 to 1962

Mr A McLean

On the Staff

1961 to 1962

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1962 to 1965 Mr W McCullagh Manager MBM-Wi65P02.jpg

1963 to 1964 Mr M Cushing MBM-Wi67P05.jpg

1964 to 1965 Mr G W Hunter MBM-Au65P05.jpg

1965 to 1969 Mr R B Cox Manager MBM-Wi65P06.jpg

1967 to 1968 Mr A Dodd MBM-Sp68P07.jpg

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Mr W McCullagh


1962 to 1965

Mr M Cushing

On the Staff

1963 to 1964

Mr G W Hunter

On the Staff

1964 to 1965

Mr R B Cox


1965 to 1969

Mr A Dodd

On the Staff

1967 to 1968






Index Number and District:






11-57-01 Newcastle Upon Tyne Benwell

Full Branch

73 Adelaide Terrace Benwell  Newcastle  upon Tyne NE4 8BN

309 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 33812

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R B Cox Manager

30 October 1899

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

30 October 1987


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-30 Newcastle upon Tyne Benwell


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