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North Eastern Banking Company

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The North Eastern Banking Company opens this fabulous little Branch at Low Fell on 25 April 1899. We just could not resist this wonderful image of Low Fell Branch in its full 1960s glory - with the old red telephone box, park bench, and its choice location next door to the “Low Fell Pork Shop”.  It’s great to know that until being permanently closed in October 2015,Low Fell has been serving customers for more than one hundred and sixteen years, and in our “tehn and now” feature below it is good to see that only minimal alterations have been made to this lovely old building…

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030-1747

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A new sign, a modern door, the addition of a cash machine – not much more has changed in forty-one years, the time difference between these two photographs. Even the stonework is looking in remarkably good condition…

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Image © Barclays Ref 30-1747

Image – G Wylie 2010

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Our reitrement feature focusses on Mr Bews, who has clocked up a colossal forty-five years’ service in the bank by the time he takes things easy in 1962.  As ever on these occasions, Martins Bank Magazine is there to say goodbye..

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1962 04 MBM.jpg1957 to 1962 Mr T A Bews Manager MBM-Wi62P55.jpgOn October 31st., Mr. T. A. Bews (Manager, Low Fell) retired after 45 years' service with the Bank. His career started at Newcastle City Office in 1917 and after serving at Wingrove, Gosforth, Byker and North Shields he received his first appointment as Clerk-in-Charge at Team Valley branch in 1938. After military service between 1943 and 1945 he became Manager at 338, High Street, Gateshead, in 1946. He was appointed Manager at Low Fell in 1957. On October 29th Mr. Bews was entertained to lunch at Grey Street, when Mr. W. Weatherill, North Eastern District General Manager, thanked him for his loyal service to the Bank and, on behalf of the staff of District Office, wished him and his wife a long and happy retirement. To mark his retirement Mr. Bews invited present and former members of his staff, together with some of his friends, to a cocktail -party at the County Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, during which Mr. J. A. McNall (Low Fell) presented a cheque to him. on behalf of the subscribers, and Miss Tarn, also of Low Fell, presented a bouquet to Mrs. Bews. Mr. McNall referred to the happy times at Low Fell and expressed the wishes of all present for Mr. and Mrs. Bews' future happiness. In his reply Mr. Bews thanked the members of his staff for their loyal service which had contributed to the happiness of his term of office at Low Fell.

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1915 to 1916 Mr D W Moscrop joined the bank here MBM-Sp59P54.jpg

1918 to 1920 1934 to 1941 and 1943 to 1951 Mr W H Young MBM-Au62P51.jpg

1919 Mr A H W Mole MBM-Sp50P13.jpg

1934 to 1934 Mr J F Carter Manager MBM-Sp62P53.jpg

1937 to 1939 Mr G B Varty MBM-Sp67P07.jpg

1946 to 1948 Mr C B Armatage Manager MBM-Wi62P57.jpg

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Mr D W Moscrop

On the Staff

1915 to 1916

Mr W H Young

On the Staff 1918-1920 and

1934-41 and 1943-51

Mr A H W Mole

On the Staff


Mr J F Carter



Mr G B Varty

On the Staff

1937 to 1939

Mr C B Armitage


1946 to 1948

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1946 to 1948 Mr GA Weatherburn MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1948 to 1957 Mr E F B Middleton Manager MBM-Wi65P51.jpg

1951 to 1952 Mr R Russell MBM-Au65P04.jpg

1953 to 1956 Mr I W Alexander MBM-Au67P06.jpg

1954 to 1956 Mr R M Hall MBM-Sp64P08.jpg

1957 to 1962 Mr T A Bews Manager MBM-Wi62P55.jpg

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Mr G A Weatherburn

On the Staff

1946 to 1948

Mr E F B Middleton


1948 to 1957

Mr R Russell

On the Staff

1951 to 1952

Mr I W Alexander

On the Staff

1953 to 1956

Mr R M Hall

On the Staff

1954 to 1956

Mr T A Bews


1957 to 1962

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1960 to 1961 Mr JRW Burnett MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

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Mr J R W Burnett

On the Staff

1960 to 1961









Index Number and District:






11-69-50 Low Fell

Full Branch

482 Durham Road Low Fell Gateshead County Durham NE9 6LQ

341 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Low Fell 875751 / 876538

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R Snowden Manager

11-69-50 BIRTLEY

25 April 1899

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

Friday 23 October 2015

Opened by The North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-53-11 Low Fell 482 Durham Road

Closed permanently at 12 Noon