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Martins Bank 1928+

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image080It seems that Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, is the place for banks to be.  Martins Bank opens a counter service at NORGAS House in 1965, and two years later a sub-Branch on the Stephenson Industrial Area.  Although not self accounting, the branch opens for the full six day banking week. 

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1489

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Image © Barclays Ref 0030/1489

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1967 Newcastle Killingworth Warning Sign BGA Ref 30-1489.jpgBarclays also has a Killingworth sub branch on Stephenson Industrial Estate, on Blucher Road (closed 1969), and another called Killingworth at Citadel West opened 1972, closed 1986.  Although Martins’ Killingworth branch is kept on at the expense of the Barclays office, it closes in 1978, and it is the original Martins counter service at NORGAS House seems to have lasted the longest - until 1995.   Killingworth sub-Branch does look as if someone has erected a collection of mobile classrooms on Samson Close.  The interior – as shown above in these great images from Barclays’ collection of Martins photos, is just as you would expect from the Bank in 1967, fit for purpose and as welcoming as a pre-fabricated building can be. Outside the branch is the first example we have seen of a Martins Bank parking space – it comes with rules attached, so do be careful when leaving your car as the Bank will NOT be responsible for what happens to it!

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Index Number and District:






11-87-30 Newcastle Upon Tyne Killingworth

Sub to 11-87-30 Forest Hall

Samson Close Stephenson Ind. Area Killingworth  Newcastle 12

328 North Eastern



Newcastle 666181

Counter Service Only

Mr T D Muitt Manager (Forest Hall)


15 December 1969


Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-32-76 Forest Hall Newcastle upon Tyne