North Eastern Banking Company

The North Eastern Banking Company’s branch at Gallowgate opens in 1900. In 1914 the NEBC merges with the Bank of Liverpool and we see the branch in our photograph (right and below, courtesy of Newcastle Libraries) in its Bank of Liverpool and Martins days. Here, we find ourselves at the heart of the largest District of Martins Bank – the North East – which, included across a vast and diverse part of England, easily has more Martins branches tucked away in towns large and small, and the tiniest of villages, than any other single District of the Bank. That is more than 200 branches.

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections:

Newcastle Libaries Ref 29610

In Service: 1900 until 12 December 1969

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections: Newcastle Libaries Ref 29610

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In the Barclays collection of Martins branch photos, there is only ONE photograph of Gallowgate as Martins Bank (right). In fact you would be forgiven for thinking that the branch does not feature at all, but this rather curious shot includes a lot of 1960s period detail and just a glimpse of the  Branch to the right – the words Martins Bank Limited almost obscured by the branches of the tree!  Under Martins, Gallowgate runs as a full branch open across the full six banking week. Its fate is recorded as “business transferred to Barclays Percy Street”, just before the 1969 merger. In the last available listing of Bank Branches (from 1967/8), Barclays has 25 branches and Martins 18 listed in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne. Our feature is the retirement of Mr Middleton, whose forty-four years of service has included thirteen as Gallowgate’s Manager …

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-0200

1958 04 MBM.jpg1945 to 1958 Mr H G D Middleton Manager  MBM-Wi58P53.jpgOn the occasion of his retirement from the Bank after 44 years' service Mr. Middleton gave a party to about 70 of his colleagues at the Northern Conservative and Unionist Club in Newcastle on October 31st. Among those present were Mr. L. J. Walton, District General Manager; Mr. G. E. Clarkson, Assistant District Manager; Mr. W. S. Blaylock, Inspector; and Mr. G. K. Eaves, Manager of Newcastle City Office. Mr. Pettier, Accountant at Gallowgate, presided at the presentation ceremony and the gift of a cheque was made on behalf of the subscribers by Mr. Walton. The gift is to be used for the purchase of an antique writing desk. Mr. Walton paid a warm tribute to Mr. Middleton and to his twenty years' service as a manager. A number of telegrams were received from Mr. Middleton's friends in other Districts. Mr. Middleton entered the Bank in 1914 at Hebburn.

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1960 s Newcastle Gallowgate Interior 2 BGA Ref 30-2000.jpg

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He served in the First World War from 1916-18, being grievously wounded. On his return he served for varying periods at Newcastle City Office, Quayside and Gallowgate. He was appointed Pro Manager at King Street, South Shields, in 1932, Manager at Jarrow in 1938, and Manager at Gallowgate in 1945. In 1946 he was made a J.P. in Jarrow.

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1960 s Newcastle Gallowgate Interior 3 BGA Ref 30-2000.jpg

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1919 to 1928 Mr D T Hall MBM-Au58P58.jpg

1922 to 1924 Mr R M Goldie Pro Manager MBM-Su47P26.jpg

1925 to 1948 Mr J Shotton MBM-Sp66P54.jpg

1933 to 1934 Mr A Cummin Manager MBM-Au59P52.jpg

1933 to 1935 Mr A H C Pickering Pro MAnager MBM-Sp60P45.jpg

1935 to 1945 Mr N H Marsh Manager MBM-Sp60P44.jpg

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Mr D T Hall

On the Staff

1919 to 1928

Mr R M Goldie

Pro Manager

1922 to 1924

Mr J Shotton

On the Staff

1925 to 1948

Mr A Cummin

Manager

1933 to 1934

Mr A H C Pickering

Pro Manager

1933 to 1935

Mr N H Marsh

Manager

1935 to 1945

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1942 to 1943 Mr R J Pearson MBM-Wi64P07.jpg

1944 to 1944  Mr R G Lamb joined the bank here MBM-Au65P03.jpg

1945 to 1958 Mr H G D Middleton Manager  MBM-Wi58P53.jpg

1947 to 1948 Mr T A Douglas MBM-Sp68P04.jpg

1954 to 1957 Mr E H Jackson Pro Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

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Mr R J Pearson

On the Staff

1942 to 1943

Mr R G Lamb

Joined the Bank Here

1944 to 1944

Mr H G D Middleton

Manager

1945 to 1958

Mr T A Douglas

On the Staff

1947 to 1948

Mr W  S Brown

Pro Manager

1951 to 1952

Mr E H Jackson

Pro Manager

1954 to 1957

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1961 to 1963  Mr Barry Grogan MBM-Sp62P38.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr M Walker MBM-Sp65P04.jpg

1962 to 1965 Mr Mr TD Muitt Pro Manager MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1965 to 1967 Mr M S Blaylock pro Manager MBM-Su65P08.jpg

1967 Mr A Cook pro Manager MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

1967 Mr WF Surtees Manager MBM-Au67P07.jpg

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Mr Barry Grogan

On the Staff

1961 to 1963

Mr M Walker

On the Staff

1962 to 1965

Mr T D Muitt

Pro Manager

1962 to 1965

Mr M S Blaylock

Pro Manager

1965 to 1967

Mr A Cook

Pro Manager

1967

Mr W F Surtees

Manager

1967 onwards

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

11-91-30 Newcastle Upon Tyne Gallowgate

Full Branch

1 Gallowgate Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SR

329 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 28247/8

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W F Surtees OBE TD Manager

11-82-80 Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne Elswick

1900

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

12 December 1969

Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Business transferred to Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-86 Percy St

Newcastle upon Tyne Gosforth

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