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North Eastern Banking Company

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1951 Walker Branch phone book entryIt is drab in every sense – what else can we say? – yet Martins Bank’s sub-Branch at Walker has been there for Years - ever since the Bank inherited it from the North Eastern Banking Co Ltd, in 1914.  As a sub-Branch to Wallsend, Walker opens three mornings each week. Both Wallsend and Walker are opened by the North Eastern Bank in 1901.  During the Second World War Walker is mothballed, as there are not enough staff to run the Bank’s smallest sub branches.  The story does not end happily either, as sadly, Walker is gutted by fire in May 1964 and the business moves to a temporary room at WALKER BOYS’ CLUB , Wharrier Street until being closed down just before the merger with Barclays in 1969.   Even in 1965, this is a depressed area in which it is difficult enough to LIVE let alone trade. Nevertheless the Bank fulfills its long standing commitment to Walker, and maintains a service that is far from satisfactory, until 1969. Thanks to the personal memories of someone who was there, you can read much more about this and about the difficulties of operating a service at Walker Boys Club, by clicking on the red link above.  If you have your own memories of using or working at this rather unusual sub branch, please get in touch at .Sep 1.jpg

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Index Number and District:






11-95-81 Newcastle Upon Tyne Walker

Sub to 11-95-81 Wallsend

Mechanics Institute Church Street Newcastle upon Tyne 6

364 North Eastern

Mon Wed and Fri 1000-1200

No Saturday opening

Wallsend 624294

Counter Service Only

Mr A M Parr Manager (Wallsend)


7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928




North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed for World War II


Damaged by fire, closed and business transferred to Walker Boys’ Club