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86 High Street is Martins Bank’s OLDEST branch in Gateshead, opened by the North Eastern Banking Company in 1872.

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1966 Refit and Rebuild MBM-Au66FC.jpg

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There are many examples of the Bank’s branches being scattered throughout large towns in the North, and Gateshead is no exception.  At the start of  the 1960s, the building of a major new branch in the town signals also the end of the line for two of the Bank’s older offices.  In 1895 a branch is opened at 338 High Street, and this, along with 86 High Street runs through the various mergers to become a branch of Martins Bank. 1910 sees the addition of a branch at Coatsworth Road, and this remains open as a branch of Barclays until July 2014. 1938 sees the completion of Team Valley Trading Estate, which brings yet another Gateshead branch of Martins Bank!   In 1960 it’s a case of “two into one” when the business of 86 and 338 High Street is transferred to a new branch at 215 High Street, still open today as Barclays. This advertisement heralds the opening of the new branch, and serves also to advise of the closure of Nos 86 and 338 High Street. For our feature, we look at the retirement celebrations for Mr G G Whittingham, manager of Gateshead from 1944 to 1957.  Although he is retiring early due to ill health, he has nevertheless put in an impressive forty-four years!

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1957 01 MBM.jpgAt the close of business on February 12th present and former colleagues of Mr. G. G. Whittingham met in Gateshead office to make a presentation to him upon the occasion of his retirement from the Bank, unfortunately owing to continued ill-health. Mr. W. Taylor, Manager at Easington Colliery, made the presentation of a silver rose bowl and in a very apt speech outlined Mr. Whittingham's long and successful career in the Bank. Mr. Whittingham, as was only to be expected, replied most effectively. He said that the fact that he had always had a happy office had been a wonder­ful help to him throughout his service in the Bank.

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1944 to 1957 Mr C G Whittingham Manager MBM-Sp57P52.jpgMrs. Whittingham was at the function and was presented with a delightful bouquet of flowers by Miss E. Marshall. Mr. Whittingham entered the Bank in 1913 at Laygate. He served with H.M. Forces from 1915 to 1919, afterwards returning to Laygate. He was appointed Manager at Jesmond in 1932.

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He went to Gateshead as Manager in 1944. Throughout his career Mr. Whittingham took an interest in many societies and associations outside the Bank. He was Chairman of Martins Bank Players and had acted many times in their annual play, and we recall with pleasure the charming " after the show " parties Mr. and Mrs. Whittingham used to hold in their home. Mr. and Mrs. Whittingham have taken up residence in Farnham, Surrey, where they will be near their son, Wing Commander Peter Whittingham, who is a Surgeon with the R.A.F., specialising particularly in Arctic medicine.

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1919 to 1921 Mr T Mavin MBM-Sp54P52.jpg

1920 to 1934 approx Mr W H Young MBM-Au62P51.jpg

1922 May to December Mr J P Cotton MBM-Wi50P22.jpg

1932 to 1934 Mr J F Carter Pro Manager MBM-Sp62P53.jpg

1934 to 1935 Mr J B Hall Pro Manager MBM-Su56P49.jpg

1934 to 1940 Mr A W Keenlyside MBM-Su59P54.jpg

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Mr T Mavin

On the Staff

1919 to 1921

Mr W H Young

On the Staff

1920 to 1934

Mr J P Cotton

On the Staff

May to Dec 1922

Mr F J Carter

Pro Manager

1932 to 1934

Mr J B Hall

Pro Manager

1934 to 1935

Mr A W Keenlyside

On the Staff

1934 to 1940

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1943 to 1944 Mr A Forsyth joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P03.jpg

1944 to 1957 Mr C G Whittingham Manager MBM-Sp57P52.jpg

1945 to 1946 Mr J A McNall MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1957 to 1965 Mr E F B Middleton Manager MBM-Wi65P51.jpg

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BW Logo

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Mr A Forsyth

Joined the Bank Here

1943 to 1944

Mr C G Whittingham


1944 to 1957

Mr J A McNall

On the Staff

1945 to 1946

Mr E F B Middleton


1957 to 1960




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Index Number and District:






11-294 Gateshead 86 High St

Full branch

86 High Street Gateshead County Durham

330 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Gateshead 73931/2


Mr E F B Middleton Manager



7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

7 May 1960


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to 215 High Street

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