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North Eastern Banking Company

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December 1872 and the North Eastern Banking Company opens this particularly impressive branch in Lombard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, that will be known as Quayside Branch.  By surviving under Barclays until 1979 there are, at least, more than one hundred years of banking service here, but from a purely economic view, Newcastle is quite overrun with former Martins Branches, and some of them have to go.  However, when we consider today’s clinical and soulless bank branches - nothing more than shop fronts and cheap fittings - the loss of fine premises such as these does seem sad.  Bank buildings were traditionally intended to convey strength, secuirty and permanence. The irony today is that whilst a number of newer banking institutions have managed to make their homes in some of Martins’ former branches,  many more of these building are now inhabited by businesses such as top-end fashion retailers and mobile phone companies.  They actually seek out this kind of property in order to make a bold statement about their own “strength” and “permanence”! 

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1960 s Quayside Exterior BGA Ref 30-2014

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2014

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Our feature is from 1958, and the retirement of Quayside Pro Manager, Mr D T Hall…

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1958 03 MBM.jpg1954 to 1958 Mr D T Hall Manager MBM-Au58P58.jpgOn the last day of July a gathering took place at Quayside branch to bid farewell to Mr. D. T. Hall on the occasion of his retire­ment after 44 years' service. Among those present were the managers of Gallowgate and Northumberland Street branches, at both of which Mr. Hall had served as Pro Manager. The managers of Tyne Dock and Wallsend branches were also present. Earlier in the day Mr. L. L Walton, the District General Manager, had called at the branch to extend his good wishes and thanks to Mr. Hall for his loyal and outstandingly efficient service to the Bank.  After tea, served to the gathering of some thirty past and present colleagues by Mrs. Hall, their daughter Joan, her friend, and several lady members of the staff, Mr. J. Johnson, Manager at Quayside, presented Mr. Hall with a cheque on behalf of the subscribers, and a scroll bearing their names. To mark his pending change of status he was also presented with an apron and a set of tea towels, all suitably inscribed, a gesture which caused much hilarity. After Mr. Hall had replied, a bouquet was presented to Mrs. Hall by Miss Anne Todd and those present then adjourned to the temporary bar which had been set up at the statement counter.  Mr. Hall is thinking of using his cheque towards the purchase of a greenhouse in furtherance of his horticultural interests, which he combines with his love of bowls. He entered the Bank at Alnwick in 1914, and after serving with H.M. Forces from 1916-19, resumed his career at Gallowgate where he stayed until 1928. Then followed periods at Jesmond, Newcastle City Office, Coatsworth Road and during the last war on the District General Manager's Relief and Inspection staffs. He was appointed Pro Manager (Accountant) at Gallowgate in 1945, Pro Manager at Northumberland Street in 1951 and Pro Manager at Quayside in 1954.

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1914 to 1920 Mr J Tarbit MBM-Au52P51.jpg

1914 to 1922  Mr J W Chapman MBM-Sp54P52.jpg

1917 Mr C B Armatage joined the bank here MBM-Wi62P57.jpg

1917 Mr W H Young joined the bank here MBM-Au62P51.jpg

1924 to 1931 Mr R M Goldie Pro Manager MBM-Su47P26.jpg

1930 to 1937 Mr J H Morrison Manager MBM-Sp54P54.jpg

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Mr J Tarbit

On the Staff

1914 to 1920

Mr J W Chapman

On the Staff

1914 to 1922

Mr C B Armitage

Joined the Bank Here


Mr W H Young

Joined the Bank Here


Mr R M Goldie

Pro Manager

1924 to 1931

Mr J H Morrison


1930 to 1937

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1932 to 1954 Mr S H Futers Pro Manager MBM-Wi54P49.jpg

1937 to 1949 Mr W Wastell Manager MBM-Sp50P12.jpg

1938 Mr R L Scott MBM-Su63P56.jpg

1945 to 1947 Mr R B Cox joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P06.jpg

1949 to 1950 Mr K Atkinson joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P08.jpg

1950 to 1959 Mr J Johnson Manager MBM-Sp59P51.jpg







Mr S H Futers

Pro Manager

1932 to 1954

Mr W Wastel


1937 to 1950

Mr R L Scott

On the Staff


Mr R B Cox

Joined the Bank Here

1945 to 1947

Mr K Atkinson

Joined the Bank Here

1949 to 1950

Mr J Johnson


1949 to 1959







1954 to 1958 Mr D T Hall Pro Manager MBM-Au58P58.jpg

1958 to 1961 Mr A W S Mackay Pro Manager MBM-Su64P06.jpg

1961 to 1963 Mr JRW Burnett Pro Manager 1967 onwards Manager MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

1963 to 1964 Mr R Harrison Pro Manager MBM-Au64P04.jpg

1964 to 1967 Mr V Young Manager MBM-Su64P05.jpg







Miss M E Bates

On the Staff

1950 to 1952

Mr D T Hall

Pro Manager

1954 to 1958

Mr A W S Mackay

Pro Manager

1958 to 1961

Mr J R W Burnett

Pro Manager 1961-63

Manager 1967 onwards

Mr R Harrison

Pro Manager

1963 to 1964

Mr V Young


1964 to 1967

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1964 to 1969 Mr R W Wilson pro Manager MBM-Au64P06.jpg

1966 Miss Audrey M Hutchinson Cashier MBM-Au66P40.jpg

1969 Mr W Teasdale Pro Manager MBM-Sp69P09.jpg

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Mr R W Wilson

Pro Manager

1964 to 1969

Miss Audrey M Hutchinson

Cashier  1966

Mr W Teasdale

Pro Manager





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Index Number and District:






11-99-60 Newcastle Upon Tyne Quayside

Full Branch

15 Lombard Street Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3BL

351 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 28705/6

Nightsafe Installed

Mr J R W Burnett Manager

2 December 1872

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

26 October 1979


opened by North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Bank Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-88 Newcastle Quayside


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