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North Eastern Banking Company

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Martins Bank’s premises at 22 Grey Street are the former Head Office of the North Eastern Banking Company Limited, and house both NORTH EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, and City Office Branch.  Whilst there are no internal images of the counter area within this building, there is one photograph in Barclays’ collection, which shows part of North Eastern District Office, and this can be seen below. Many of the Bank’s larger city centre branches are known to those who work there as “City Office”.  They offer the services of a branch, but they are, with the exception of Bristol City Office, housed in the same building as one of Martins’ District Offices.  Customers can therefore benefit from the local decision making powers of the District Office, and do their everyday banking, all in the same place. 

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The size and grandeur of Newcastle City Office could be said to be commensurate with the North Eastern District itself, which boasts the largest number of Martins Branches within its borders.  We were delighted to receive from Barclays, another exterior image of this imposing Building, this time with its North Eastern Bank signage:

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1940 s Newcastle Grey St Exterior BGA Ref 30-2004

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/2004


1914 or earlier at North Eastern Bank HO BGA Ref 25-990.jpg

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Images © Barclays Ref 0025/0990 and 0030/2004

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1904 to 1905 Mr H R C Musgrave joined the service here MBM-Sp48P08.jpg

1906 Mr A H W Mole joined the bank here MBM-Sp50P13.jpg

1906 to 1908 Mr H Stitt joined the service here MBM-Wi48P11.jpg

1906 to 1915 Mr W Wastell joined the bank here MBM-Sp50P12.jpg

1907 to 1909 Mr R Green joined the bank here MBM-Au50P09.jpg

1908 Mr W R Martin joined the service here MBM-Au51P21.jpg

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Mr H R C Musgrave

Joined the Bank Here

1904 to 1905

Mr A H W Mole

Joined the Bank Here


Mr H Stitt

Joined the Bank Here

1906 to 1908

Mr W Wastell

Joined the Bank Here

1906 to 1915

Mr R Green

Joined the Bank Here

1907 to 1909

Mr W R Martin

Joined the Bank Here


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1913 Mr J Murray joined the bank here MBM-Au59P51.jpg

1916 to 1933 Mr A Cummin MBM-Au59P52.jpg

1919 Mr G R Tarn MBM-Au46P06.jpg

1940 to 1948 Mr A W Johnston Manager MBM-Su48P07.jpg

1945 to 1946 Mr A J Easdown joined the bank here MBM-Au67P03.jpg

1950 Mr N N Jobling Manager MBM-Sp50P19.jpg

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Mr J Murray

Joined the Bank Here


Mr A Cummin

On the Staff

1916 to 1933

Mr G R Tarn

On the Staff


Mr A W Johnston


1940 to 1948

Mr A J Easdown

Joined the Bank here

1945 to 1946

Mr N N Jobling


1950 to 1953

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1951 to 1962 Mr G K Eaves sub then Manager MBM-Su62P30.jpg

1952 Mr J W Charlton Chief Cashier MBM-Au52P54.jpg

1953 to 1960 Mr JRW Burnett Manager MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

1957 to 1961 Mr B Trewhitt Pro Manager MBM-Su67P04.jpg

1962 Mr E Newhouse Manager MBM-Su62P31.jpg

1963 Mr A B Stevens Sub Manager MBM-Wi63P05.jpg

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Mr G K Eaves

Sub Manager 1951

Manager 1962 to 1964

Mr J W Charlton

Chief Cashier


Mr J R W Burnett


1953 to 1960

Mr Ben Trewhitt

Sub Manager

1957 to 1961

Mr E Newhouse


1962 to 1964

Mr A B Stevens

Sub Manager


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1964 Mr N Davison pro Manager 1969 Deputy ManagerMBM-Su64P04.jpg

1964 Mr R D Beaumont Manager MBM-Sp64P05.jpg

1964 pro Manager then 1966 Mr G Fidler Accountant City Office MBM-Au66P04.jpg

1965 Miss DL Jackson Staff MBM-Su65P47.jpg

1965 Mr CA Shuttleworth Deputy Manager City Office MBM-Wi65P02 MBM-Sp64P06.jpg

1965 Mr JW Burnside pro Manager MBM-Su65P07.jpg

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Mr N Davison

Pro Manager 1964-69

Sub Manager 1969

Mr R D Beaumont


1964 to 1968

Mr G Fidler

Pro Manager 1964

Accountant 1966

Miss G L Jackson

On the staff


Mr C A Shuttleworth

Deputy Manager


Mr J W Burnside

Pro Manager


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1966 Margaret Pigg Cashier MBM-Wi66P53.jpg

1966 Mr R Smith pro Manager MBM-Au66P03.jpg

1967 Mr RS Hall Accountant MBM-Au67P05.jpg

1967 Mr W Arbon pro Manager City Office MBM-Sp67P03.jpg

1967 Mr W Somerville Messenger 22 Grey street MBM-Wi67P46.jpg

1968 Mr J Harbit Manager MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

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Margaret  Pigg



Mr R Smith

Pro Manager


Mr R S Hall



Mr W Arbon

Pro Manager


Mr W Somerville



Mr J Harbit


1968 onwards




Index Number and District:






11-00-70 Newcastle City Office

Main Branch

PO Box 1MG 22 Grey Street Newcastle Upon Tyne 1

347 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 23301

Nightsafe Installed

J Harbit Manager

Sub Branches



30 July 1877

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

10 January 1975


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bankof Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-68 Newcastle-u-Tyne Grey Street

Branch Closed but building used by Barclays until 2004

Sanderson Weatherall Chartered Surveyors