A000 11-29-00 Ashington A

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Martins Bank’s Branch at Ashington is one of the original branches of the North Eastern Banking Company Limited, opened by them in 1893.  This is twenty-one years before the North Eastern Bank merges with the Bank of Liverpool, which amalgamation has provided Martins Bank with such a comprehensive coverage of the North East.  Ashington is on the list of “As and Bs in Northumberland visited by Martins Bank magazine in the Autumn of 1965. As a result, very little detail is given about any of the branches, apart from a staff group photo and a sentence or two of detail!


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1959 Ashington Exterior Close Up BGA 33-29.jpg 

All Branch Images © Barclays Ref 33/29


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1965 03 MBM.jpgAshington is a true colliery town, but with a fine roomy branch, and a business dominated by coal and light industry.  Even in this bustling community one senses that the sea and the country are close enough to imbue the place and the inhabitants with a breezy resilience often lacking in the more cooped-up towns.

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Standing – J Hall

R B Cox (Pro Manager)

R Luke

D C Smith

Miss P Nelson

Miss P K Surtees

Miss H Mossman


Seated – Miss A Rickeard

G T Straughan (Manager)

Mrs J Marshall

Mrs D Nesbit

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1903 to 1914 Mr R M Goldie MBM-Su47P26.jpg

1918 to 1920 Mr T A Wedderburn joined the bank here MBM-Wi61P51.jpg

1919 to 1933 later 1938 to 1950 Mr S Brown Manager CU MBM-Wi57P43.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr A Galley MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

1941 to 1946 Mr D J Rutter MBM-Au61P40.jpg

1942 to 1943 Mr P D Hoyle joined the bank here MBM-Au64P03.jpg

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Mr R Goldie

On the Staff

1903 to 1914

Mr T A Wedderburn

Joined the Bank Here

1918 to 1920

Mr S Brown

Joined here 1919 to 1933

Manager 1938 to 1950

Mr A Galley

On the Staff

1941 to 1942

Mr D J Rutter

On the Staff

1941 to 1946

Mr P D Hoyle

Joined the Bank Here

1942 to 1943

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1950 to 1951 Mr TB Todd joined the bank here MBM-Au65P02.jpg

1956 to 1958 Mr M C Bruce joined the bank here MBM-Sp68P04.jpg

1956 to 1958 Mr RW Mackenzie Pro Manager MBM-Sp64P07.jpg

1958 to 1960 then from 1964 Mr GT Straughan Manager MBM-Sp65P03.jpg

1958 to 1964 Mr R D Dawson Manager MBM-Sp65P04.jpg

1960 to 1962 Mr W McCullagh Pro Manager MBM-Wi65P02.jpg

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Mr T B Todd

Joined the Bank Here

1950 to 1951

Mr M B Bruce

Joined the Bank Here

1956 to 1958

Mr R W MacKenzie

Pro Manager

1956 to 1958

Mr G T Straughan

On the Staff 1958 to 1960

Manager 1964 onwards

Mr R Dawson


1958 to 1964

Mr W McCullagh

Pro Manager

1960 to 1962

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1962 to 1965 Mr R B Cox Pro Manager MBM-Wi65P06.jpg

1965 Mr JK Lindsay pro Manager MBM-Wi65P06.jpg

1969 Mr A A Ashcroft Pro Manager MBM-Au69P11.jpg

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Mr R B Cox

Pro Manager

1962 to 1965

Mr J K Lindsay

Pro Manager


Mr A A Ashcroft

Pro Manager





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Index Number and District:






Martins Bank Limites 11-29-00 Ashington

Full Branch

9 Station Road Ashington Northumberland

304 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Ashington 2218 / 2518

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G T Straughan Manager

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7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


Opened by North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-02-68 Ashington