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Martins Bank’s  Branch at Felling undergoes periods of transition, being both a main branch and a sub branch, and changing its location.  The run of Managers stops in 1957 and there follows a succession of Clerks in Charge looking after Felling.  The last of these, Mr Binns is made manager in 1969, and is immediately succeeded by Mr Cox.  At the time of Martins Bank Magazine’s visit to the branch in 1964, Mr Harling is Clerk in Charge, but is absent – it’s all very confusing…

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At Felling, in the absence of Mr Harling we found Mr R W Wilson in charge.  Felling’s exterior belies its almost Dickensian interior.  One of the cashiers works in a kind of loose box, the doorway between the counter and the public space is partly blocked by a safe and the storeroom is a cupboard.  But it is a clean and serviceable little branch and the young staff are certainly lively.

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In Service: 1895 to 1966

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

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Although unemployment in the North East has received its full share of publicity in recent years, it is fortunately not so widespread as in the depression years, yet the aura of the ‘depressed area’ still hangs over the place.  There seems, however, to be something more than a tough resilience in Tynesiders. in Felling itself, - a dingy area despite some rebuilding- someone years ago saw fit to name the local pub the Beeswing Hotel and today, close by our rather quaint office is a business run by a man called Tulip. 

It is not all grime and grimness and the newer branches – fine as they are – do lack something: an old branch is rather like an old armchair, a bit shaggy round the edges, often uncomfortable until you adapt yourself to it, and with a tendency to make its own particular brand of dust.  But once you are in it, if you listen, it will tell you stories and what stories some of those old Tyneside branches can tell…

Image © John A. Moreels M.B.E. - Photo Memories Archive.

In 1966 the branch moves from Gosforth Street to MORLEY TERRACE, on whose page you will find more of the staff who worked at Felling from that year onwards.

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1911 to 1913 Mr R K McConway Manager MBM-Au46P23.jpg

1915 to 1917 Mr H R C Musgrave Manager MBM-Sp48P08.jpg

1939 to 1951 Mr R S Bates Manager MBM-Wi51P36.jpg

1940 to 1942 Mr A E Milburn MBM-Au61P38.jpg

1950 to 1952 Mr T Soulsby MBM-Au65P04

1951 to 1957 Mr W H Young Manager MBM-Au62P51.jpg

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Mr R K McConway


1911 to 1913

Mr H R C Musgrave


1915 to 1917

Mr R S Bates


1939 to 1951

Mr A E Milburn

On the Staff

1940 to 1942

Mr T Soulsby

on the Staff

1950 to 1952

Mr W H Young


1951 to 1957

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1952 to 1953 Mr A J Easdown MBM-Au67P03

1953 to 1954 Mr G S Alexander MBM-Au64P03

1953 to 1954 Mr J M Hogarth MBM-Sp67P04

1954 to 1956 Mr RO Brunton MBM-Wi64P05

1955 Mr P J Lamb joined the bank here MBM-Su68P12.jpg

1957 M Johnson MBM-Su68P22

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Mr A J Easdown

On the Staff

1952 to 1953

Mr G S Alexander

On the Staff

1953 to 1954

Mr J M Hogarth

On the Staff

1953 to 1954

Mr R O Brunton

On the Staff

1954 to 1956

Mr P J Lamb

Joined the Bank Here

1955 to 1958

Mr M Johnson

On the Staff


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1957 to 1958 Mr D J T Pepperell MBM-Au65P30

1957 to 1959 Mr E D Teasdale Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi68P09.jpg

1958 to 1959 Mr K A Arthur MBM-Au65P02

1959 to 1960 Mr T A Douglas Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp68P04.jpg

1963 onwards Mr J D Surtees Manager MBM-Au65P13.jpg

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Mr D J T Pepperall

On the Staff

1957 to 1958

Mr E D Teasdale

Clerk in Charge

1957 to 1959

Mr K A Arthur

On the Staff

1958 to 1959

Mr T A Douglas

Clerk in Charge

1959 to 1960

Mr J D Surtees

Clerk in Charge

1960 to 1963

Miss J Allom

On the Staff

1961 onwards

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1961 Mr N Box MBM-Sp68P07

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Mr N Box

On the Staff


Mr D W Gascoigne

On the Staff

1963 to 1965

Mr V Lamb

On the Staff

1963 to 1964

Mr S Harling

Clerk in Charge

1963 to 1966

Miss N B Pringle

On Relief at Felling

Spring 1964



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Index Number and District:






11-32-80 Felling

Full Branch

20 Gosforth Street Felling Gateshead County Durham

326 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Felling 692352

Nightsafe Installed

Mr S Harling Clerk in Charge (1966)




7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928


Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Closed and moved to 1-2 Morley Terrace

Felling (Morley Terrace)

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