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The Bank of Liverpool and Martins opens its branch at Blyth in 1924, adding to Martins Bank’s strong presence on the North East Coast. By 1969, having taken over many branches in the North East, Barclays has to make some tough decisions, and many face the axe within a short time of the merger. 

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1959 Blyth Exterior CU BGA Ref 30-302 

Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/0302

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Blyth survives for just a few months, closing altogether in July 1970.  The branch is visited by Martins Bank magazine in 1965 as part of its “As and Bs in Northumberland” feature. Very little information is printed about each branch, so that doesn’t leave much for us to show you about Blyth.  However the staff of the Magazine seems to have been greeted with enthusiasm by those at each branch visited, where all dutifully pose for a group shot.  After the  “lightning trip” to Blyth, we drop in on the retirement celebration of Mr J Cranson Potts, Manager of the branch for eleven years…

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1965 03 MBM.jpgIn the seventeenth century, coal at Blyth was hauled in horse-drawn trains along wooden rails from Bebside Colliery to the river for shipment.  Today much bigger shipments of coal continue, particularly for power stations in the south, and coal with ship-building, repairing and breaking, still provides most of Blyth’s livelihood though an industrial estate nearby offers much needed diversification. From Mr Burnett, our Manager, we obtained a handbook which confirmed the close proximity of a three-mile beach, something which few such towns can boast.

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1961 01 MBM.jpg1949 to 1960 Mr J C Potts Manager FULL MBM-Sp61P54On the occasion of the retirement of Mr. J. C. Potts after over 44 years' service, he and Mrs. Potts entertained a party of his colleagues, past and present, to tea and cocktails at the Barrakka Hotel, Blyth. During the evening Mr. D. E. Lowery presented Mr. Potts with a tape recorder on behalf of the subscribers, and Miss 1. Daley presented Mrs. Potts with a bouquet. In the unavoidable absence of the District General Manager, thanks to Mr. Potts for his loyal and faithful service were expressed by Mr. W. S. Blaylock. In his reply, Mr. Potts was in reminiscent mood and spoke amusingly of the old days at Middlesbrough. Behind this bare recital of facts lies the story of a man of strong character who was prepared to fight and suffer for his principles. Some of us from other Districts had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife on the occasion of last year's holiday party to Interlaken, and were instantly impressed by his rugged character and broad humanity. A first class tennis player still and a talented amateur actor, he will find much to occupy his leisure time happily, and, as a matter of fact, he has a principal part as Dvorak in 'Summer Song' which the Whitley Bay Operatic Society are performing in April. The Bank is poorer by the loss of these strong individ­ualists. Cranson Potts entered the Bank in 1916 and in the course of his career served at Belford, Blackhill, Easington Colliery, Middlesbrough, Northumberland Street, North Shields, Ashington, on Relief and on the North Eastern D.G.M. staff. He was appointed Manager at Blyth in 1949.

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1932 to 1942 Mr Norman Brown Manager MBM-Wi53P53.jpg

1940 to 1941 Mr A Galley joined the bank here MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

1941 to 1942 Mr Mr T D Muitt joined the bank here MBM-Su65P04.jpg

1942 to 1948 Mr A E Blaylock Acting Manager from 1942 and Manager from 1946 MBM-Sp61P56.jpg

1949 to 1949 Mr R O Brunton joined the bank here MBM-Wi64P05.jpg

1949 to 1960 Mr J C Potts Manager MBM-Sp61P54.jpg

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Mr Norman Brown

Manager

1932 to 1942

Mr A Galley

Joined the Bank here

1940 to 1941

Mr T D Muitt

Joined the Bank Here

1941 to 1942

Mr A E Blaylock

On staff 1942 to 1948

Acting Manager 1946-8

Mr R O Brunton

Joined the Bank here

1949 to 1949

Mr J C Potts

Manager

1949 to 1960

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1951 to 1952 Mr B G Robson joined the bank here MBM-Sp65P09.jpg

1960 to 1963 Mr T A Douglas Manager MBM-Sp68P04.jpg

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

1965 Miss A Thompson MBM-Au65P12.jpg

1965 Miss J Rogers MBM-Au65P12.jpg

1965 Miss M J Finlay MBM-Au65P12.jpg

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Mr B G Robson

Joined the Bank Here

1951 to 1952

Mr T A Douglas

Manager

1960 to 1963

Mr J R W Burnett

Manager

1963 to 1967

Miss A Thompson

On the Staff

1965

Miss J Rogers

On the Staff

1965

Miss M J Finlay

On the Staff

1965

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1965 Mr W Marley MBM-Au65P12.jpg

1967 Mr MS Blaylock Manager MBM-Sp67P05.jpg

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BW Logo

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Mr W Marley

On the Staff

1965

Mr M S Blaylock

Manager

1967 onwards

 

 

 

 

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BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

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MARTINS BANK LIMITED

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

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Title:

Type:

Address:

Index Number and District:

Hours:

 

Telephone:

Services:

Manager:

Martins Bank Limited 11-88-00 Blyth

Full Branch

Waterloo Road Blyth Northumberland

387 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Blyth 3141

Nightsafe Installed

Mr M S Blaylock Manager

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1924

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

10 July 1970

opened by Bank of Liverpool and Martins Limited

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-10-58 Blyth Waterloo Road

Closed

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