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Bank of Liverpool and Martins

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This is the kind of nostalgic image we love – providing a small glimpse into the way the streets around the branches of Martins Bank looked at a particular point in time and helping us to imagine how they have changed down the years.  South Shields Westoe is a sub-branch to South Shields King Street and opens in 1927. 

During World War II it is closed in 1942 and is reopened in 1947.  As explained in our MARTINS AT WAR features, staffing the Bank’s Branches with so many away at war is difficult, and despite having an army of capable lady managers and clerks in charge, there are still not enough to keep every branch open.  

In Service: 9 August 1927 until 31 December 1971

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1940 s South Shields Westoe Exterior BGA Ref 30-3176.jpg 

Image © Barclays Ref 0030/3176

Looking at the opening hours we have on record for the 1960s, it looks as though the number of staff at Westoe may have comprised only two clerks or even one plus a guard, as the branch closes for a full hour at lunchtime.  This may well be to assist with the transport of work to be processed at the main branch.  Westoe is taken over by Barclays in 1969, but only lasts another year or two before they decide to close it in 1971.  In another remark that is definitely “of its time” Martins Bank Magazine reports that Mr J A Sutherland – the very first Clerk in Charge at Westoe, who can be seen in our staff gallery below - is “affectionately known as Darkie”…

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1927 to 1932 Mr J A Sutherland Clerk in charge MBM-Sp61P53.jpg

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Mr J A Sutherland

Clerk in Charge

1927 to 1932










Index Number and District:






11-15-51 South Shields Westoe             

Sub to 11-15-51 South Shields

36 Dean Road Westoe South Shields County Durham

338 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1200 and 1300-1400

Saturday 0930-1100

South Shields 63136

Counter Service Only

Mr G B Varty Manager (South Shields)


South Shields Tyne Dock

9 August 1927

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

31 December 1971

Opened by Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-80-46 South Shields King Street


Southampton Above Bar


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