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North Eastern Banking Company

Martins Bank Magazine spends much of the 1960s showcasing brand-new branches of the Bank that sprang up from nowhere several times a year, all over the country.  In 1964 and in a sudden fit of remorse, the editor becomes “increasingly burdened with the thought that through limitations of space we are unable to cover some of the less fortunate offices”.  Attempting to right this wrong, the Magazine then decides to feature a number of the older branches from the Newcastle area. Some of these – including Wingrove Branch – were also lucky enough to have been given an extensive makeover. 

In Service: 1905 until 27 January 2022


Image © Barclays Ref 0030-2021

Sadly there is little substance in the text of the article, despite the inclusion of FIVE pictures of the branch… Therefore we have those to enjoy along with our “then and now” feature…

Wingrove Exterior Before…

…and after

Images © Martins Bank Archive Collections

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1964 01 MBM.jpgBefore visiting Newcastle upon Tyne in November, we spoke to Mr Weatherill, the District General Manager, and explained our wish to see a cross-section of branch life on Tyneside, from the bright and shining new building to the other sort- the sort which through age, lack of space, inadequacy of staff facilities or siting was marked down for reconstruction.  Our first call was at Wingrove which, internally, is virtually a new branch.


Wingrove Interior Before…

… and after

As temporary premises were available across the road during the transformation, the staff were spared the discomfort of dust, grit, drilling and thuds. Sometimes, in our more villainous moments, we have wondered whether being compelled to work at a branch during the demolition of a strongroom might be used as a punishment or even as an incentive to more rapid progress in the Banking Diploma: transfer from such a place before work started could then become a form of reward.  We realise, of course, that it would not work: it would be most unfair on the senior staff and on the girls in particular. We spent longer than we had intended at Wingrove with Mr N L Watson and his staff, who are a very cheerful crew…”

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Martins Bank Colleague Paul Thompson has supplied us with a number of contemporary images of North Eastern District Branches. Here we see Newcastle upon Tyne Westgate Road – Wingrove Branch – at its best in the 1960s, and not looking too bad today either…

Image © Barclays Ref 0030-2021

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections - 2015 Paul Thompson

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1934 to 1935 Mr J Harbit joined the bank here MBM-Wi68P06.jpg

1939 to 1939 Mr G R Taylor MBM-Wi65P03.jpg

1946 to 1946 Mr G B Varty MBM-Sp67P07.jpg

1950 to 1964 Mr N L Watson Manager MBM-Wi64P54.jpg






Mr A E Blaylock

Joined the Bank here


Mr J P Cotton


1933 to 1950

Mr J Harbit

Joined the Bank here

1934 to 1935

Mr G R Taylor

On the Staff

1939 to 1939

Mr G B Varty

On the staff

1946 to 1946

Mr N L Watson


1950 to 1964

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1961 to 1962 Mr A Dodd joined the bank here and 1964 to 1967 MBM-Sp68P07.jpg

1964 Miss D L Jackson MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Miss D Robson MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Miss M Crump MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Miss T Fennessy MBM-Sp64P13.jpg






Mr A Dodd

Joined Here 1962 to 1962

On the Staff 1964 to 1967

Miss D L Jackson

On the Staff


Miss D Robson

On the Staff


Miss M Crump

On the Staff


Miss T Fennessy

On the Staff


Mr A W Warburton

On the Staff


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1964 Mr C B Smith MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Mr D M Gresley-Grey MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Mr G F L Pearson MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Mr M Gibbney MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Mr RJ Pearson Manager MBM-Wi64P07.jpg






Mr C B Smith

On the Staff


Mr D M Gresley-Grey

On the Staff


Mr G F L Pearson

On the Staff


Mr Michael Gibbney

On the Staff


Mr R J Pearson


1964 onwards

Mr W Teasdale

Limited Authority

1965 to 1969

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Paul Thompson

Joined the Bank here

Feb to May 1968










Index Number and District:






11-56-90 Newcastle Wingrove

Full Branch

446 Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne 4

370 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Newcastle 33967

Nightsafe Installed

Mr R J Pearson Manager


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Wingrove West Oakwood Temp


7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

27 January 2022

Opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-59-97 Newcastle-u-Tyne Wingrove

Closed permanently from 12 noon