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North Eastern Banking Company

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Jarrow Branch is opened in 1872 by the North Eastern Banking Company.  It is one of a number of branches in the North East visited by Martins Bank Magazine in the Spring of 1964.  On this occasion, nothing is written about the branch or its staff, so all we have are images of the branch, and a selection of staff pictures shown in our gallery below.

If you have any stories or memories of Jarrow Branch, please do get in touch with us at the usual address .  Until 1930, the town of Jarow has TWO branches of Martins, when the second, situated in Ormonde Street is closed. At this point the Bank is consolidating its branch network for the first time since the creation of the modern day Martins in 1928, and paving the way for the building of a new Head Office in Liverpool, and the rebuilding of 68 Lombard Street, London.  In 1965, Jarrow Branch is given an extensive makeover, re-opening in January 1966 after work is completed.  At some point after the merger with Barclays, the address of the Branch is re-designated 74/76 Ellison Street from where the Bank continues to trade until June 2020…

In Service: 6 August 1872 until 19 June 2020


Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1439

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Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1439


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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030-1439

An unwelcome intrusion

In the days when a local newspaper can still bring you the day’s news “up to the minute”, the evening edition of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 2 September 1963, has the latest on a daring attempted raid on Martins Bank’s Jarrow Branch. Sadly the image printed in the newspaper of the area to the rear of the branch cannot be clearly reproduced.

{Police were today hunting thieves who tried to blast open the strongroom of a Jarrow bank.  The raiders fled after blowing a small hole in the bank wall. they left behind tools, including hammers, chisels and drill.  The break-in at Martins Bank in ellison Street was discovered by a patrolling policeman. He found a side door open. The gang had scaled a 13-foor wall at the back of the bank and climbed up the fire escape. They then removed slates from the roof, which was being repaired, and dropped into a passage below.

A MESS: A bank official said today: “When I arrived everything was in a mess. I can’t tell how much money there was in the strongroom. We have our own security arrangements. The matter is now in the hands of the police”.  A senior police officer said: “The raiders had apparently worked for some time on the wall, but we do not know why they left. It may be that they were disturbed or became discouraged”}.

Newcastle Evening Chronicle 02/09/1963

Image © Trinity Mirror

Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image reproduced with kind permission

of The British Newspaper Archive

A manager to the very end…

It is not often that we come across details of members of the Bank’s staff whose career was spent working for one or more of the earlier incarnations of the bank.  We were delighted when Babs Ludbrook contacted the Archive about her Great Grandfather, Mr James William Chater (pictured, left). He was made Manager at Ormonde Street in 1877 when the branch was part of the banking company, Messrs Dale, Young and Co., South Shields. 

Mr Chater worked for over forty years as Manager first in Ormonde Street, later managing both Jarrow Branches. His career spanned a period up to and beyond the time that Dale Young and Co was merged with the North Eastern Bank, AND the subsequent merger of the North Eastern with the Bank of Liverpool.  Mr Chater died in the service of the Bank in 1916, and although his age was recorded as 63, it turns out that he had been a little economical with the truth on his marriage certificate, decreasing his actual age by three years.  He was born in 1850, and so was actually 66 when he died.  Babs thinks this may well have been a way of making his 23-year-old bride believe he was only 41, whereas he was really 44!   Mr Chater was well liked by the Jarrow community and worked especially hard to help establish the Jarrow Ambulance Van Scheme. You can read more about this, and see further images relating to James William Chater on our JARROW ORMONDE STREET page.

A page from the Order of the Burial of

the Dead, filled out in Mr Chater’s name.

Image © Martins Bank Archive Collections

Babs Ludbrook

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Shields Daily News – 26/02/1916

Image © Johnstone Press.

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Image reproduced with kind permission

of The British Newspaper Archive

The wording of Mr Chater’s Obituary from the Shields Daily News shown here, is a little difficult to read, so we have reproduced it below.

{The death of Mr James William Chater has occurred at his residence, North-Eastern-Bank, Ellison street, Jarrow, at the age of 63 years. Mr Chater, who was a native of South Shields, settle in Jarrow as Manager for Messrs Dale, Young and Nelson, bankers, in Ormonde Street, nearly 40 years ago.

He remained as Manager when this business became incorporated in that of the North-Eastern Banking Company, and some years ago was transferred to the Ellison Street Branch, which latterly has been included in the business of the Liverpool Banking Company.

Mr Chater was brought into very close touch with the business people of the town, amongst whom he was highly esteemed.  He was also a Freemason, and attained to high offices in the craft.  A keen lover of music, Mr Chater was associated with many musical organisations, and frequently contributed to entertainments.

Otherwise he was entirely centred in his business. Through this, however, he became closely associated with public funds, for which he acted as treasurer. He was one of the founders of the Jarrow Ambulance Van Committee, of which he was treasurer. The deceased leaves a widow and six children. The internment will take place on Tuesday, the cortege leaving the residence at 3 p.m.}

1904 to 1912 Mr S Harvey Cashier MBM-Sp48P09.jpg

1916 to 1919 Mr N H Marsh joined the bank here MBM-Sp60P44.jpg

1920 Mr E F B Middleton joined the bank here MBM-Wi65P51.jpg

1921 to 1930 Mr C V H Vincent Manager MBM-Sp47P42.jpg






Mr Septimus Harvey


1904 to 1912

Mr N H Marsh

Joined the Bank here

1916 to 1919

Mr E F B Middleton

Joined the Bank Here


Mr J Richley

Joined the Bank Here


Mr C V H Vincent


1921 to 1930

Mr H G D Middleton


1938 to 1945

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1942 to 1943 Mr V Young MBM-Su64P05.jpg

1959 to 1965 Mr G R Taylor Manager MBM-Wi65P03.jpg

1964 Miss M Smith MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Mr A Gibson MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1964 Mr D J Robinson MBM-Sp64P13.jpg






Mr V Young

On the Staff

1942 to 1943

Mr G R Taylor


1959 to 1965

Miss J Watson

On the Staff


Miss M Smith

On the Staff


Mr A Gibson

On the Staff


Mr D J Robinson

On The Staff


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1964 Mr T D Eggleston MBM-Sp64P13.jpg

1965 Mr W McCullagh Manager MBM-Wi65P02.jpg






Mr T D Eggleston

On the Staff


Mr W McCullagh


1965 Onwards

















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Index Number and District:






11-98-40 Jarrow Ellison Street

Full Branch

68 Ellison St Jarrow County Durham

324 North Eastern

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

Jarrow 897517

Nightsafe Installed

Mr W McCullagh Manager






6 August 1872

7 August 1914

18 December 1918

3 January 1928

15 December 1969


19 June 2020

opened by the North Eastern Banking Company

Bank of Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool and Martins

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-44-96 Jarrow

Renumbered 74/76 Ellison Street

Closed permanently from 12 Noon

Jarrow Ormonde Street