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1922 Castletown Branch as L & Y Bank CU PASep 1.jpg

Manx BankThe Manx Bank opens Branches across the Isle of Man in 1882. They are run by that Bank for eighteen years before it is taken over by the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire in 1900. A subsequent change of owner sees the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank taking over in 1904, and that is how the Isle of Man Branches find their way into the modern day Martins Bank. By the early 1920s the Lancashire and Yorkshire is responsible for six offices Castletown Douglas, Onchan, Peel, Port Erin, and Ramsey.

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Today just three remain open, operated by Barclays, at Ramsey Douglas and Castletown. The original Branch at Castletown is housed in this three story building in The Parade, just to the edge of the Market Square from where Castletown Branch operates today under Barclays. This image comes from the W N Townson Bequest to Martins Bank Archive, and dates from around 1922. By 1933 it is clear that larger premises are necessary, and Martins moves the business to NO 1 MARKET SQUARE. There are no internal images of the original branch, but we do have the photographs of two members of staff who worked there, and these are shown in the gallery below.

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1922 to 1925 Mr A V Gatfield joined the bank here MBM-Su64P59.jpg

1925 to 1932 Mr S Webster joined the bank here MBM-Au69P56.jpg

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Mr A V Gatfield

Joined the Bank Here

1922 to 1925

Mr S Webster

Joined the Bank here

1925 to 1932









Index Number and District:






79-014 Castletown

Sub to Douglas

The Parade Castletown Isle of Man

87 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0930-1100

No Telephone

Counter Service

Mr J J Costain (1922)



12 January 1900

1 July 1904

3 January 1928


opened by the Manx Bank

Mercantile Bank of Lancshire

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Moved from The Parade to 1 Market Square


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