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The three-legged Crown Dependency…

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The Latin motto of the Isle of Man is “Quocunque Jeceris Stabit", which translates as “Whichever way you throw it, it will stand”.  This actually refers to the shape of the island (somewhat vaguely) representing the “three legs” of Man. The motto would itself seem to be quite appropriate for Martins Bank’s Isle of Man Branches themselves, given the number of times they have changed hands but remained in service over the years. Today there are branches still operating in Castletown, Douglas and Ramsey, although Douglas and Port Erin were both been moved to new premises, and Port Erin is now closed. In 1900 the branches of the Manx Bank are acquired by the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire. In 1904 the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire is, in its turn, acquired by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank. In 1928 the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank merges with the Bank of Liverpool and Martins, which, becomes simply Martins Bank from that point on. By the end of 1969 – and having spent around seventy years under these varied ownerships – Martins branches on the Isle of Man transfer to Barclays.  Of the original Martins Bank Branches, only Castletown Market Square, and Ramsey Parliament Street are still open today. Douglas Branch was moved to new premises in the 1980s, and the rest were closed by early 2000.

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The issue of money…

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£1 note issued by the Manx Bank around 1895

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£1 Note issued by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

between 1904 and 1928

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£1 note issued by the Mercantile Bank of Lancashire around 1900

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Martins Bank’s £1 note issue (this example from 1957) lasts until a change in Manx Law in 1961

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CASTLETOWN

The Parade

CASTLETOWN

Market Square

DOUGLAS

Victoria St

ONCHAN

Main Road

PEEL

Michael Street

PORT ERIN

Station Road

RAMSEY

Parliament Street

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