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Manx Bank

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The Manx Bank opens a Branch at Peel in 1882, from where there is a Banking service for the next one hundred and eighteen years. Of the six original Manx Bank Branches, only Peel and Ramsey make it to the 21ST Century as Banks, and only Ramsey is open today. Here we have once more the use of a corner aspect - a device used countless times by banks the World over, allowing as it does the chance to have your signage appear in TWO streets at the same time! For our Peel feature, we join Martins Bank Magazine on its tour of the Isle of Man, in July 1950…

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On July 28th we went to Peel. Rain fell in torrents until mid­day, but, just as we were getting there the sun came out hot and dried the roofs and we im­mediately fell in love with the place, with its tortuous streets and old houses, its picturesque ruined castle and its fascinating harbour. 

In Service: 1882 until 7 April 2000

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Image © Barclays Ref: 0030-2239

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This is not the Island of the tripper, with artificial frontage and rows of boarding houses.  Industry is the main preoccupation of Peel and the all-pervading smell of kippers dominates the place. Sunset City, as it is called locally, has all the charm of an almost bygone age, and the sight of the fishermen mending their nets and the gulls wheeling and crying above the harbour wall as the fishing fleet prepares to put to sea makes one feel as though Time had stood still, as though, if one passed that way again fifty years hence, the same sight would greet the eye.

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Mr. F. C. Faragher, Clerk-in-Charge of our branch at Peel since 1923, is very well-known to most of us at Head Office, London Office and elsewhere because it was through his good offices that the regular delivery of kippers was arranged, and at a time when the food situation was more difficult than it is now the weekly consignment was a godsend. Mr. Faragher is happy in his job and the atmosphere of a fishing town suits him admirably for he has the sea in his blood and a passionate love for everything relating thereto. He had the misfortune to be shot through the spine on the Somme towards the end of the First World War and has suffered a great deal of pain and some measure of paralysis ever since, but he is very game and uncomplaining and his customers obviously think a lot of him.

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In the world of banking it is the foreign side of our business which has always fascinated him and it is a pity that his disability is so restricting. He entered the L and Y Bank in 1926 and has been Clerk-in-Charge at Peel since 1933. To assist him he has S. B. Chilcott who entered the service last year. He travels from Douglas each day. While we were in the branch Mr. A. F. Jamieson, Manager of Church Street branch, Liverpool, and his wife, holiday making at Port Erin, called in. Mr. Jamieson and Mr. Faragher were comrades-in-arms in the First World War. After a very pleasant lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Faragher we spent what was left of the afternoon in the castle, returning to Port Erin in the early evening.  After dinner Mr. and Mrs. Kermode came over from Douglas and took us for a forty-mile run through the finest portions of the interior of the Island, finishing shortly before midnight on Douglas Promenade to see the lights in all their dazzling array, but not a patch on the light of the full moon over the dead calm waters of the Bay. Beautiful though they were it was the beauty of the moon we shall most often recall. Then came the drive back to Port Erin, bringing to a close a very happy evening. We were pleased to have the opportunity of calling at Mr. Kermode's home and meeting his other daughter Renee and, incidentally, sampling her excellent cooking. 

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1925 to 1930  Mr F L Flanaghan joined the bank hereMBM-Wi68P54.jpg

1933 to 1959 Mr F C Faragher Clerk in Charge MBM-Au59P55.jpg

1935 to 1940 Mr J E Crowe MBM-Wi63P05.jpg

1951 to 1953 and later 1964 to 1968 Mr JS Quirk Clerk in Charge MBM-Su64P07.jpg

1954 to 1963 Mr A E Costain Manager MBM-Wi63P55

1952 to 1952 joined 1968 to 1969 Mr RA Henry Clerk in Charge MBM-Su68P22.jpg

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Mr F L Flanaghan

Joined the Bank Here

1925 to 1930

Mr F C Faragher

Clerk in Charge

1933 to 1959

Mr J E Crowe

On the Staff

1935 to 1940

Mr J S Quirk

Staff 1951/53

Clerk in Charge


Mr A E Costain

On the Staff

? to 1955

Mr R A Henry

Joined 1952-1952 later

Clerk in Charge 1968/9

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1959 to 1964 Mr A V Gatfield Clerk in Charge MBM-Su64P59.jpg

1969 Mr D Duchars Clerk in Charge MBM-Au69P12.jpg

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Mr A V Gatfield

Clerk in Charge

1959 to 1964

Mr G Duchars

Clerk in Charge

1969 onwards









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Index Number and District:






11-76-60 Peel

Self Account Sub Office

25 Michael Street Peel Isle of Man

88 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0930-1100

Peel 275

Nightsafe Installed

Mr G Duchars Clerk in Charge

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Onchan Isle of Man


12 December 1900

 1 July 1904

3 January 1928

15 December 1969

7 April 2000

Opened by the Manx Bank

Mercantile Bank of Lancashire

Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-66-53 Peel


Port Erin Isle of Man