Dumbell's Banking Co Ltd

Dumbell's Banking Co Ltd (1874-1900), established in Douglas, Isle of Man, was a past constituent of NatWest.

Brief history

This joint stock bank was formed in 1874 to acquire the business of the existing private bank Dumbell, Son & Howard (est. 1853), based in Douglas with branches in Castletown and Ramsey. Its paid-up capital was £60,000.

The bank assumed limited liability in 1874, becoming Dumbell's Banking Co Ltd. In 1899 its balance sheet totalled £1.3 million, but the bank was troubled by substantial bad debts.

In 1900 the bank suspended payments. Its premises and goodwill were acquired by Parr's Bank for £40,300. The bank’s managers were later jailed in connection with the bank’s failure.

Branches: at the time of its suspension of payments in 1900, the bank was operating 4 branches and one sub-branch.

Published histories

  • C Chappell, The Dumbell affair (Prescot: 1981)
  • TE Gregory, The Westminster Bank through a century (London: Oxford University Press, 1936)
  • E Quarmby, Banknotes and banking in the Isle of Man (London: 1994)
  • M Solly, Banks in the Isle of Man (Isle of Man: 1995)

Summary of our archive holdings

Our archival records of Dumbell's Banking Co Ltd have the reference code DUM.

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  • memorandum and articles of association 1874
  • share certificates 1874, 1897
  • circular letter from Bank of Mona 1876
  • half-yearly reports 1879-98
  • share certificate 1897
  • banknotes late 19th cent.
  • presscuttings 1900
  • amalgamation papers 1900

Summary of archive holdings elsewhere

  • Manx National Library and Archives: Correspondence of George Dumbell re establishment of bank 1853-61; miscellaneous personal and business papers of Dumbell family n.d.; balance sheets 1885-99 (Ref: Bridge House Papers MS 4126 C; MD 229; MD 15006).