Old Northern Bank

Old Northern Bank, Derry: Address, Phone Number, Old Northern Bank Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Northern Bank
Architectural Buildings

4 reviews
Very good

Niall Doran
Derry, United Kingdom282 contributions
Part of Historic Shipquay Street
Mar 2016 • Solo
This building is not an attraction as such however if you appreciate the historic buildings and heritage of the city as well as Architecture it may be worth taking a photograph or two. This building also currently holds the Free Derry Museum temporarily until their building in the Bogside is renovated. So if your looking for the Free Derry Museum....Here it Is!
Written March 30, 2016
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ronald p
County Londonderry, UK410 contributions
Another great building
Oct 2015 • Solo
I marvel at the craftsmanship that went into creating buildings like this so long ago that stand proud today as they have for so many years.
Written October 23, 2015
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Letterkenny, Ireland12,415 contributions
Temporary home for the Museum of Free Derry
Mar 2015 • Solo
This beautiful old building can be located inside Shipquay Gate, on the corner of Shipquay Street and Bank Place. To the best of my knowledge, it has been lying idle for the last number of years. While walking past today, I noticed that the Free Derry Museum is now there, while their Glenfada building in the Bogside, is being restored. A good opportunity to get inside this building for a gawk.
Written March 9, 2015
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443 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
This building at the bottom of Shipquay Street, at the bottom of the hill is a very old building.
This was built as a bank many years ago and the stone work inside this building is amazing, old
ceilings with beautiful cornices. The ground floor was the Bank and upstairs there is a beautiful
area where the Bank Manager and his wife and family lived. It was tradition for the Bank Manager to live above his Bank for many years but this changed about 30 years ago when these Managers wanted to buy their own homes. The upstairs of these big Banks then became a place to store papers .
This Bank was built by the BELFAST BANKING COMPANY who later in approximately 1970
sold it to the Northern Bank now Danske Bank !!
The architecture both inside and out is beautiful and although now an unused building it still
catches the eye of a tourist.
As a young girl , not long working for this Bank I went to work there in 1967 when it was a very busy Branch and there were at least 38 employees kept very busy all day, no part time workers in those by gone days. We had a Porter who was kept busy running around the town delivering
letters to offices.
Under the building on the side street of Bank Place the Manager had a garage to park his car
and he just stopped his car by the garage and the porter did the rest.
The Bank Manager was always dressed in a tweed type suit with a matching Hat and he referred to his staff as Miss Black, Mr Baxter or Mrs Maxwell, no Joe's or Mary's and we called him Manager, this is all true as I actually was a staff member there for 4 very happy years before I was transferred to another town.
In those days you were NOT ALLOWED to work in your own home town as the towns people did not want their business know although we could not talk about it anyway !
Now this building is owned by a local businessman and nobody knows what will happen within those big doors next.
Stop by and have a look at this building for a few minutes and think of those who worked there and how much money went through those doors many moons ago.
Written July 29, 2013
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