Guernsey Commercial Banking Co Ltd

Guernsey Commercial Banking Co Ltd (1835-1924), established in St Peter Port, Guernsey, was a past constituent of NatWest.

Brief history

This joint stock bank was established in 1835 as Guernsey Commercial Banking Co with a capital of £80,000 of which £20,000 was paid up. The bank issued its own notes.

It opened an agency at Alderney in 1836. In 1852 it erected a purpose-built bank at 33 High Street, which was extensively refurbished in 1875 and extended in 1894. It assumed limited liability in 1912 as Guernsey Commercial Banking Co Ltd, with a capital of £200,000 of which £42,000 was paid up. Deposits were £335,000. Sub-branches were opened at St Sampsons in 1914 and at St Peter-in-the-Wood in 1922. The bank was acquired by Westminster Bank Ltd in 1924.

Branches: The bank opened 3 branches or agencies between 1835 and 1924. In 1924 2 branches and one agency were operating.

Summary of our archive holdings

Our archival records of Guernsey Commercial Banking Co have the reference code GCB.

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Corporate records

  • correspondence re Bank of England account 1835
  • letterbooks 1835-46
  • directors’ meeting minute books: 1835-1924, rough 1835-1924
  • letter from London agent 1866
  • deed of incorporation 1873
  • amalgamation papers 1924

Customer records

  • signature book c.1894-19(15)
  • credit slip n.d.

Note issue records

  • register of banknotes 1835-c.83
  • banknote issue ledger 1835-1946
  • banknotes 1868, 1913-21