Eligible Properties - Portaferry Townscape Heritage Initiative

Address:  1 The Square
Owner: Mr Harry Anderson
Cluster: The Square
Existing Use:  Commercial / Residential
Occupancy:  50%
Date of Construction: 1936
Heritage Merit: Conservation Area
Listed Building Reference: Not Applicable
Brief History:

Former bank operated by the Belfast Banking Company. The bank originally operated from premises in the Strand from 1865 before relocating to this purpose built building in the Square in 1936. The site was previously occupied by the Nugent Hotel. The Belfast Banking Company was later taken over by the Ulster Bank and then the Northern Bank which took over the premises in 1972, whilst at the same time vacating its premises on the opposite side of the High Street. The bank closed in 2008. The Patrick O’Hare map of 1799 shows the site to be occupied by a building fronting onto the Market Square then occupied by a Widow Watson.