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The photograph below shows the Broad Street Head Office
shortly after completion in 1933.
 
Right: this 1947 view shows an area of planting in Broad Street, put in place by the Birmingham Parks Department, in front of the Bank's Head Office.
 (Photograph courtesy of Alton Douglas: 'Birmingham in the Forties'
 published by Brewin Books)
 Administration Departments
 Other Departments
 
 
 
 Secretarial Department
 
 Stationery Department
 
This section of the website relates to the buildings in Edmund Street and Broad Street, Birmingham that housed
the Bank's Senior Management, and the following functions:
EDMUND STREET (1919 to 1933)
 
 Historical background  The Bank's use of premises in Edmund Street
 Speeches  Made at the official opening of offices at 6 and 8 Edmund Street
 Photographs of the premises
 6 and 8 Edmund Street
 Photographs of the official opening ceremony  July 6th 1925
Information regarding the Head Office Branch, that was located in the buildings' Banking Halls, is given in the Branches section of the website:
 
EDMUND STREET
 
BROAD STREET
BROAD STREET (1933 to 1979)
 
 Opening Ceremony and Description of the Building
 The new Head Office in Broad Street was opened by
 His Royal Highness The Prince George, KG (see above),
 on November 27th 1933.
 A souvenir booklet issued to commemorate that event
 contained a description of the building, and forms the
 basis for this article
 Photographs
 Views of the new building that were reproduced in
 the souvenir booklet
 Architectural Review
 Article published in The Architect & Building News:
 December 8th 1933
 Plans
 Plans of the building's four floors
 PHOTOGRAPHS:
 The following links are to images of the Broad Street premises, mostly
 as described in the Description of the Building referred to above
 
 Broad Street prior to the building's construction  304 - 308 Broad Street before and after site clearance
 Architect's Drawing  Drawing prior to construction; completed building
 Front Elevation of Head Offices, facing Broad Street  Northern frontage; two views of loggia
 Western Elevation  Side of building used for staff entrance
 Banking Hall - General View  View from customer entrance
 Banking Hall - Counter  Elevated view of counter; counter with security screens
 Banking Hall - Observation Balcony  Two views of the balcony overlooking the Banking Hall
 Banking Hall - Ceiling  Three images of ceiling and skylight
 Banking Hall - Northwest Corner  Shows a baffle that covered a heating duct
 Banking Hall - Arched Openings to surrounding corridors  West side of Banking Hall
 Banking Hall - Bronze Grille Doors  Example of grille accessing surrounding corridors
 Safe Deposit - Entrance Corridor  Bronze grilles and Custodian's desk
 Safe Deposit - Strongroom Door  Three views of door to Safe Deposit strongroom
 Safe Deposit - Interior (1933: 4,640 safes)  Three customers using safes in original layout
 Safe Deposit - Interior (Southwest Corner and post-1947: 10,528 safes)  Comparison of layout before and after 1947 additions
 Safe Deposit - Reference Room  Room available to renters for private use
 Cash Strongroom Door  Closed door view of room that held the branch's cash
 Ground Floor Corridors  Four views of the corridors surrounding Banking Hall
 Ground Floor - Northeast Stairs  Stairs up to the Accounts Department
 Ground Floor - Interview Room  Used for general purpose interviewing
 House Purchase Department - Vestibule  Entrance to House Purchase Department
 House Purchase Department - Office  General view of office
 General Manager's Office  Office on First Floor, west side of building
 Committee Boardroom  Includes view of alterations made in 1980s
 Library  Small room on Second Floor
 Assembly Room  Large room for meetings on Second Floor
 Kitchen and Servery  Facilities used to provide staff lunches, etc
 Caretaker's Flat and Yard  1980s photographs
 Microfilm Unit  Room on Second Floor being used for microfilming
The Images section of the website contains many items relating to Broad Street -
the following selection relate to the Construction and Opening of the building,
and photographs taken as part of the Bank's Golden Jubilee
 
 Image
Number
 1932 - 1933
 Image
Number
 1969
 78
 The Official Opening Ceremony
 28
 House Purchase Department
 99
 T C Howitt, Architect - Broad Street
 29
 Safe Deposit
 100
 Broad Street Design Competition
 30
 Current Accounts Department
 101
 Press Coverage of the Foundation Stone Ceremony
 31
 Banking Hall
 102
 Press Coverage of Broad Street under Construction
 32
 Assembly Room
 103
 Press Coverage of the Official Opening Ceremony
 73
 Training
 104
 Edmund Street to Broad Street - 'The Moonlight Flit'
 48
 Golden Jubilee Formal Dinner - Reception
 105
 The First Customer
 49
 Golden Jubilee Formal Dinner - Assembly Room
 106
 Broad Street - The First Day
 50
 Golden Jubilee Staff Dinner - Reception
   
 51
 Golden Jubilee Staff Dinner - Assembly Room
 
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