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 DUDDESTON
15
7th
 
117 Great Lister Street, Birmingham
 
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1923
 
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Although not justifying a full-time daily branch at September 1st 1919, the inner-city Duddeston area provided sufficient demand for opening hours in excess of the weekly four-and-a-half hours of the part-time evening branches. By the same staff working in conjunction with Saltley branch, an alternate daily branch was conducted at 117 Great Lister Street. (Duddeston: Mondays; Wednesdays; Fridays - Saltley: Tuesdays; Thursdays; Saturdays). Great Lister Street was a main thoroughfare in a district densely populated with poor quality, back-to-back houses.
 
In contrast with the sober surroundings of private houses, institute rooms, and a library, as used for temporary accommodation by other early branches, Duddeston had the distinction of starting life in a former public house. The brass rails, high bar counter, the familiar seats, the old bar-parlour and smoke-room, and embossed trade designs in the windows, all provided reminders that this used to be the Highland Laddie. When the opportunity arose to purchase the old pub and the adjoining house, it was possible to make slight alterations to provide more room, but nothing substantial was possible, owing to the operations of the Rent Restrictions Act.
 
But the branch developed rapidly, and the hours were extended, from April 12th 1920, to:
 - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.....10:00 to 14:30
 - Saturdays...................................................10:00 to 13:00
 - Monday and Saturday Evenings..............17:30 to 19:30
Tuesdays were then added to the days of business, and from November 1st 1920, Duddeston (and from the same date, Saltley) became a full-time daily branch.
 
With depositorship still progressing, a substantial reconstruction scheme was decided upon. During these alterations (which commenced on September 1st 1922), business was conducted in the front room of 119 Great Lister Street. Upon completion of the reconstruction, the branch was formally opened on March 17th 1923, by the Lady Mayoress (Mrs David Davis), in the presence of a large crowd. The Lord Mayor and Neville Chamberlain also attended the opening ceremony. Duddeston became the Bank's seventh permanent branch.
 
Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank included the following, regarding the opening ceremony:
Speaking on this occasion, the Vicar of Duddeston appeared in the role of prophet, for he said that in a few years the deposits in the Bank would be ten million pounds. Well, we have not quite reached that figure, but we are in sight of eight million, so the Vicar can congratulate himself on his forecast.* A generous and public-spirited action must be recorded in connection with this opening ceremony. Mr Alfred Ford, a well-known builder, had announced his intention of opening accounts for eighty-two boy scouts, who were lined up near the entrance doors. As soon as business commenced these scouts filed up to the counter to receive from the hands of the Lady Mayoress, the Lord Mayor, and Mr Neville Chamberlain, their pass books.
 
 (* Total Bank balances due to Depositors passed 10 million in February 1929.)
 
Extension of the branch into the adjoining house was completed in 1927.
 
The branch was subject to a raid by armed robbers in 1960.
 
The 1963 Annual Report stated that 'The present Duddeston Branch in Great Lister Street is shortly to be demolished under the Nechells Green Re-development Scheme and the business will be transferred to premises in the new Vauxhall Road Shopping Centre.' The new address was 52 Revesby Walk; the modern design incorporated a feature previously unheard of - carpets! The new premises were formally opened by Councillor Mrs E L Hobson on July 26th 1963.
The Highland Laddie public house prior to its use by the Bank, and (showing few alterations) when used as temporary bank premises
The crowd assembled for the official opening of the permanent branch on March 17th 1923 (branch commemoration tablet - below), includes some of the Boy Scouts referred to above. The branch was located at the corner of Great Lister Street and Little Francis Street
(right of photograph)
Above: Distinguished guests inside the branch during the official opening ceremony include Neville Chamberlain
 
Right: Interior of Duddeston in 1923
below:
Following a second reconstruction to incorporate 119 Great Lister Street, these photograph show the branch
(with Great Lister Street on the left, and Little Francis Street on the right), and the revised interior. (August 3rd 1927)
Replacement premises: 1963
 
The party assembled for the opening
of the new office includes (from left):
  first - Jack Raftery  (Deputy General Manager);
  third - Mrs E L Hobson (Chairman);
  fourth - Jack Sutherland (General Manager)
 
Interior of the branch, viewed from
the staff side of the counter (below - left)

Interior of the branch, viewed from
the customer side of the counter (below - right)
The window behind the counter proved to be a design fault from a security aspect - robbers smashed through it, traumatising the staff,
in the 1980s.
The branch's Commemoration Tablet can be seen on the left wall, just behind the counter. The wording of this Tablet reflected the history of the branch premises:
'THE ORIGINAL DUDDESTON BRANCH WAS OPENED ON 17th MARCH 1923 AND AS A RESULT OF REDEVELOPMENT OF THIS
AREA THE BUSINESS WAS TRANSFERRED TO THESE PREMISES WHICH WERE OPENED BY COUNCILLOR MRS E L HOBSON, JP, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON 26th JULY 1963'
From 1963:
52 Revesby Walk, Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4LG
021-359 2505
Branch Deposit Balances at March 31st:
1921 - 40,992
1926 - 198,593
1946 - 647,105
1947 - 664,542
 
Number of Open Accounts at March 31st:
1920 - 1,015
1927 - 8,966
1947 - 9,764
    (Savings: 9,753; Mortgages: 11)
 
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Managers:
1919 - 1921 H H Crump
1926 - A J Smith
1928 & 1929 - E Price
1930 & 1931 - L A Wright
1934 - W James
1958 to 1960 - N R Barnsley
1961 to 1964 - J E Ager
Average Weekly Transactions:
1920 - 192
1927 - 998
 
Annual Transactions
- Year Ended March 31st 1947: 33,563
OpenStreetMap contributors
= location of the second permanent branch at 52 Revesby Walk.
   Great Lister Street (location for the first permanent office) is at the northern edge of the map. 
1965 - N Slater
1965 - N A Worwood
1966 to 1970 - E B Spencer
1971 - A Reed
1973 - L G Sharrard
1976 - D J Chapman
1976 - D W Hoccom
1977 - J M Longfils (Mrs)
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