1176 Coventry Road, Birmingham B25 8DA
Hay Mills became the Bank's sixteenth permanent branch, as described in Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank:
This branch was opened
in shop premises situate at No. 1087 Coventry Road on the 1st September, 1919. The shop had been used as a hand-laundry, and while
being on the small side it was better than some premises we had used in some other districts. At the commencement the branch was open
every Monday, Friday and Saturday evening until the 22nd October, 1920, when daily openings were arranged. This change did not, however,
prove a success, and on the 8th August, 1921, we altered the attendances to Tuesdays, with Monday and Saturday evenings in addition.
For some reason the branch did not 'take on', and the committee arrived at the conclusion that it was not in the most convenient spot
and that other premises should be obtained. Two shops at Nos. 1176 and 1178 Coventry Road, were purchased and reconstructed.
third time we had a lady opener, the Lady Mayoress (Mrs. Percival Bower) performing the opening ceremony on the 21st March, 1925.
It was very gratifying to have her with us on this occasion, because she had been prevented from discharging many of her duties as
Lady Mayoress owing to ill-health, and her presence that day was regarded as a sign of improving health.
Speaking on this occasion,
the Lord Mayor said Hay Mills was a district which ought to stand well in the records, and while it had not shown that rate of growth
which other areas had, he thought the lack of adequate premises might have something to do with it. The new premises would be an incentive
to the residents to place the branch in a high position amongst the branches of the Bank.
On the night of August 15/16th 1940
the branch sustained slight War Damage
during an air raid. During part of the Second World War, the branch was one of twenty-two offices
that were opened on a restricted basis due to a shortage of staff. Details at Combination of Branches
The above description
of the branch's early history states that the first location was at 1087 Coventry Road. These premises were originally
numbered 50 Coventry Road, but were renumbered to 1087 in about 1922.
The two shops and dwelling houses at 1176 and 1178 Coventry
Road were purchased in 1924 for the sum of £1,350. They were described in a Bank Committee report as follows: Each of the premises
contains a shop, sitting room, three bedrooms and usual out-offices, and electric light is installed in number 1176. The property,
which has a frontage to Coventry Road of approximately 28 feet, is leasehold, with 76 years unexpired, and is subject to an annual
ground rent of £9. Vacant possession can be obtained of the whole of number 1176, and of the shop and sitting room of number 1178.
It is proposed that the present tenant of number 1178 shall be given possession of the available accommodation of both houses
after the Bank requirements have been met, paying in respect thereof a rental of 12s. 6d. per week, inclusive of rates.
with the City's Engineer & Surveyor on June 2nd 1924.
The contractor for the refurbishment of 1176 - 1178 Coventry Road
was E J Briley - the cost being £1,276.
The freehold of the premises was purchased later in 1924 for £270.
1176 & 1178 Coventry Road, prior to reconstruction
Assembled on the branch's doorstep for the opening ceremony on March 21st 1925
(left to right):
J P Hilton - General Manager;
Lady Mayoress and Lord Mayor;
C T Appleby - Chairman
right: The permanent branch after the reconstruction
The crowd entering the branch after
the official opening ceremony
Branch interior: 1925
Hay Mills branch is now home to BASS JUNKIES, and shows few signs of its former use other than
the three windows and the surrounding
Part of the parish of Yardley, Hay Mills became a part of Birmingham in 1911 - the district is located 3½-miles east of the city centre,
on the Coventry Road - an important regional highway that historically provided access to London for Birmingham's merchants. By the
end of the 19th-century, the south side of this road was built up, and by 1911 there was considerable urban development, although
Hay Mills was still separated from its neighbour - Small Heath.
A mixture of industry and working-class housing dominated Hay
Mills as urbanisation of the area was completed after the First World War - major employers being Webster & Horsefall Wireworks
and Reynolds Tube.
= location of branch at 1176 Coventry Road
1919 - P G Teale
1920 - J Kesterton
1921 - F H Whitehouse
1922 - A J Smith
1928 - R H Earp
1929 to 1931 - G F Lewis
1934 - W L
1958 - G W Thomas
1959 to 1963 - N C Goddard
1965 to 1966 - B R Endall
1967 to 1969 - T J Lafford
1970 to 1971 - E G Bignell
- N Slater
1974 - H J Clemmow
1974 - M P Bourke
1976 - R A Bunten
1976 - E L Yates