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701 Bristol Road South, Birmingham B31 2JT
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Northfield was one of the twelve part-time, evening-opening branches that formed part of the new Bank's network on September 1st 1919. Opening hours were 18:00 to 19:30 on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Business was transacted in a room in the Northfield Institute in Church Road, but the accommodation was not sufficiently private. Accordingly, the branch was moved on January 1st 1920, to 756 Bristol Road South (previously known as 187 Bristol Road South), where the small front room of a house was utilised. At that time Northfield and district was sparsely populated compared to other areas, and the amount of business done did not justify three openings per week. From February 4th 1921, the branch only opened on Friday evenings (18:30 to 20:30).
Increased building developments in the area encouraged the Bank to secure part of a plot of land belonging to the City's Electric Supply Department, which adjoined the latter's power sub-station. The Bank's area amounted to 349 square yards and it was purchased for 179. 2. 6d. A contract was agreed with Messrs S F Swift & Son in 1924 for the erection of a new branch (designed by Gerald McMichael) with dwelling accommodation for 2,880. The contract covered a joint building scheme that saw the erection of a combined bank/electricity showroom at 701 Bristol Road South, the Bank's twenty-second permanent branch. Gerald McMichael's original plan was rejected by the Public Works and Town Planning Department as the frontage of the building did not conform to the improvement line. A revised plan incorporated a one-storey extension, with a width of 11-feet, that the Bank agreed would be demolished if a road widening scheme was carried out. These premises were opened by the wife of the Chairman of the Bank (Mrs C T Appleby), on May 1st 1926, with daily opening hours that were different to standard:
    - Monday: 10:00 to 11:30 & 18:00 to 20:00
    - Tuesday: 10:00 to 11:30
    - Wednesday: 10:00 to 14:30
    - Thursday: 10:00 to 12:00
    - Friday: 10:00 to 14:30
    - Saturday: 10:00 to 11:30 & 18:00 to 20:00
  these hours were combined with those of three sub-branches:
    - Rednal (399 Lickey Road): Monday 12:30 to 14:00
    - Rubery (4 Cock Hill Lane): Tuesday 12:30 to 14:00
    - Longbridge (Hawkesley Hall): Saturdays 12:30 to 14:00
1930: Rednal and Rubery offices were combined to a new location at 1547 Bristol Road South. Opening hours for this sub-branch (known as  Rednal and Rubery) were:
    - Monday: 12:30 to 14:00
    - Tuesday: 12:30 to 14:00
    - Wednesday: 12:30 to 14:00
    - Friday: 12:30 to 14:00
The opening hours for Northfield were shortened to 10:00 to 11:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays to fit in with this new arrangement; the hours for other days remained unchanged.
From July 31st  1931, the evening opening from 18:00 to 20:00 switched from Saturday to Friday, and (at possibly the same date) all other hours are standardised to those of a Daily Branch.
Northfield gradually grew to become one of Birmingham's prime suburbs, and the branch grew correspondingly with almost 15,000 accounts opened by 1942. After the Second World War, business continued to grow and Northfield became one of the Bank's busiest branches.
The temporary premises used for Northfield
branch at 756 Bristol Road South in 1920
below:  The permanent branch, with the unit reserved for the Electricity Showroom on the left:
The branch interior in 1926
Northfield branch as illustrated on the front cover of
the Bank's 1978 Annual Report
the premises are now occupied by a hair salon
and a pizza restaurant
The village of Northfield, situated in Worcestershire, five miles southwest of Birmingham's centre on the main road towards Bromsgrove, Worcester and Bristol, was incorporated into the city in 1911. At the turn of the 19th- and 20th-Centuries, major businesses were established nearby by Cadbury Brothers, Austin Motors, and Kalamazoo. These factories attracted workers to move to the area from the city centre, and large areas of housing were built, mainly in the 1930s. The old village of Northfield (with its ancient church of St Laurence) was bypassed by the turnpike to Bromsgrove - this road (the A38 - Bristol Road) became the centre of Northfield, and this is where the Bank eventually established a permanent branch.
These early 20th-Century photographs show:
 (left) Northfield Village Institute: the location for Northfield branch from September 1st 1919
 (right) Bristol Road South - the view is towards Birmingham's city centre from the junction with Bell Lane and Church Road.
            In 1926 the Bank purchased premises on the left side of this road, probably located just past the second set of blinds
The Lord Mayor (Alderman Percival Bower) speaking at the branch opening,
which is then performed by the Chairman's wife - Mrs C T Appleby
May 1st 1926
1919 - R Judge
1920 - W Hatton
1922 - G O Smith
1926 - E H Viney
1929 to 1931 - G H Humphries
1934 - H E Martin
1937 - G H Humphries
1958 to 1960 - G H Humphries
1961 to 1967 - H G Payne
1969 - H G Corles
1970 - B R Endall
1971 & 1972 - H G Williams
1973 & 1974   - H Calver
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= location of permanent branch at 701 Bristol Road South
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= location of temporary branch at 756 Bristol Road South