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 QUINTON
42
53rd
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835a Hagley Road West, Birmingham B32 1AE
021-422 2763
Q
1937

Quinton branch was originally opened in the Church Schools on Monday, February 6th 1922, as an Evening Branch for an hour (19:30 to 20:30) on each Monday. The branch was staffed by two officers, probably recruited for the purpose from another Corporation department. In May 1924, the General Manager reported to the Bank's General Purposes Committee that this arrangement was unsatisfactory and that it would be preferable to switch to Friday nights when permanent Bank officers would be available. Friday opening commenced in July  1924 and the hour of business was now 19:00 to 20:00.

 

In October 1925 the General Manager reported that "An opportunity has arisen of renting the shop portion of the premises which have for some time been used as a Post Office, on the main road. This is an infinitely better arrangement than continuing work of this Evening Branch in the local school, and ...... I have arranged for the tenancy to be effected at a rental of 10/- per week inclusive, to take effect as soon as the Post Office people remove, from which date the present tenancy with the School Authority will cease." Business was transferred to 787 Hagley Road West (better known as the Old Post Office) on October 9th 1926.

 

This better location resulted in increased business and the General Manager reported to the General Purposes Committee on October 10th 1927:

 

"This Branch is open every Friday evening from 7 to 8 o'clock, and difficulty is being experienced in dealing with the transactions in this limited time. 

"During the year ended September 30th 1927 the transactions have been as follows:

     Deposits      1,717

     Withdrawals   285

     Rates                  4

     Water                70

     Dust Bins            1

     Gas                 129

     Total             2,206 

"Eliminating Good Friday, the average works out at 43 transactions per evening, but this average has been higher of late. On August 26th, for instance, there were 72 transactions. The district is developing, although most of it is on the side of the road which is outside the City area. 

"It would appear desirable to provide extended facilities, either by increasing the hours on the Friday evening or altering the openings to Saturday and Monday evenings from 6 to 8, which policy has been usually adopted elsewhere. It scarcely seems worthwhile adding another hour on Friday with the possibility of later having to open on Saturdays and Mondays. 

"There is also the question of requiring the staff to work an additional evening per week, which I do not consider is reasonable. 

"I suggest, therefore, that commencing with November the Quinton Branch be opened from 6 to 8 on Saturdays and Mondays, and the Friday opening be dropped."

 

As a consequence of this review, from Monday, October 31st 1927, evening opening from 18:00 to 20:00 was provided on Mondays and Saturdays. However, from 1932, the same hours were operated on Mondays and Fridays.

 

From  1936, Quinton was still opening on Mondays and Fridays, but in addition to the evening hours of 18:00 to 20:00, the branch was also open from 10:00 to 14:30. The Annual Report for that year stated that:  Negotiations have been completed for the purchase of a site at Quinton at the junction of Hagley Road West and College Road, and building operations will shortly be commenced with a view to providing daily Bank facilities instead of the present Evening Bank.

 

At about this time, an article in the local press regarding the Quinton Improvement Scheme on the 'old turnpike road' stated that: We understand that in connection with the development to be undertaken, there is to be erected an imposing building for a branch of the Birmingham Municipal Bank. It will be at the corner of College Road. Mr J A Swan who designed the cemetery chapel at Quinton, and who has been highly commended for so worthy interpreting the wishes of the city authorities, and indeed, of all who appreciate the quiet and reposeful character of the buildings within God's acre, has been given the commission for this important work.

 

The temporary accommodation at 787 Hagley Road West was finally replaced by a purpose-built branch at  835a Hagley Road West; this was opened by the Lord Mayor (Alderman H Roberts) at 5:30pm on Monday, September 20th 1937. From this date, full-time daily opening hours applied. The architect, James A Swan, designed the premises to also include a shop and a first floor flat; the contractors were Messrs C Bryant and Son Ltd. The premises were described at the time as having a principal elevation .... designed in the eighteenth-century style in simple effective masses, chiefly of Portland stone with mellow brown facing bricks and tiled roof. Mahogany is used chiefly for internal woodwork. The floor is terrazzo marble. At the date of the transfer of business from the temporary to the permanent premises, the branch had 2,094 depositors with credit balances amounting to 136,720. Transactions during the final twelve months at the temporary premises totalled 11,500.

 

The 15-year period that Quinton had served as a part-time branch, was the longest 'trial' of any branch that was firstly opened on a restricted basis to test demand for the Bank's services. (See Statistics relating to the initial years that the branch operated Part-Time.)

 

In 1939, the City's Public Works Department wished to widen Hagley Road West, and the Bank sold 258-square yards of its land for the sum of 258, to assist with that project. During the Second World War, the branch was only open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The actual dates when the restriction applied are unknown, but this part-time working was listed in the Bank's Annual Reports for 1941 and 1942. See Combination of Branches.

The new premises in 1937
below (September 20th 1937):
The Lord Mayor and Chairman arrive for the opening of the new premises
below:
The Lord Mayor performs the opening ceremony
The assembled crowd observing the opening ceremony
Business commences in the new premises
Branch interior in 1937
2010:
the premises are now home to the 'The Nursery'
Situated on the ridge of Mucklow Hill at the western edge of Birmingham, Quinton at 731-feet above sea level is the highest inhabited area in the city. Quinton, at the request of its own residents, became part of Birmingham in 1909. Its population of about 1,000 people were keen to take advantage of Birmingham's excellent water supply, while Birmingham's civic leaders had plans to utilise Quinton's farmlands for housing. In 1913, the first Town Planning Scheme in England was approved by the Government - it applied to Birmingham's scheme for the Quinton, Harborne, and Edgbaston areas. Widespread building of both private and council houses took place in the era between the wars, the building of the first thousand council houses commencing in 1919 as part of the city's commitment to the Government's 'Homes for Heroes' policy. The branch's development mirrored the progress of Quinton from rural Worcestershire village to Birmingham suburb.
An early 20th-Century view of Hagley Road West, Quinton, looking towards Halesowen. The junction with College Road on the left is the future site for the BMB's 53rd permanent branch in 1937.
The M5 Motorway now bisects this peaceful scene 
 
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Managers:
1934 - W E Jackson
1958 - (Miss) E Bullock
1959 & 1960 - A H F Giddings
1963 to 1972 - P J Condon
1972 - W M Eley
Branch Deposit Balances at March 31st:
 1946 - 969,744
 1947 - 1,052,195
 
Open Accounts at March 31st 1947:
Deposit Accounts - 6,127
Mortgage Accounts - 98
 
Transactions - Year Ended March 31st 1947: 38,369
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= location of permanent branch at 835a  Hagley Road West
The Bank's Chairman speaking at a tea held prior to the branch's opening
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