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177 Station Road, Birmingham B33 8BA
021-783 2445
Stechford branch was first opened in a room in the YMCA Red Triangle Club buildings in Lyttleton Road, Stechford, on Tuesday, September 20th 1921, ("for the convenience of residents in Stechford and Yardley districts"). For the remainder of that first week, the branch was open every evening from 19:00 to 20:30, and then subsequently at the same times each Monday and Saturday. The hours appear to have been extended shortly afterwards to Monday and Saturday Evenings - 18:00 to 20:00. This arrangement was amended to Friday Evenings only (18:00 to 20:00) from January 6th 1923.
On October 9th 1926, the branch was removed to a wooden hut at 177 Station Road - opening hours then reverted to Monday and Saturday Evenings (still 18:00 to 20:00). The temporary wooden building was erected on a plot of land that the Bank Committe had purchased for the purpose. The branch continued to develop and it was decided to build a permanent structure on that site - the 1930 Annual Report stating that 'At Stechford a branch Bank is being erected', and the address in the branch list is given as just 'Station Road', suggesting that the wooden building has been moved to a nearby location during the construction work.
A full-time daily branch was opened at 177 Station Road on November 8th  1930, by the Lord Mayor (Alderman M L Lancaster). This was the last public ceremony performed by Alderman Lancaster during his mayoral year, and it was recalled during the proceedings that it was in Stechford that he had first taken up public work. The official proceedings began with tea being served to invited guests at the YMCA hut. The Bank's Chairman (Sir Percival Bower) presided, and on behalf of the Bank's Committee, presented the Lord Mayor with a silver cigarette case and silver matchbox, as a souvenir of the occasion. The Lord Mayor stated that he was originally a representative on the Yardley Council, and later represented Yardley on the City Council when the district was absorbed by Birmingham. The Lord Mayor spoke of the remarkable progress made by the Municipal Bank, and added that he knew of no activity in the city which aroused so much interest among visitors to the city as the work of the bank.
The new permanent branch commenced with 1,148 accounts, with balances amounting to 30,413, that had been opened at the temporary premises.
On the night of August 15/16th 1940, the branch sustained slight War Damage during an air raid.
Two aspects of the newly built branch in 1930
branch interior in 1930
below (November 8th 1930):
the Lord Mayor receives the key from Sir Percival Bower to formally open the new premises
The hamlet of Stechford in the parish of Yardley began to attract middle-class Birmingham businessmen to build large houses in the area after a railway station was opened in 1844, about 4 miles east of Birmingham's centre.
Yardley became part of Birmingham in 1911, and both private and public housing developments commenced in the 1920s, assisted by the establishment of a tram route from Birmingham in 1924.
(Right: Stechford Village in the early 20th-Century)
Branch Deposit Balances at March 31st:
1926 - 6,221
1946 - 611,535
1947 - 621,478
Number of Open Accounts at March 31st:
1947 - 5,077 (Savings: 5,012; Mortgage: 65)
Annual Transactions
- Year Ended March 31st 1947: 35,027
Alderman Lancaster
the branch is occupied by a Day Nursery
tea being provided in the YMCA premises prior to the official opening of the branch
1931 - G A Harling
1934 - F H Deville
1958 to 1969 - R G Roberts
1970 to 1972 - H J Clemmow
1974 - M G Crofts
1976 - A Nicol
OpenStreetMap contributors
= location of branch at 177 Station Road