Days when all Offices of the Bank are Closed
Each edition of the Bank's Annual Reports from 1927 until 1966 contained a statement specifying the days each year that the Bank's
branches were closed. The 1927 Report showed these details on the front page
The days when all offices were closed included March 31st, to enable the Bank's staff to carry out the Annual Balance
March 31st fell on a Saturday (as it did in 1923 and 1928) branches remained open and the Annual Balance work was done the following
day. This practice changed in 1931 and branches closed when March 31st in subsequent years fell on a Saturday.
The following statement
appeared in the 1931 Report, and this was the pattern used for future Reports. 1931 also saw a change relating to late night
The statement in the 1965 Report (below) reflects the fact that the date of the August Bank Holiday had been amended from the First
to the Last day of the month. This was the beginning of a trial period that lasted until 1970, the last day in August becoming a statutory
Bank Holiday from 1971, following the passing of the Banking and Financial Dealing Act. However, the Bank discontinued the practice
of specifying the 'Days when all Offices of the Bank are Closed' from 1967.
The closure of branches for Annual Balance administrative reasons continued until computerisation
of the Bank's accounting records
made such closure unnecessary. The remaining days of closure encompassed Bank Holidays (days specified by the Bank Holidays Act
1871: Easter Monday; Whit Monday; First Monday in August; Boxing Day), Public Holidays (days recognised as common law holidays since
before records began: Good Friday; Christmas Day) and days associated with Bank Holidays that were designated by the Birmingham
Municipal Bank as additional holidays for its staff (the Saturday prior to Easter Sunday; the day following Whit Monday; the day after
the First Monday in August).
On the occasion of the funeral of King George V (January 28th 1936) the Bank's offices were closed
as detailed in the following notice placed in the Evening Despatch:
During the Second World War
, late night opening was suspended. The 'Black-out' Regulations made the provision of the late night facility
(on Monday and Friday evenings) difficult - instead Saturday opening was extended from 1pm to 4pm. The following statement in the
1941 Report shows these amended hours, but notes that opening hours and days of closure are 'Subject to modification'.
Being a moveable feast, the date of Easter can vary between March 22nd and April 25th, with the result that in some years the
celebration coincided with the Bank's Annual Balance on March 31st. Such a situation occured in 1959, and the following circular
to branches details how the Annual Balance work was interrupted.
Depositors were advised of a forthcoming closure for any of the above reasons by means of a printed notice displayed in all branch
offices. An example of one of these notices is shown at All by Hand!