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The following Minutes have been extracted from the records
of the Bank's General Committee and its Sub-Committees.
 
The Minutes cover the period when the Bank was establishing a branch network, mostly in temporary accommodation, but eventually in permanent premises. In the case of Handsworth, the branch was initially opened in a room in Handsworth Council offices. After four years, a site at the corner of Soho Road and Grove Lane was purchased and the Bank's first purpose built branch was constructed.
The branch was opened in these premises on May 17th 1924.
 
Premises
 
 
Handsworth
 

Bank Committee: January 5th 1920

 

Report of Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Rental of premises, Aston and Handsworth Council Houses.

The rental of these premises has now been agreed with the Public Works Department at £50 per annum in each case.

 

 

Bank Committee: February 2nd 1920

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Handsworth premises.

The City Surveyor is desirous of obtaining part of the land at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road for the purpose of street widening; and as the owner of the land is favourable to the Bank purchasing the remainder, the City Surveyor has been asked to negotiate with the owner with a view to purchasing the whole of the plot, the Bank to take what he does not require for street widening.

 

Bank Committee: May 3rd 1920

 

475 The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth.

 

The City Surveyor attended the last Meeting of your Sub-Committee and explained the proposals with reference to this land. The area which it was proposed should be allocated for Bank purposes was 238 square yards, which would involve the Bank Committee in an expenditure of £631, as their share of the purchase money.

 

The matter was discussed at some length, and it was arranged that the City Surveyor should prepare alternative plans of proposed bank premises showing in one case Bank premises only and in the other case premises with Manager's house attached. The Surveyor also promised to notify the Manager immediately in the event of the owner requiring the Corporation to purchase at short notice.

 

Bank Committee: May 14th 1920

 

The City Surveyor attended and explained the proposals with reference to the land at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth. The portion of land available for Bank purposes after utilising that required for street widening would be 238 square yards and the proportion to cost of the purchase money payable by the Bank would be £631.

 

The City Surveyor also submitted alternative plans of suggested buildings for Bank purposes. He stated that the cost of a suitable building on this site would be from £6000 to £8000, according to requirements.

 

After discussion, it was

489 RESOLVED:- That the Public Works Committee be informed that in the event of the proposed purchase of land at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, being carried into effect this Committee agree to the proposal to allocate for Bank purposes 238 square yards of such land at the proportionate cost to the Bank of £631.

 

490 RESOLVED:- That the question of erecting Bank premises on the site at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, above referred to be deferred for the present.

 

Bank Committee: June 7th 1920

 

514a The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was received:

 

Land, corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth.

 

With reference to your Committee's Minute No 489, a communication has now been received from the Public Works & Town Planning Committee approving the purchase of the piece of land above referred to. They state, however, that the proportion of the cost to be borne by the Bank Committee should be £706 and not £631 as indicated in the above Minute. Your Sub-Committee recommend that Minute No 489 be amended accordingly.

 

Consideration has been given to the question of the means by which the Bank's proportion of the purchase money is to be paid, and your Sub-Committee have instructed the Manager to confer with the City Surveyor on the question and report his recommendations to your Committee at their Meeting on Monday.

 

On the paragraph in the Report as to land, corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, the Manager stated that he had interviewed the City Surveyor, and had put forward a suggestion (which he thought would be acceptable) that the Public Works and Town Planning Committee should purchase the whole of the land for the time being.

 

515 RESOLVED:- That this Committee agree to the share of the cost of the land at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, to be allocated to the Bank Committee being £706 instead of £631, the figure mentioned in Minute No 489, and request the Public Works and Town Planning Committee to purchase this land on their behalf until such time as the Bank is in a position to take over the same.

 

Bank Committee: January 17th 1921

 

On Minute No 515, the Clerk reported that the purchase of the land at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, by the Public Works Committee had now been completed.

 

705 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 515 be discharged.

 

Finance & General Purposes Committee: April 11th 1921

 

The Manager states that he had obtained an estimate from Mr R Hunt for the cleaning and decorating of the Handsworth Branch at a sum of £5. 10. 0.

 

440 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to have the work carried out at the sum mentioned.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1921

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Land at Handsworth.

An Account was submitted from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee for the proportion payable by the Bank towards the joint purchase of freehold land at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, and the expenses incurred by the Public Works Department in the matter.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the Account referred to, amounting to £713, be passed for payment.

 

846 RESOLVED:- That the Account of the Public Works and Town Planning Committee amounting to £713 in respect of the purchase of freehold land at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, be passed for payment.

 

Bank Committee: September 19th 1921

 

906 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to terminate the existing agreement with the Bill Posting Company relating to the hoarding at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, by one month's notice and that the Manager be instructed to arrange for a fresh Agreement to be entered into for the letting of such portions of the hoarding as would not be required for the use of the Bank, such agreement to be subject to short notice.

 

Bank Committee: October 14th 1921

 

On Minute No 906, the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

September 27th 1921

Grove Lane and Soho Road.

Bill Posting Station.

I have to report that the existing agreement for a Bill Posting Station has been terminated, so far as it affects the Corporation property, by arrangement with The Birmingham Bill Posting Company limited.

 

The Manager reported that he had now received an offer of £30 per annum for the use of the portions of the hoarding space not required for Bank advertisements.

 

928 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to let off the hoarding space referred to for a period of 6 months at the rate of £30 per annum and the Town Clerk authorised to prepare and seal any necessary documents.

 

929 RESOLVED:- That the Housing & Estates Committee be invited to prepare and submit a plan for the building of suitable Branch premises at the site at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth and the Manager instructed accordingly.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 12th 1921

 

544 The Manager reported as follows:

 

Handsworth Premises.

In view of the urgency of dealing with other Branch premises, the Manager advises the Committee to postpone the proposed erection of a Bank for six months.

 

The Handsworth & District Football League apply for offices over the proposed new premises. It is recommended that they be told the premises to be erected will not admit of offices being provided.

 

564 RESOLVED:- That the consideration of the question of the erection of premises on the site at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, be deferred for a period of six months.

 

565 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to inform the Handsworth and District Football League that their application for offices over the proposed new premises at Handsworth cannot be entertained.

 

Bank Committee: December 19th 1921

 

On Minute No 928 the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

November 18th 1921

Grove Lane & Soho Road.

Birmingham Billposting Co, Ltd.

 

I have to report that an Agreement has been completed with the Birmingham Billposting Co, Ltd, for the letting to them of this hoarding at £30 per year, the Corporation retaining the use of principal panel at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road.

 

The Agreement is terminable after the first six months at one calendar month's notice to expire on the first day of any month.

 

The Company have paid the legal charges and stamp duty.

 

979 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 928 be discharged.

 

On Minute No 929 (Proposed erection of premises, Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth) it was

980 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration and report at a favourable opportunity.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 12th 1923

 

On Minutes Nos 114 and 174, the Sub-Committee were informed that the Architect had invited six tenders for the erection of the new Bank at Handsworth, but they were of the opinion, having regard to the probable cost of this building, that an advertisement should be issued in the usual way inviting tenders.

 

247     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be directed accordingly.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 26th 1923

 

With reference to the proposed building of Branch Bank premises at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, the General Manager submitted the General Conditions prepared for the use of Corporation Departments in obtaining tenders for works.

 

The question was considered of whether a clause should be included providing for rise and fall in cost of labour, materials, etc, during the progress of the work. After discussion it was

269     RESOLVED:- That a period of 6 months from the date of the order to commence the work be fixed as the period within which the work must be completed; and that clauses be inserted in the General Conditions providing for rise and fall in the cost of labour, materials, etc.

 

270    RESOLVED:- That a Special Meeting of this Sub-Committee be held on Monday, the 19th March, at 11am to consider tenders for the proposed building of Branch Bank premises at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 19th 1923

 

On Minute No 276, the Sub-Committee considered the following tenders for the erection of Branch Bank premises on the site at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth.

 

Tenders for erection of New Bank at Handsworth.

 

Name of Tenderer

Amount of Tender

(£)

Archer, W B & F F

3,959

Batsford, J H

4,534

Briley, F J

4,120

Collins & Godfrey

4,408

Cox, Percy W

4,177

Crowder, E

3,877

Crump, H H

3,800

Elvins, T & Sons

3,697

Favell, W E

3,650

Fenwick, Richard Ltd

4,200

Green, C & Sons

3,879

Harper, J & Sons

4,365

Jackson, William

3,891

Kendrick, W & Son

4,100

Maddocks & Walford

4,290

Moffatt, James & Sons

4,095

Morgan, Henry

4,557

Rowbotham, Thomas

4,225

Sapcote, William & Son

4,146

Smith, F H

3,790

Surman, S & Son

3,890

Webb, George & Son Ltd

4,138

Webb, W & J

=

Woodward, E

4,130

 

 

297    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to accept, subject to the consent of the City Council, the Tender of Mr W E Favell of Waterloo Road, South Yardley, amounting to £3,650 for the carrying out of the work, providing the firm's credentials are found satisfactory, failing which they be recommended to accept the Tender of T Elvins & Son amounting to £3,697.

 

 

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