Bank Committee: August 29th 1919


A letter from the Agent of the premises at 299, Monument Road, Ladywood stating the terms for premises to be let as a whole on lease or yearly tenancy was considered, and the Manager was instructed to deal with the matter and arrange the best terms he can.


The Manager reported that ....


Domestic repairs will cost about £12, Jones instructed to do same. Town Clerk to draw up an agreement for tenancy of entire premises.


310 RESOLVED:- That the Acting Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and complete agreements for the tenancy of premises at Ladywood, Erdington and Balsall Heath, for Branch Bank purposes.


Bank Committee: November 3rd 1919                                        


The Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee presented the following report:


Branch Bank Premises.

Arrangements have now been made for the Ladywood branch to be established as a daily branch from Monday, 3rd November, and the hours of opening have been adjusted accordingly.


357 RESOLVED:- That the Report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee be approved.


Bank Committee: February 2nd 1920



Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:


299-300 Monument Road.

Enquiries are being made as to the acquisition of the freehold of the above property, a portion of which is now used as a Branch Bank, and your Sub-Committee will report later on the matter.


Bank Committee: July 5th 1920


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


299 and 300, Monument Road, Ladywood.


Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration the purchase of the freehold interest on the above property, a portion of which is used for a Branch Bank.


They have authorised your Chairman and Manager to negotiate with Messrs Stone Hooper and Pickard in the matter with a view to acquiring the freehold interest in the premises above referred to if suitable terms can be arranged.


Bank Committee: July 23rd 1920


The Manager stated that negotiations were in progress for the purchase of the leasehold interest in Nos 299-300 Monument Road for £800 and the freehold of the 4 hereditaments Nos 299, 300, 301 and 302 Monument Road for £435.


553 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to instruct Mr Wilde to enter into a provisional contract for the purchase of the freehold and leasehold interests in the Monument Road property above referred to on the terms mentioned, and that subject thereto the Housing & Estates Committee be requested to take the necessary steps to purchase the same and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and seal any necessary documents in the matter.


The Manager stated that he had made enquiries with regard to Mr Charles Machin, the prospective tenant of No 117 Great Lister Street, and it appeared that he would be a satisfactory occupant of the premises.


558 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to let the available portion of the above premises to Mr Machin at a rent of 10/- per week, no sub-letting to be allowed without the consent of this Committee.


The Manager reported that alternative accommodation in the Great Lister Street premises had been offered to the present tenant of No 299 Monument Road, but the arrangement had not up to the present been accepted.


564 RESOLVED:- That Councillors Ward and Gelling be requested to view the available premises in Great Lister Street and if satisfied that such premises offer good alternative accommodation to the tenant of Monument Road to instruct the Manager to take the necessary steps for the transfer to be effected.


Bank Committee: August 30th 1920


574 On Minute No 553, the Manager reported that Mr Wilde had entered into a Contract for the acquisition of premises in Monument Road. In this connection the following Minute of the Housing and Estates Committee was received:


2361. RESOLVED:- That subject to Mr Wilde entering into a provisional contract the Council be recommended to purchase the leasehold interest in Nos 299-300 Monument Road for £800 and the freehold hereditaments Nos 299, 300, 301 and 302 Monument Road for £435 - 0 - 0 for branch bank purposes, the Bank Committee to pay by way of rent all outgoings in connection therewith until such time as they are in a position to take the properties over, and that the difference if any, then remaining be credited to the Bank Committee and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and attach the Corporate Seal to the necessary documents.


Bank Committee: October 25th 1920


On Minute No 553, the following Report of the Town Clerk was presented:


Monument Road Property.

Birmingham Dispensary to the Corporation.


I have to report that the Solicitors to the Dispensary in submitting a draft Contract carrying out the proposed sale of purchase require payment of the professional expenses incurred by the Dispensary, including the cost of obtaining the consent of the Charity Commissioners.


This condition is invariably adopting in dealing with Charity Lands, and I shall be glad of the Committee's instructions.


629 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be authorised to pay the reasonable professional expenses incurred by the Dispensary, as indicated in his Report.


On Minute No 564, the Manager reported that the tenant of No 299 Monument Road had been given one month's Notice to Quit, as authorised by the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee.


630 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 564 be discharged.


Bank Committee: November 22nd 1920


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


Ladywood Tenancy.


The present Tenant, Mr W A Jordan, having been served with notice to quit, was offered alternative accommodation at 118, Great Lister Street, but has refused the same. Your Committee recommend that the Town Clerk be instructed to take proceedings for recovery of possession.


Bank Committee: February 21st 1921


On Minute No 678, the Town Clerk reported as follows:


February 1st 1921

The Corporation v Jordan.

Recovery of possession of No 299 Monument Road.


In pursuance of this Minute, I beg to report that I issued a summons in the County Court against the above named defendant to recover possession of the premises in question.


The action was heard before His Honour Judge Ruegg, KC, on the 31st ultimo, when I briefed Mr W J Gandy to appear for the Corporation. The defendant was represented by Mr A B Whitfield, instructed by Messrs Philip Baker & Co, Solicitors. The matter was argued at length before His Honour, who before giving judgment personally viewed the premises at No 299 Monument Road, and the alternative accommodation offered by your Committee at No 118 Great Lister Street.


Judgment was, however, given for the defendant, and His Honour indicated the following considerations which had lead him to refuse the order applied for by the Corporation, although he admitted that the house at Great Lister Street was reasonably equivalent to 299 Monument Road in so far as accommodation was concerned:


(1) He considered the social character of the neighbourhood of Great Lister Street to be inferior to that of Monument Road.


(2) The defendant had a family of three children, who were attending special Roman Catholic Schools near to their present residence, and His Honour did not therefore feel disposed to place upon the defendant the inconvenience of having to send his children across the City to attend their Schools.


He accordingly held that No 119 Great Lister Street was not reasonably equivalent as regards suitability in all respects as required by the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (Restrictions) Act 1920.


Application was made that the defendant be allowed costs under scale A. This application was however refused, costs on the lower scale being allowed, with a certificate for Counsel's fees.


I ask that the Minute be discharged.


General Purposes Committee: March 14th 1921


The Manager reported that the roof of the Ladywood premises was urgently in need of repair and submitted an estimate from Mr R Hunt for the carrying out of the work.


423: RESOLVED:- That the Chairman and Manager be requested to ascertain what repairs are necessary and authorised to accept a Tender for the carrying out of the required work.


Finance & General Purposes Committee: April 11th 1921


On Minute No 423, the Sub-Committee were informed that the Chairman and Manager had inspected the roof at the Ladywood Branch, and that the same was urgently in need of repair.


437 RESOLVED:- That the Housing and Estates Department be requested to ascertain what repairs are necessary and the estimated cost thereof.


Bank Committee: May 23rd 1921


On Minute No 553, the Committee were informed that the purchase of the ground rent of Nos 299, 300, 301 and 302, Monument Road, had been completed, and that the following payments had been in addition to the purchase of £435:


 Balance o Apportionment Account            £3. 5. 3.

 Vendor's Solicitors charges                        17. 2. 6.

 Surveyor's Charges                                     6. 10. 6.

 Stamp Duty                                                     2. 5. 0.


809 RESOLVED:- That Minute No. 553 be discharged.


Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 10th 1921


On Minute No 437, a Tender was submitted from the Housing & Estates Department for carrying out certain repairs to Nos 299 and 300 Monument Road.


508 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to obtain an amended Tender from the Housing & Estates Department for outside work only and also a competitive tender, and that the matter be referred to the Chairman and Manager with power to settle and have the work carried out.


532 RESOLVED:- That the offer of Mr John Russell to enter into negotiations to sell Nos 301 and 302 Monument Road to the Bank be not acceded to.


Bank Committee: October 14th 1921


Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:


Ladywood Premises.


Mr John Russell, from whom the present branch premises in Monument Road were purchased has offered to sell the adjoining property 301 and 302 Monument Road to the Bank. The Bank purchased the ground rents some time ago, but not the buildings. As these premises would not be required for Bank purposes your Sub-Committee have instructed the Manager to inform Mr Russell that they are not prepared to negotiate for the purchase of the property.


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


544 The Manager reported as follows:


W A Jordan.

This man, who is the tenant behind the Ladywood premises, has not paid any rent since November 14th, and the Manager asks for instructions thereon.


On Minute No 519 (Duddeston and Ladywood Premises) the Manager reported as follows:


Duddeston and Ladywood Premises.


Councillors Gelling and Higgins with the Manager recently visited these premises, and found that several parts of the ceiling were showing signs of giving way. They are of opinion that further expenditure on temporary repairs would not be justified, and that the question of making the premises suitable for a permanent Branch should be gone into by the Architect, including a satisfactory dealing with the ceilings. The Members of the Committee were informed by the Clerk in charge of the [Duddeston] Branch that the accommodation was not adequate for the work, and the book-keeping has to be done on the open counter, which is a very objectionable method. As the premises are constituted there is no accommodation to put desks behind. The Members of the Committee and the Manager are also of the opinion that the evidence of the public house should be taken away, and that the Architect should submit complete proposals for dealing with these premises in a satisfactory manner.


As regards Ladywood, the Manager reports that there has recently been a fire in the living accommodation behind 299 Monument Road during the absence of the tenant. The necessary steps have been taken with the Insurance Co, with a view to having the damage made good. Having regard to the instructions given in Minute 519 for the Architect to report upon Ladywood premises, the Manager advises the position is being looked at from the view of a permanent Bank rather than spending much money on temporary alterations. There is a possibility that the tenant of the butcher's shop next door will surrender his tenancy, in which case the property could be dealt with satisfactorily.


551 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to obtain Mr McMichael's proposals for effecting alterations to the Duddeston and Ladywood premises on the lines indicated in the Manager's report, and to submit full particulars to the next meeting of this Sub-Committee.





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Premises - Ladywood
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 Ladywood, the temporary premises utilised at 299 Monument Road from September 1st 1919 were demolished and replaced with a purpose built branch.
These permanent premises were opened on June 14th 1924.