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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 up to January 1935 which include the
early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
In the case of Erdington, two temporary premises were occupied before a site became available at the Six Ways road junction. It was at this landmark site that the Bank constructed a most imposing branch,
which was opened by the Lord Mayor on March 27th 1926.

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

The Manager reported that ....

Room engaged at National Schools, High Street, at 10/6d. a week. Town Clerk to prepare Agreement.

 

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: October 6th 1919

 

Report of the Acting Town Clerk:

 

I have to report that .... I have completed agreements for tenancy of premises for use as branch municipal banks as follows:

National Schools Erdington          monthly tenancy     Annual Rent 2. 6. 0.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 6th 1919

 

27 The Manager stated that he had instructed Mr Wilde, Agent, to make enquiries with regard to certain property at Harborne, which was being advertised. He had also requested Mr Wilde to come to terms with the owner of the premises 249 and 251 High Street, Erdington.

 

On Minute No 27 the Manager stated that he has received a letter from Mr Wilde, House Agent, with regard to premises at Erdington, the rental of No 249 High Street was 37. 10. 0. and of No 251, 26. 0. 0. the tenant paying rates. The price asked for the two houses was 2250 or 1000 for  the smaller house only freehold. Possession of this house could be obtained at Christmas. The Committee considered the offer but were of opinion that the premises would not be suitable for a branch Bank, and it was:

 

35       RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to thank the owner for his offer and to inform him that the Committee regret they are unable to accept same.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: November 21st 1919

 

82 The Manager reported that he had not yet been able to find suitable Branch Bank premises at Alum Rock and Erdington.

 

Bank Committee: December 1st 1919

 

Report of the Publicity Sub-Committee:

 

ERDINGTON.

 

The Branch Bank at Erdington is situated at the National Schools. These premises are not suited for the purpose, and as your Committee are already aware, enquiries are being made with a view to obtaining suitable accommodation.

 

381 RESOLVED:- That the Report of the Publicity Sub-Committee be approved.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 2nd 1920

 

Special Report of the Manager to the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

The "hold ups" which have recently been reported at various Banks compel me to draw your urgent attention to the unsatisfactory condition of several of your premises, and to urge that immediate steps be taken to secure the safety of both money and staff.

 

In accordance with your previous decision, I have supplied each Branch Superintendent and the Chief Cashier at Head Office with a revolver and the necessary ammunition, and instructions to its use have been given by Mr Carver, one of the Superintendents and an ex-officer of His Majesty's Forces. I have further thought it advisable to provide police whistles.

 

With regard to the premises, I have thought it advisable to report upon each one separately as follows:

 

Erdington. For this evening Branch we use one of the rooms at the National Schools. The premises are only temporary, and I do not consider anything needed here.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 23rd 1920

 

196     RESOLVED:- That Minutes Nos 82 (Premises, Alum Rock and Erdington) and 173 (Premises, Balsall Heath District) be discharged.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 4th 1920

 

The Sub-Committee's attention was called to the urgency of obtaining suitable Branch Bank premises at Erdington.

 

237     RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to Mr Councillor Gelling and the Manager with authority to negotiate for the tenancy of suitable premises.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 2nd 1920

 

The Manager submitted the following Report:

 

Erdington Premises.

 

During the past month the Manager has conducted many enquiries with reference to premises in this district, but without success.

 

At the present time there is a shop vacant just beyond the Green, formerly used by Frank Matthews & Co, which is being advertised at 1,550. In the opinion of Mr Wilde, who has made several enquiries into the matter, he does not consider it advisable to enter into negotiations in the matter, as the price is too high.

 

Mr Wilde has also heard privately that there is a possibility of purchasing freehold property a few yards from the Green at a very reasonable figure, but the lease of the present tenant does not expire for four years. If the Committee are desirous of securing this site for future developments, Mr Wilde would be prepared to negotiate on behalf of the Bank therefor.

 

251     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to instruct Mr Wilde to continue enquiries as to the land at Erdington near the Green referred to in his Report.

 

252     RESOLVED:- That, the Manager be instructed to report as to obtaining the use of, and erecting a hut on, a small piece of vacant land at Erdington, referred by Mr Councillor Gelling.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: August 27th 1920

 

263 On Minutes Nos 251 and 252, the Manager submitted letter from Mr Wilde with reference to negotiations for Branch Bank premises or site for same at Erdington. He stated that he was in negotiation with a Mr Jones as to premises occupied by him near Six Ways, Erdington. Mr Jones intended to build new premises, but the plans for same had not yet passed.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 22nd 1920

 

On Minutes Nos 251 and 252, the Manager reported that enquiries as to suitable Branch Bank premises at Erdington had not been successful. Reference was made by Mr Councillor Gelling to a strip of vacant land at Erdington built up on three sides, which he thought might be utilized by the Bank.

 

306     RESOLVED:- That the Chairman, Mr Councillor Gelling and the Manager be requested to make further enquiries as to the acquisition or leasing of land or premises at Erdington suitable for Branch purposes, reporting to this Sub-Committee thereon in due course.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: November 19th 1920

 

On Minute No 306 Mr Councillor Gelling stated that he had made enquiries as to the leasing of a portion of the Church House, Erdington, at present occupied as a milliner's shop, at a rental of about 50 per annum.

 

341     RESOLVED:- That the Manager, in consultation with Mr Councillor Gelling, be authorised to approach the Church House Authorities and the present tenant with a view to arranging suitable terms for taking the premises over for Branch Bank purposes.

 

Bank Committee: November 22nd 1920

 

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

 

Erdington Premises.

 

Negotiations are in progress for the leasing of a shop at Erdington (a portion of premises known as the Church House) and your Sub-Committee have authorised Mr Councillor Gelling and the Manager to arrange suitable terms with the present tenant and the Church House Authorities in the matter. The situation of the premises is a suitable one, and it is urgently necessary to find other accommodation than the present premises afford for the residents of Erdington.

 

With reference to the paragraph in the foregoing Report relating to negotiation for the leasing of premises in the Church House, Erdington, the Manager reported that the present tenant had agreed to vacate the premises on payment of 250 in respect of goodwill and fixtures and that it was anticipated that the Church House Authorities would be prepared to lease the same to the Bank at a rental of about 50 per annum.

 

680 RESOLVED:- That the sum of 250 in respect of goodwill and fixtures be paid to the present tenant on vacating the premises and that Mr Councillor Gelling and the Manager be requested to negotiate with the Church House Authorities regarding the rental.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 13th 1920

 

On Minute No 341 the Manager reported as follows:

 

Erdington Premises.

 

Councillor Gelling and the Manager, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the Bank Committee, have arranged for a tenancy of No 177 High Street, Erdington, with the Erdington Church House Committee, for three years at a rental of 60 per annum, and recommend that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare an agreement accordingly as and from Christmas next. The Manager submits a return of business done at this Branch hitherto, and advises that the same days and hours of business should be observed. The return does not warrant an extension of hours for the present.

 

The Manager asks that instructions be given to the Town Clerk to terminate the present agreement with the Managers of the National Schools.

 

365     RESOLVED:- That the Manager's Report be approved and the General Committee recommended to confirm the action taken in the above matter and to instruct the Town Clerk to enter into a Lease with the Church House Authorities and to terminate the existing tenancy of the National Schools as indicated.

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

Gravelly Hill Premises.

 

Letter from Mr Wilde submitted. The Manager cannot advise the negotiations being entered into.

 

Bank Committee: December 20th 1920

 

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

 

Branch Bank Premises, Erdington.

 

Arrangements have now been made for the leasing, for Branch Bank purposes, of No 177, High Street, from the Church House Authorities for a period of 3 years at a rental of 60 per annum, plus rates.

 

Your Sub-Committee ask that the action taken in this matter be confirmed, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into and if necessary affix the Corporate Seal to the requisite lease with the Church House Authorities as from 25th December next; and to terminate the existing agreement with the Managers of the National Schools.

 

It is proposed on taking over the new premises to observe the same days and hours of business as heretofore.

 

692 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into and if necessary affix the Corporate Seal to an Agreement with the Erdington Church House Committee for the leasing of premises No 177 High Street, Erdington, for a period of three years from 25th December next at a rental of 60 per annum plus rates; also that he be instructed to terminate the existing tenancy of the National Schools, Erdington.

 

Bank Committee: February 21st 1921

 

On Minute No 692, the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

January 31st 1921

 

177, High Street, Erdington.

 

I have to report that in accordance with your instructions an Agreement with the Erdington Church House Committee has now been completed for the tenancy of the above premises for a period of three years, at the yearly rent of 60, the Corporation to pay rates and taxes.

 

I have now paid 1 Stamp Duty.

 

732 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 692 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: March 21st 1921

 

On Minute No 692, the following Report of the Town Clerk was presented:

 

March 1st 1921

 

National Schools, High Street, Erdington.

 

I have to report that notice was served on the 31st December last to terminate the tenancy of the National Schools, Erdington, in accordance with your instructions.

 

755 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 692 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: May 23rd 1921

 

The Manager reported that the City Surveyor had enquired whether the Bank Committee desired to secure premises at Gravelly Hill at the junction of Slade Road and the new road to Fort Dunlop and whether the Committee would desire him to bear this in mind in connection with negotiations which were taking place between his Department and certain property owners.

 

828 RESOLVED:- That the Chairman (Mr Councillor Appleby) and Manager be authorised to negotiate with the Public Works Department in the matter, with a view to a suitable site for a Branch being obtained.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1921

 

835 On Minute No 828 (Gravelly Hill property) the Committee were informed that an interview had taken place with representatives of the Public Works etc, Committee, but no arrangement had been arrived at in the matter.

 

 

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