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Heybarnes branch was constructed in the Bordesley Green/Small Heath area with the intention of serving a residential estate of some 3,000 municipal houses being erected in 1927 between Coventry Road and Bordesley Green East. The plan to open a new branch in such a development followed an existing policy in relation to estates being built in the city's suburbs with the Public Works and Estates Departments allocating a plot to the Bank. A full-time, purpose built branch was opened on April 27th 1929 in a location lacking a focal point created by shops. The lack of other commercial properties was probably due to the development of the area as part of the East Birmingham Town Planning Scheme that controlled the density of residential property and the zoning of industrial buildings. The branch was never a success, its poor location aggravated by the close proximity of a number of other branches.
Premises - Heybarnes
 
The following Minutes have been extracted from the records
of the Bank's General Committee and its Sub-Committees.
 
The Minutes cover the period from February 1927 to April 1936.

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 14th 1927

 

The attention of the Sub-Committee was called to a site on Hobmoor Road, in which vicinity there were in course of erection nearly 3,000 Municipal houses. The site in question had been visited by the Chairman of the General Committee, Alderman Lovsey, Councillor Salt and the General Manager, and they were of opinion that the situation was a desirable one for Bank purposes.

 

1064    RESOLVED:- That the Chairman of the General Committee, the Chairman of this Sub-Committee, Councillor Salt, with the City Surveyor and the General Manager, be requested to visit the different sites and submit their recommendations to the next meeting of the Sub-Committee.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 14th 1927

 

1077 On Minute No 1064 (Site - Hobmoor Road Area) the Sub-Committee were informed that some of their members had visited the site in this district, and that the City Surveyor had been approached as to the transfer of a site to the Bank Committee at the corner of Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road, on which a one storey bank similar to that at Ladywood could be erected. The Minute was continued.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 11th 1927

 

On Minutes 1064/1077, the General Manager informed the Sub-Committee that an intimation had been received that the Public Works Committee would have no objection to the proposed transfer of the site at the corner of Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road, subject to the transfer price being fixed by the District Valuer, and that a communication had been addressed to the Estates Committee on those lines.

 

1098    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager make applications to the Estates Department for the transfer of the land.

 

Bank Committee: April 25th 1927

 

2661    The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Transfer of site at corner of Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road.

 

Your Sub-Committee have been endeavouring to secure a suitable site for a branch to serve the needs of the new housing estates in course of erection near to Hobmoor Road.

 

After members of the Sub-Committee had visited the area and inspected possible sites, the conclusion was arrived at that the best position would be on land at the corner of Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road, and the City Surveyor was accordingly asked to endeavour to arrange for the site in question to be transferred to the Bank.

 

An intimation has now been received that the Public Works and Town Planning Committee will have no objection to the proposed transfer subject to the price being fixed by the District Valuer.

 

Your Sub-Committee now recommend that the proposed transfer be agreed to, and the matter reported to the City Council in due course.

 

2664    RESOLVED:- That, subject to the approval of the City Council, the proposal to transfer from the Estates Committee to the Bank Committee the site at the corner of Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road at an agreed price to be fixed in consultation with the District Valuer, be approved.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 9th 1927

 

On Minutes Nos 1064/1077 (Site at the corner of Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road) the General Manager reported that the General Manager of the Estates Department had notified his intention of recommending the Estates Committee to agree to transfer the land to the Bank at the price of 15/- per square yard.

 

1115    RESOLVED:- That the proposed terms of transfer be agreed to so far as the Bank is concerned, subject to the approval of the City Council.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 13th 1927

 

1133 The General Manager reported that the City Surveyor had submitted plans of a Bank and house on the Hobmoor Road site which, although the amount of air-space was limited, could be allowed, in view of the land being a corner site. The General Manager had intimated that the Bank strongly preferred to have people living above the premises and that as long as the buildings could be erected without contravening the bye-laws, the plan submitted by the City Surveyor would be satisfactory. The General Manager was requested to ask the City Surveyor to prepare a plan showing the elevation of the proposed building.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1927

 

On Minute No 2664 (site - corner Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road) the Sub-Committee were informed that the approval of the City Council had now been given to the proposed transfer from the Estates Committee to the Bank.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 11th 1927

 

On Minute No 1133 (proposed bank and house - Hobmoor Road), the General Manager submitted a plan prepared by the City Surveyor showing the elevation of the proposed bank, which was approved by the Sub-Committee.

 

1147    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the work.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 10th 1927

 

1161 On Minutes Nos 1133/1147 the Sub-Committee were informed that the area of the land to be transferred to the Bank at the corner of Hobmoor Road and Fosbrook Road had now been determined by the Public Works Department at 600 square yards and the Estates Department were in communication with the Ministry of Health on the matter. The question of inviting tenders was deferred pending alternative plans being submitted by Mr H S Evans, Architect.

 

Bank Committee: October 17th 1927

 

2792    The following Minute of the City Council was received with reference to the transfer from the Estates Committee of land at the corner of Hobmoor Road and Fosbrook Road:

 

It was moved by Mr Councillor Kenning, seconded by Mr Councillor Cooper, and

Resolved: 28,246. That, subject to the sanction of the Minister of Health, the proposal to transfer an area of land at the junction of Fosbrook Road and Hobmoor Road Small Heath, to the Bank Committee, upon the terms set out in the report, such land being required as a site for a Branch Bank, be approved and confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 13th 1927

 

On Minutes Nos 1133/1147 (Hobmoor Road Site) revised plans were submitted to the Sub-Committee showing the proposed Bank and house and it was:

 

1183    RESOLVED:- That the revised plans be approved, and the General Manager instructed to obtain tenders for carrying out the work.

 

General Manager's Annual Report for the year ended 31st December 1927

 

Buildings and Sites Purchased.

 

During the year buildings or sites have been acquired at Bristol Street, Longbridge, Hobmoor Road, and Bearwood; while negotiations are taking place for sites at Yardley and Tyseley.

 

Bank Committee: March 19th 1928

 

3038    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to arrange for tenders for the Hobmoor Road Premises to be available for consideration at the special meeting fixed for Tuesday, the 27th instant.

 

M1344/5: Special Bank Committee: March 27th 1928

 

On Minute No 3038 the Committee proceeded to consider the following tenders which had been received for the erection of premises on the site acquired in Hobmoor Road:

 

 

Name

Amount of Tender

Smith, Francis H

4328

Swift, S F & Sons Ltd

4453

Crowder, E

4187

Mobbs, George

3997

Pearce, A & Son

4300

Squire, E M

4310

Johnson, T

4420

Crump, Harry H

4100

Elvins, T & Sons

4270

Webb, Geo & Son Ltd

4585

Teall A J & Son Ltd

4581

Harris, John T Ltd

4488

Fitter, Joseph I A I O B

4198

Maddocks & Walford

4229

Webb, W & J

4447

Woodward, Edward

4250

Kendrick, W & Sons

4578

Turner, Ernest A

4256

Moffat, James & Sons

4075

Parsons & Morrin

4179

Malley, J & W

4195

Langley, Isaac

4390

 

3047    RESOLVED:- That the tender of Mr George Mobbs at the sum of 3997 for the erection of Bank premises on the site in Hobmoor Road be accepted, the work to be carried out within a period of six months and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the necessary contract and to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

3048    RESOLVED:- That the Branch to be established on the Hobmoor Road site be named "The Heybarnes Branch".

 

Report of the Town Clerk: June 16th 1928

 

Branch Bank at Bordesley Green.

 

I have to report that I have prepared, completed and affixed the Corporate Seal to a contract with Mr G Mobbs for the erection and completion of bank premises at the junction of Fosbrooke Road and Hobmoor Road, Bordesley Green.

 

Bank Committee: December 10th 1928

 

On Minute No 1320, the General Manager presented the following report with regard to the available use of land and buildings purchased for branch bank purposes:

 

 
Land & Buildings
 

Finance Sub-Committee: December 17th 1928

 

Electric Light - Heybarnes Branch.

 

The tender of Messrs Harrison & Searle Ltd has been accepted for the provision of electric light at Heybarnes at the sum of 61. 18. 6.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 14th 1929

 

The Sub-Committee considered the question of utilising the surplus land in front of the Heybarnes Branch, consequent on the building being erected in conformity with the building line. After consideration it was:

 

1351    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to consider the desirability of either having the land railed in with plain iron railings, or asphalted by the Public Works Department; and that he be authorised to adopt such course as he may consider desirable in regard thereto.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: January 21st 1929

 

Bank Fittings for Heybarnes Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that they have accepted the tender of Mr Richard Hunt for counter and fittings at the above Branch, amounting to 193. 10. 0., the same being the lowest tender received.

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