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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 from June 1925 to October 1935.
 
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The Bank purchased a plot of land at the corner of Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road in November 1926 in anticipation of the development of large housing estates in the area. At that time, the Bank agreed that a permanent building would be erected on the site within four years. However, the Bank's Committee were not certain that the location was ideal as the Pype Hayes and Birches Green estates were developed. It was not until June 1931 that it was decided to request Stewart Evans to design a permanent branch building. During the construction, a shop unit was let to replace the wood building used as an Evening Branch from March 12th 1927. The permanent daily branch was opened on May 28th 1932.

General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 8th 1925

 

On Minutes Nos 611 and 669 (sites for branches) the General Manager presented the following report [re Pype Hayes district]:

 

PROSPECTIVE SITES FOR BANKS.

 

PYPE HAYES DISTRICT.

 

1200 Houses (approx.) are scheduled to be erected to the west of Chester Road opposite Pype Hayes Park, down to Kingsbury Road and almost to Tyburn.

 

Site: (a) Chester Road tram terminus.

        (b) Chester Road near Pype Hayes

       (c) Tyburn

        (d) Kingsbury Road near Butler's Bridge.

 

There is a prospective extension of trams from present terminus for Fort Dunlop to Tyburn Village, and a contemplated bus route from Chester Road, Erdington along Chester Road to Tyburn.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 12th 1925

 

With reference to sites at Fox Hollies and Pype Hayes the following communication was received from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee:

 

20857. Resolved: That subject to the approval of the City Council and the Ministry of Health, the transfer to the Bank Committee of sites on the Fox Hollies Estate, Acocks Green, and the Pype Hayes Estate, Erdington, respectively, be agreed to upon terms to be settled by the District Valuer.

 

788    RESOLVED:- That Councillors Appleby, Barrow and Stephens, with the General Manager, be requested to reopen the question of a suitable site at Fox Hollies with the Public Works Department, the land on the Fox Hollies Estate suggested by the latter not being suitable for Bank requirements; also that they be asked to continue negotiations for the provision of a suitable site at Pype Hayes.

 

Bank Committee: October 19th 1925

 

The General Manager submitted particulars of various sites which had been visited during the past week by the Chairman and Councillor Barrow.

 

(a) Land at corner of Gravelly Hill and Tyburn Road, which could be purchased at 10/- per yard cleared or 6/- per yard uncleared.

 

(b) Land at the corner of Terrys Lane and Chester Road. This is opposite to a new road being made by the Corporation and could be purchased at present at 6 /- a yard, but it is possible that the price will advance to 10/- per yard or more when the proposed tram or bus route is in operation.

 

2162   RESOLVED:- That the purchase of the sites in question be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration and report.

 

Bank Committee: June 21st 1926

 

The General Manager reported that he had received a communication from the City Surveyor with reference to land at the corner of Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road, stating that Mr Fowler had expressed his willingness to sell an area of land at this corner for 300.

 

2399   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be authorised to negotiate for the purchase of this site at the price in question, and that the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration and report.

 

Bank Committee: July 26th 1926

 

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

 

Purchase of land at junction of Kingsbury Road and Tyburn Road, Erdington.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that as the result of negotiations which have taken place, the owner has now agreed to sell the above mentioned plot of land, having an area of 550 square yards, at the sum of 300.

 

The Town Clerk has been authorised to enter into the contract for sale and your Sub-Committee recommend that subject to the approval of the City Council he be instructed to complete the purchase and to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to any necessary documents.

 

2422   RESOLVED:- That, subject to the approval of the City Council, the Town Clerk be instructed to complete the purchase of the 550 square yards of freehold land at the corner of Kingsbury and Tyburn Roads, Erdington, referred to in the foregoing report, at the sum of 300, and to prepare the necessary documents, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

Report of the Bank Committee presented at the Quarterly Meeting of the Council on Tuesday, the 27th day of July, 1926:

 

PURCHASE OF LAND AT THE JUNCTION OF TYBURN ROAD AND KINGSBURY ROAD, ERDINGTON.

 

Your Committee have had for some time under consideration the question of obtaining a site for a Branch bank in this rapidly developing area, and they are pleased to report that a plot of land has now been secured at the junction of Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road. The plot comprises 550 square yards, and is indicated by pink colouring on the plan attached to this report. The purchase price has been agreed at 300.

 

The Committee ask that the approval of the Council be given to the purchase, which will be defrayed out of the funds of the Bank.

It was moved by the Lord Mayor, seconded, and Resolved:

 

27,817 That the proposed purchase by the Bank Committee of a piece of land as a site for a Branch Bank at the junction of Tyburn and Kingsbury Roads, Erdington, at the price of 300, be approved and confirmed, the purchase money being defrayed from the funds of the Bank.

 

Report of the Town Clerk: November 29th 1926

 

I have to report that I have completed the purchase from Mrs Mary Ancilla Preston, of a piece of land situate at the corner of Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road, Erdington, containing 550 square yards or thereabouts, at the price of 300.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 14th 1927

 

1082   The General Manager stated that he had received the requisite permission of the Corporation for the erection of a temporary wooden building on land at the junction of Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road for a period of four years.

 

1083   He also reported that the Pype Hayes Branch had been opened as an evening branch on Saturday last.

 

Bank Committee: May 16th 1927

 

2690   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Land at Corner of Tyburn Road and Gravelly Hill.

 

Your Sub-Committee have approved of amended proposals for the erection of a branch Bank on this site, and recommend that the Public Works and Town Planning Committee be asked, subject to the approval of the City Council, to transfer the land required for the purposes of the Bank at a price to be agreed between the two Committees and on the understanding that when the  Public Works etc Committee require the land for street improvement purposes they shall have the option of repurchasing the area desired on similar terms.

 

2691   RESOLVED:- That, subject to the approval of the City Council, the proposed transfer from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee to the Bank Committee of a piece of land at the corner of Tyburn Road and Gravelly Hill be approved, the area and price to be agreed between the two Committees; on the understanding that when any portion of such land is required for street improvement purposes, the Public Works and Town Planning Committee shall have the option of the repurchase thereof upon the same terms.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 8th 1928

 

The report of the General Manager dealing with land surrounding the temporary buildings utilised by the Bank was submitted:

 

Land surrounding temporary buildings.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: November 20th 1929

 

Report on Evening Branches

 

Pype Hayes: Opened 12th March 1927

 

Year ended

31st March

No. of

depositors

Depositors'

balances

.  s.  d.

No. of

transactions

dealt with

1927

76

463. 15.  2.

165

1928

515

7,468. 10.   -.

4,296

1929

840

11,358.11.11.

5,795

 

It was a condition at the time of the purchase of the land (November 1926), on which a wood building has been placed, that a permanent building should be erected within four years. The development of the branch has been marked during the past twelve months, due in some measure to the housing developments on the Birches Green Estate. if the figures for the Billesley Branch are to be taken as a justification for a permanent branch, it is impossible to argue against Pype Hayes being similarly provided for. It has been suggested that if the permanent branch was erected at a spot near to Bromford, it would cater for the residents between Salford Bridge and Pype Hayes Park. That might, or might not, be a wise move. The area should be seen by the Committee, as it is impossible to judge of the results from a plan. The point to consider here is, how far nearer Town, if at all, can we expect to carry the 840 depositors already enrolled.

 

Bank Committee: November 25th 1929

 

That, although an undertaking was given to erect a permanent building at Pype Hayes within four years, which time will expire in November next, the present arrangements for conducting business on Monday and Saturday evenings in the temporary wood building be continued for the time being.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 8th 1931

 

The following report of the General Manager with reference to Pype Hayes Branch was submitted:

 

The land at the junction of Tyburn Road with Kingsbury Road was purchased by the Bank in November 1926, and subsequently a wood building was obtained and placed thereon, in which the building of the Pype Hayes Branch has been conducted on Monday and Saturday evenings.

 

It was a condition at the time of purchase that a permanent building should be erected within four years. I reported on this matter in October 1929 but a decision was deferred until the com could be satisfied whether the site was the suitable, having regard to housing developments in Bromford Lane and on Birches Green Estate.

 

The progress of Pype Hayes Branch since its opening in March 1927 will be seen from the following figures:

 

Year ended

31st March.

No. of

depositors

Depositors'

balances.

No. of

transactions

dealt with.

 

 

.   s.   d.

 

1927 (2 weeks)

76

463.15.  2.

165

1928

515

7,468 .10.  0.

4,296

1929

840

11,358.11.11.

5,795

1930

1,211

17,727.  6 .  -.

7,214

1931

1,459

23,422. 8.  6.

8,637

 

With a view to assisting the Committee in their consideration of the matter, I have had an analysis made of the accounts at the Pype Hayes Branch. This analysis shows the depositors to be residing in the following areas:

 

Pype Hayes area

873

Birches Green area

171

Bromford area

22

Pype Hayes, Birches Green

    and Bromford

 

194

Pype Hayes and

    Birches Green area

 

113

Birches Green and Bromford

    area

 

10

Minworth

21

Castle Bromwich

17

Curdworth, Water Orton,

   Tyburn, Nether Whitacre,

    Wishaw, Kingsbury and

    Meriden

 

 

 

11

Other parts of the City

27

Outside the City

5

 

1,464

 

I have also enquired the approximate population in three areas, and am told that in the area bordered by Kingsbury Road, Bromford Lane and Tyburn Road, the population is approximately 3,649; in the area bordered by Bromford Lane, Kingsbury Road, Tyburn Road and Holly lane, the approximate population is 4,095; and in the area bordered by Holly Lane, Grange Road, Chester Road and Kingsbury Road, the approximate population is 6,223.

 

The present site appears suitable for what may be termed the Pype Hayes area, and is not too far from the Birches Green area, but I do not think it can be regarded as catering for the Bromford area and the population along the Tyburn Road down to Salford Bridge. If the Branch were transferred to a site nearer to Bromford Lane it might attract depositors along the Tyburn Road and side roads down to Salford Bridge, but I think we may lose depositors from the Pype Hayes area by such a transfer.

 

I think we are under an obligation to provide a permanent Bank for the Pype Hayes area on the present site, if we retain the site, and in order that the matter may be settled one way or the other I suggest that the Members of the Sub-Committee should inspect the areas referred to above.

 

1679   RESOLVED:- That the foregoing report be approved and that the General Manager be instructed to have prepared a plan for the erection of a permanent Branch Bank on the site at the junction of Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road.

 

Bank Committee: June 15th 1931

 

4115   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Pype Hayes Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee have considered an analysis of the depositorship at a Pype Hayes Branch with a view to deciding whether the position of this Branch is the most suitable having regard to the housing development in the Pype Hayes, Birches Green, and Bromford areas.

 

Your Sub-Committee are of opinion that the present site is suitable and that the progress of the evening Branch justifies the erection of permanent buildings in the near future. They have therefore instructed the General Manager to have a plan prepared for the erection of a permanent Branch on this site.

 

4120  RESOLVED:- That the action taken in instructing the General Manager to have prepared a plan for permanent Branch premises on the site at the corner of Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road be confirmed.

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