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 2013
 2014
 2015
 2016
 2017
 January
 
2,814 
2,823 
3,016 
4,861 
 February
 
2,498 
2,270 
2,793 
4,538 
 March
 
2,668 
2,354 
2,825 
5,047 
 April
2,353 
2,079 
2,275 
3,172 
5,718 
 May
    2,365 
 2,687 
2,212 
3,537 
4,310 
 June
2,206 
2,658 
2,590 
4,400 
4,459 
 July
2,774 
2,519 
2,738 
3,857 
3,613 
 August
2,206 
2,864 
2,635 
3,192 
3,979 
 September
3,290 
2,896 
2,584 
3,030 
4,878 
 October
2,538 
2,832 
2,335 
3,493 
3,787 
 November
2,582 
2,530 
2,542 
4,413 
 
 December
3,090 
2,703 
2,810 
5,787 
 
 Average
2,600 
2,646 
2,514 
3,626 
4,519 
 
Index & Search
 
[1] Introduction
[2] Contact Details
[3] Numbers of Website Visits & Page Visits
[4] Acknowledgements
[5] Sources of Data
The main purpose of this website is to record the history of a unique Birmingham achievement:
 
 -  the   Birmingham Municipal Bank, that existed from September 1st 1919 to March 31 1976. Also included in this history are:
 
 -  the  Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank, the predecessor of the Birmingham Municipal Bank, whose formation played an integral part in this history. That bank commenced business on September 29th 1916 and ceased to take deposits on October 31st 1919; and
 
 - the  Birmingham Municipal Trustee Savings Bank (which existed from April 1st 1976 to November 20th 1979), which was the successor to the Birmingham Municipal Bank.
 
The following abbreviations are used in the website:
BMB = Birmingham Municipal Bank
BMTSB = Birmingham Municipal Trustee Savings Bank
TSB = Trustee Savings Bank(s)
BCSB = Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank
 
A major source of information regarding the years 1916 to 1927 is a book by the Bank's first General Manager, J P Hilton. This book is entitled Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank, and several references are made to it throughout the website.
 
Historically, some of Birmingham's suburbs included an apostophe in their name (eg: King's Heath). That practice was generally abandoned in more recent years, although some signposts still exist that include the apostrophe. This website has adopted the convention of excluding the apostrophe from the names of such branches.
The majority of the Bank's existence occured prior to the introduction of Decimal Currency in 1971. Reporting of values on the website is mostly in whole Pounds (). The value of amounts reported in shillings (s) and/or pence (d) can be converted to 'new' pence (p) by reference to the website's article on Decimalisation.
This Website was created by: David Parkes

The Website is still under compilation as more information becomes available, and as contributions are received from former BMB employees.
Please report any errors or omissions on this website to David Parkes at: david.parkes@which.net
 
Any suggestions for improvements or additions would also be welcome, as would any articles, photographs, or memories relating to employment with the BMB.
[3] NUMBERS OF WEBSITE VISITS & PAGE VISITS (PER MONTH)
The main sources for information on this website are:
 
(1) Annual Report and Statement of Accounts for the Birmingham Municipal Bank for the years 1920 to 1976
 
(2) Annual Report and Accounts for the Birmingham Municipal Trustee Savings Bank for the years 1976 to 1979
 
(3)  Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank - The Romance of a Great Achievement  
              Book by J P Hilton. Published by The Blackfriars Press Limited, 1927
 
(4) Various editions of the staff magazines: NEWS LETTER andCONTACT; and the magazine of the Retired Staff
 
(5) Staff Association's Special Edition of CONTACT magazine (25th Anniversary)
 
(6) Various editions of BANKNOTES - the TSB staff magazine
 
(7) Various editions of the Savings Banks Institute Journal
 
(8) Souvenir book re the Official Opening of Broad Street Head Offices
 
(9) Committee minutes of the Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank & the Birmingham Municipal Bank
 
(10) Archives section of the Library of Birmingham
 
(11) University of Birmingham - Cadbury Research Library
 
(12) Lloyds Banking Group Archives
 
(13) Various documents preserved by former staff of the Birmingham Municipal Bank
 
(14) Dudley Archives and Local History Services
 
(15) The Building Societies Association
 
[1] INTRODUCTION
[2] CONTACT DETAILS
[4] ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
[5] SOURCES OF DATA
WEBSITE VISITS EACH MONTH
 
A  'Visit' is recorded when a person or a computer (a user) hits on a page of the website.
 
If a user then hits on other pages of the website in the same session, such hits do not count as a visit.
 
The same user returning to the website in another session records another visit.
 
This measure replaces the record of Unique Visitors which was suspended for a period during 2014. Data for 2015 onwards is now available and is reported separately.
 
 2008
 2009
 2010
 2011
 2012
 2013
 2014
 2015
 2016
 2017
 January
 0 
 12,517 
 36,678 
 123,283 
137,417 
68,543 
79,349 
 72,647 
 111,529 
134,875 
 February
 45 
 12,972 
 35,848 
115,707 
127,113 
86,006 
77,088 
88,264 
92,482 
179,571 
 March
 2,305 
 24,904 
 51,472 
124,089 
 101,855 
74,969 
 66,482 
95,867 
132,057 
185,262 
 April
 6,737 
 8,941 
 62,759 
55,712 
156,663 
67,280 
78,064 
86,428 
110,715 
234,838 
 May
 7,912 
 13,968 
 75,400 
75,804 
 60,416
 72,892
79,241
92,551
136,379
197,911
 June
 17,591 
 24,335 
 58,576 
74,572 
86,449 
56,425 
81,386 
83,565 
136,979 
204,495 
 July
9,444 
 42,542 
62,256 
86,116 
133,609 
95,785 
71,092 
118,156 
154,202 
147,650 
 August
 18,212 
 26,597 
 98,834 
93,332 
82,546 
91,647 
90,086 
93,784 
131,007 
150,418 
 September
 22,831 
 17,970 
 75,572 
104,603 
186,925 
79,931 
81,818 
100,114 
102,464 
184,859 
 October
83,738 
 24,571 
 98,594 
268,880 
120,980 
77,467 
74,626 
118,067 
109,888 
155,399 
 November
 42,322 
22,909 
106,776 
249,456 
101,243 
71,021 
71,850 
114,817 
190,289 
 
 December
 20,964 
23,672 
109,918 
149,226 
164,926 
113,140 
82,666 
98,590 
255,568 
 
 Average
 21,100 
21,325 
72,724 
126,732 
121,679 
79,592 
77,812 
96,904 
138,630 
177,528 
PAGE VISITS EACH MONTH
 
A  'Visit' is recorded when a person or a computer (a user) hits on a page of the website.
 
If a user then hits on other pages of the website in the same session, such hits also count as a page visit.
 
This record therefore shows the total number of website pages visited each month, and is a measure of the website's degree of busyness.
Thanks are due to the following, who have assisted with the compilation of this website:
 
 Maurice Eley  Norman Worwood  Keith Haslam 
 Arthur Radburn  Richard Mann   Ray & Margaret Stanley
 Michael Davenport  Hilda Hathaway  Dorothy & Albert Williams
 David Glenn  Val Salisbury  John Ordish
 Sheila Turner  Gill & Mike Price  Keith Boden
 Tony Green  Bob Fernie  Peter Aston
 Maureen Davies  Eric Bignell  John Walker
 Steve White  Lesley Coley  David Jackson
 David Smith  Alf & Sheila Young  Ron & Lynda Cridge
 Malcolm Smith  Norman Monk  Ian Galloway
 Graham Sargent  Steve Barber  Rita Harris
 Michael Bourke  David Archer  Janet Frost
 Neil Endall  Rob Wilden  Malcolm Glenn
 Sue Brookes  Kenneth Morrison  Eddie Yates
 British Pathe  British Film Institute  OpenStreetMap
 John Marshall  Les Williams  Christine & David Skett
 Chris Bowcott  Eileen Goode  Jeanette Parkes
 Mary Jones  Lynne Wright  Tom Murphy
 Graham Capener  Mark Wilson  Elly Clark
 Mike Birch & Ned Trifle  Alton Douglas & Brewin  Books  Lois Waters
 Carol Beamish  Peter Limbrick  Nadia Macis
 John Winterbottom  Frances Pritchett  Gilbert Sherborne
 Amy Lunn  Michelle Shanahan  Simon Rex
 Muriel Caddy    
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