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Sales Records for
Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank
The Bankís first General Manager, J P Hilton, described the early history of the Birmingham Municipal Bank in a book published in 1927 entitled Britainís First Municipal Savings Bank. This book was published in two editions:
 
 
The book was advertised in the Bankís Annual Reports and was available for purchase throughout the branch network. A number of branch interior photographs (eg Alum Rock) show copies of the Popular Edition displayed for sale on the counter.
 
 
The Bankís archives contain some limited records of the sales of the book (cover of Record Book is shown on right). These records include annual returns from each branch for the year ended March 31st 1934, which show that total sales for that year (for the Popular Edition) amounted to only 8. Total sales in the following two years were 7 and 2.
 
 
The annual return from Northfield branch is reproduced on the right. It shows one of the few sales made in 1933/34. Both this return and the cover of the Record Book have omitted the word 'Savings' when referring to the title of Hilton's book.
 
 
Within 10 years of its publication, therefore, interest in purchasing J P Hiltonís book appears to have ceased. Prior to that date, however, the sales records show that branches had sold over 2,000 copies and that a similar number were still in stock.
 
 
The sales and stock records for individual branches is shown in the following table:
                                                               Sales      Stock
 
 
Head Office 366 21
Acocks Green 39 17
Alum Rock 11 24
Aston 62 28
Aston Cross 38 39
Balsall Heath 23 60
Bearwood 202 7
Billesley 6 19
Birchfield 6 54
Bordesley Green 32 51
Bournville 8 22
Brandwood 0 0
Brookvale 6 12
Cotteridge/Kings Norton 0 24
Duddeston 37 42
Erdington 97 38
Farcroft 15 59
Hall Green 4 66
Handsworth 127 27
Harborne 56 58
Hay Mills 100 54
Heybarnes 1 24
Hockley 55 63
Horse Fair 0 10
Kings Heath 33 92
Kingstanding 0 0
Ladywood 52 77
Little Bromwich 17 11
Longbridge/Rednal and Rubery 0 6
Lozells 68 60
Moseley 7 63
Nechells 11 67
Newtown Row 4 27
Northfield 30 83
Oldbury 0 6
Perry Common 3 22
Pype Hayes 12 23
Quinton 15 16
Rotton Park 75 29
Saltley 72 31
Sandwell 0 0
Selly Oak 101 13
Selly Park 2 45
Sherlock Street 0 49
Shirley 0 0
Short Heath 0 17
Small Heath 45 65
Sparkbrook 41 69
Sparkhill 7 43
Springfield 66 59
Spring Hill 30 60
Stechford 8 21
Stirchley 120 18
Ward End 33 82
Wheeler Street 0 6
Witton 13 52
Yardley 0 0
Exhibition 3 19
2,159 2,050