Tim's One Photograph a Day

The Very First Branch of Lloyds Bank, Oldbury.

Lloyds Bank, Oldbury.

The very first branch of Lloyds Bank, in Birmingham Street, Oldbury.

Original, but derelict.

Today’s shot is a little bit of history! Originally only operating from a single office in Birmingham – branches were unheard of. It is tempting to comment we are heading that way again, seeing the number of closed banks that litter our High Streets today. However, forced by one of their major customers, Albright & Wilson (a company who manufactured phosphorous for the production of match heads) Lloyds Bank duly opened their first ever branch – in OldburyAs you may realise, there are two buildings fully featured in this photograph. It is the one on the right, with the ornate green and white frontage, that I am referring to. It is now Grade II Listed. It subsequently closed, presumably merging with what is now the TSB almost immediately behind the camera. For a while, it became a Subway takeaway, but that has now moved into a smaller, new building round the corner. The building on the left in the shot (with the red door) was home to competitor Midland Bank.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 26 Jan 2020
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 14mm
  • F/8
  • 1/80 Sec
  • ISO 800

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