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Last updated: April 11, 2018 at 18:32 pm

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Natwest to close at end of May
The Natwest Bank at 22 Frederick Street will cease to be part of the Natwest Banking group at the end of May this year.

The premises were built in 1903 (see date on pediments at roof level) and are Grade II Listed, which includes some fixtures and fittings such as the counters, etc.

The Branch was sold by Natwest to a firm in Gibraltar five years ago who later went bankrupt and the building was put in the hands of the Official Receiver – Natwest took out a short-term lease but that has now run out. A private buyer now owns the building.

The local Natwest branch will be greatly missed by many as the nearest branch is in the City Centre which is not at all convenient. The Post Office in Vyse Street will be acting as a point for paying in/drawing out but no doubt the cash machine will also disappear from No.22. In fact as we closed for press the bank have requested planning permission to remove the cash machine and other bank fixtures and fittings.

Cycle Lanes
Apparently, we are to have extra cycle lanes – but how can you stop cyclists from tearing along one-way streets in the wrong direction and riding on pavements? Seems a habit in the Jewellery Quarter.

The Four Museums in The Quarter
With the summer fast approaching and families, clubs and schools looking for somewhere different and interesting to visit, we have included a feature on all four Museums which are unique from a heritage and events point of view – covering Jewellery, Pen Making, Silver and Coffins – and all within walking distance of each other.

Plenty of Drinks & Food
These days there are plenty of nice places to fill up with drinks and food whereas in the past we plenty of ‘Greasy Joe’ type cafes and a few scruffy pubs, with just a few exceptions here and there of quality restaurants.

Marie Haddleton
Editor

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