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Midland bank

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:01 am
by CraftsbyCarolyn
I read that there used to be a Midland Bank in Ampthill - where was it - anyone remember?

Re: Midland bank

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:44 pm
by Paradise_Alley
It was situated where the recently closed Nat West was.

First shown at 8:50 on this movie. Again at about 10:10.
https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-town-of-ampthill-1969-online

Re: Midland bank

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:15 pm
by sizzla
That's a great video, but isn't the traffic far worse now?

Re: Midland bank

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:43 pm
by CraftsbyCarolyn
great video, I guess i must have seen it before, but had forgotten. So presumably NatWest wasn't in the town or did they move.

Interesting to see all the other shops.

Re: Midland bank

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:11 pm
by SCRABBLER
No, I think Nat.West took over the Midland Bank. But what a great film! it is a pity that it goes from 1969 - to around 1979 or so without giving any indication when the film changes. I came to live here in 1964 and remember the demonstrations for the By-Pass very well. It wasn't until 1983 the that By-Pass was opened, but only after much lobbying by the County Council at it's meetings with the Department of Environment (as it was then known).

The footage of Mr Parmiter's Ironmongery shop was interesting as there is a shot of him walking down the side of the shop carrying something to go into his shed which was just behind the shop. The Spinning Wheel, which was the local cafe is shown with a door on the front facia. In 1964 the door was further back into the shop leaving the two windows on either side for display purposes. You could get a light lunch there besides tea and cakes, coffee etc.

There has always been a real community spirit here in Ampthill and I think it shows in this film.