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The London Topographical Society

Films digitised with the support of The London Topographical Society, the charity which charts our capital’s history, growth and topography.

Founded in 1880 the London Topographical Society is a registered charity (No 271590). It concentrates on publishing books and sheet material illustrating the history, growth and topography of London of all periods. The Society remains true to the vision of its founders by making available maps, plans and views, as well as publishing research, to assist the study and appreciation of London.

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The London Topographical Society
View London Street Scenes - Trafalgar Square
London Street Scenes - Trafalgar Square
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London Street Scenes - Trafalgar Square 1910

Spot the changes and continuities in this majestic Edwardian panorama of Trafalgar Square.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Animated Politics
Animated Politics
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Animated Politics 1910

Woolwich candidates face the voters in the first of 1910's two general elections.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Miss Davison's Funeral
Miss Davison's Funeral
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Miss Davison's Funeral 1913

The funeral procession of suffragette Emily Davison - fatally injured at the Epsom Derby - passes through London to her final resting place in Morpeth.

2 mins United Kingdom

View To Defend the East Coast
To Defend the East Coast
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To Defend the East Coast 1914

Magnificent artillery horses and their youthful riders parade the streets of Eltham as rapt locals look on.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Looping the Loop at Hendon
Looping the Loop at Hendon
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Looping the Loop at Hendon 1914

Spectacular feats of early aviation at Hendon Aerodrome, North London.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Old London
Old London
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Old London 1914

A revealing tour of London's notable buildings - some now lost for ever - which uncovers their intriguing histories.

7 mins United Kingdom

View Khaki Bank Holiday
Khaki Bank Holiday
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Khaki Bank Holiday 1915

The holiday crowds are in the mood to enjoy themselves at Hampstead Fair, and army recruiters seize the opportunity to encourage enlistment.

United Kingdom

View London under Snow
London under Snow
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London under Snow 1916

WWI recruits apply their training - to a friendly snowball fight

1 mins United Kingdom

View Central London Street Scenes
Central London Street Scenes
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Central London Street Scenes 1923

These atmospheric scenes of the Thames and central London (including some spoiled by fog) were shot for the Sherlock Holmes feature The Sign of Four.

5 mins United Kingdom

View London As the 'city of Dreadful Night'
London As the 'city of Dreadful Night'
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London As the 'city of Dreadful Night' 1924

Experience the dinge and gloom of the smog shrouding London's Trafalgar Square in the 1920s.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Everybody Happy!
Everybody Happy!
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Everybody Happy! 1926

Splendid scenes of Londoners letting off steam around the capital - but where, exactly?

1 mins United Kingdom

View Greenwich Clock and Observatory
Greenwich Clock and Observatory
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Greenwich Clock and Observatory 1928

Tick-tock, tick-tock...the home of British time-keeping at Greenwich.

1 mins United Kingdom

View In the Sizzling Sunshine
In the Sizzling Sunshine
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In the Sizzling Sunshine 1929

Hot and bothered Londoners find ways to cool off in the summer heatwave of 1929.

1 mins United Kingdom

View The Gunners Put up a Good Show
The Gunners Put up a Good Show
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The Gunners Put up a Good Show 1929

Charging horses and blazing guns at the Woolwich Garrison tattoo, leading to a toy soldier massacre.

1 mins United Kingdom

View The Opening of Barking Swimming Pool
The Opening of Barking Swimming Pool
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The Opening of Barking Swimming Pool 1931

Much excitement for the opening of Barking's new swimming pool - better known as the East End's Lido.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Soup Kitchen
Soup Kitchen
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Soup Kitchen 1934

A rare glimpse inside the Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor in the East End during the early 1930s.

4 mins United Kingdom

View Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
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Grand Union Canal 1937

Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.

23 mins United Kingdom

View A Window in London
A Window in London
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A Window in London 1939

Michael Redgrave's construction worker is embroiled in murder and intrigue in this lively British thriller, packed with pre-war London locations.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Herbert Mason

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Challenge War on Slums
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Challenge War on Slums 1941

"Plague spots in the richest city in the world" - slums are demolished to make way for new homes in Somers Town, London.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Carry On Lombard Street
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Carry On Lombard Street 1941

Barclays Bank's London HQ adapts to wartime banking, as a keen amateur filmmaker records staff at work, rest and play.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. NOEL Rogers

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Ten Bridges
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Ten Bridges 1957

A beautifully evocative three-mile glide along the Thames from bustling docks to bohemian Chelsea.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Luke

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The Square
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The Square 1957

An old man looks back wistfully over his years spent living in a King's Cross square, and enjoys a surprise skiffle party organised by neighbours.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Winner

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Sport U Schule
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Sport U Schule 1958

Hackney Downs School Cadets in athletics training and competition, filmed by teacher Joe Brearley.

8 mins United Kingdom

View Yoko Tani in London
Yoko Tani in London
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Yoko Tani in London 1959

A fun tour of 1950s West End with international film star Yoko Tani

8 mins United Kingdom

View Barbican Regained
Barbican Regained
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Barbican Regained 1963

Fascinating look at the Barbican – before it became the brutalist icon we know today.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Cross

View London from the Air 1 (Fun Palace outtakes)
London from the Air 1 (Fun Palace outtakes)
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London from the Air 1 (Fun Palace outtakes) 1963

London in 1963 was a city in flux, as this spectacular aerial footage shows.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Joan Littlewood

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London from the Air 2 (Fun Palace outtakes)
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London from the Air 2 (Fun Palace outtakes) 1963

Excellent if somewhat jerky aerial shots of London taken from a helicopter and featuring close-ups of Waterloo, the docks and Tower Bridge.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Camp in Camden
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Camp in Camden 1971

Eye-opening record of an alternative summer camp for Camden youth by community group Inter-Action.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Dick Foster

View Inter-action in Croydon
Inter-action in Croydon
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Inter-action in Croydon 1971

Do you remember when the moon men came to Croydon? You can bet these kids never forgot the day Dogg's Troupe landed

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Morrison

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London Me Bharat
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London Me Bharat 1972

Stylishly-shot document of multicultural 1970s London among Southall's Asian community.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Vinod Pande

View Fourteen Acres of Green
Fourteen Acres of Green
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Fourteen Acres of Green 1977

Environmentalists wage war on the Greater London Council in this eye-opening account of a battle to save Hammersmith's open spaces.

14 mins United Kingdom

View Cabtrack The Direct Auto-control Personal Taxi Service
Cabtrack  The Direct Auto-control Personal Taxi Service
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Cabtrack The Direct Auto-control Personal Taxi Service 1972

Could computer-controlled taxis solve the traffic crisis? Maybe not, but this film's a must for technology buffs (and fans of early electronic music).

16 mins United Kingdom

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