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.
London Street Scenes - Trafalgar Square
Non-Fiction19101 mins Location: Trafalgar Square
Spot the changes and continuities in this majestic Edwardian panorama of Trafalgar Square.
Miss Davison's Funeral
Non-Fiction19132 mins Location: Bloomsbury
The funeral procession of suffragette Emily Davison - fatally injured at the Epsom Derby - passes through London to her final resting place in Morpeth.
To Defend the East Coast
Non-Fiction19141 mins Location: Eltham
Magnificent artillery horses and their youthful riders parade the streets of Eltham as rapt locals look on.
Khaki Bank Holiday
Non-Fiction19151 mins Location: Hampstead Heath
The holiday crowds are in the mood to enjoy themselves at Hampstead Fair, and army recruiters seize the opportunity to encourage enlistment.
Hoxton....Saturday July 3rd, Britannia Theatre
Non-Fiction19206 mins Location: Hoxton
Fantastically lively images from around East London's greatest music hall.
Central London Street Scenes
Travelogue192313 mins Location: Westminster
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.
London as the 'City of Dreadful Night'
Non-Fiction19240 mins Location: Trafalgar Square
Experience the dinge and gloom of the smog shrouding London's Trafalgar Square in the 1920s.
The Official Opening of Gunnersbury Park by the Rt. Hon. Neville Chamberlain, M. P.
Non-Fiction19268 mins Location: Gunnersbury Park
Ealing locals delight in their new park's manicured lawns, splendid mansion, and sports facilities.
Gunners Put up a Good Show
Non-Fiction19291 mins Location: Woolwich
Charging horses and blazing guns at the Woolwich Garrison tattoo, leading to a toy soldier massacre.
The Opening of Barking Swimming Pool
Non-Fiction1931 mins Location: Barking
Much excitement for the opening of Barking's new swimming pool - better known as the East End's Lido.
Grand Union Canal
Documentary193734 mins Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
Cabtrack The Direct Auto-control Personal Taxi Service
Government sponsored film197216 mins Location: London
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).
Challenge War on Slums
Campaigning film194117 mins Location: Somers Town
"Plague spots in the richest city in the world" - slums are demolished to make way for new homes in Somers Town, London.
Carry On Lombard Street
Amateur film194121 mins Location: City of London
Barclays Bank's London HQ adapts to wartime banking, as a keen amateur filmmaker records staff at work, rest and play.
Official Opening of the Classic Hammersmith including Hammersmith Regatta News Reel
Non-Fiction19515 mins Location: Hammersmith
Who needs the Boat Race? Not Hammersmith, with its own regatta - complete with greasy pole competition. Nearby, the Classic Cinema reopens to fanfare.
Drama195716 mins Location: Westminster
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.
London from the Air 2 (Fun Palace outtakes)
Amateur film19633 mins Location: Westminster
Excellent if somewhat jerky aerial shots of London taken from a helicopter and featuring close-ups of Waterloo, the docks and Tower Bridge.
Fourteen Acres of Green
197713 mins Location: Hammersmith
Environmentalists wage war on the Greater London Council in this eye-opening account of a battle to save Hammersmith's open spaces.
Inter-action in Croydon
Documentary197112 mins Location: Croydon
Do you remember when the moon men came to Croydon? You can bet these kids never forgot the day Dogg's Troupe landed