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Building of the Welwyn Department Stores

No bum cleavage here! From its foundations to near-completion, construction workers - wearing flat cap and with trowel - all pull together to build the iconic Welwyn Stores.

Amateur film 1938 16 mins Silent

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Welwyn Stores was an iconic venue for Welwyn Garden City; a one-stop-shop for Garden Citizens, and for some 'THE place to be seen'. With shovelling and levelling, banging and mixing, and carrying to-and-fro, here, the workers graft together to construct the building; a real team effort with skill and hands-on labour - but not without smiles for the camera.