This film is part of Free
Challenge War on Slums
"Plague spots in the richest city in the world" - slums are demolished to make way for new homes in Somers Town, London.
Vivid footage of slum living conditions combined with heartstring-pulling intertitles and religious overtones. This film was produced by the St Pancras House Improvement Society, established in 1924 by Father Basil Jellicoe, who was vigorous in raising funds to build new homes in the Somers Town area. There are some shots of him included here, though he had died in 1935.
The St Pancras House Improvement Society was prolific in its use of film as a fundraising tool, making over 20 films. It was bold in using shock tactics too - see also Paradox City (1934). It later became the St Pancras Housing Association, and is now Origin Housing.
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Non-Fiction 1910 0 mins Silent Location: Woolwich
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Non-Fiction 1913 2 mins Silent Location: Bloomsbury
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Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent Location: Eltham
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1937 14 mins Silent Location: Somers Town
Slums are demolished to make way for new homes in Somers Town, central London.
1933 11 mins Silent Location: Somers Town
Happy, ragged children are shown in their swanky new estate in Somers Town, which replaced some of London’s worst housing.
Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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