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Drills at Southwark and New H.Q.
Ladders, fire engines and ropes are inspected, before we get a long look at the Fire Brigade’s new Lambeth HQ from the river.
Amateur film 1936 7 mins Silent
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The first half of this film shows firefighters performing drills in front of officers such as using and taking apart ladders, working a water mains and wrestling ropes. Also includes interior footage and shots of a fire engine. This is probably from the old HQ in Southwark as the rest of the film, taken from a boat, looks at the HQ under construction on Albert Embankment, flanked by two striking lost buildings – the art deco WH Smiths building and Royal Doulton pottery works.
London's Bridges on Film
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Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Kingston Upon Thames
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Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Silent Location: River Thames
A ceremonial swan census takes place on the river Thames.
Documentary 1939 9 mins Silent
A nostalgic pre-war voyage down the mighty Thames, shot by Technicolor maestro Jack Cardiff.
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Don your straw boater and join Victorians at play as you potter down the river at Henley-on-Thames
1935 16 mins
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Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent Location: Southwark
London Fire Brigade's engines bring the streets of London to a standstill as they perform a demonstration for wounded soldiers.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Location: Southwark
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Training London's Fire Brigade - Display at Headquarters Training London's Fire Brigade - Display at Headquarters
Amateur film 1928 4 mins Location: Southwark
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Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins Location: Tower Hamlets
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Amateur film 1945 9 mins Silent Location: Southwark
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Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
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Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
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Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
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