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Kentish Times: Chislehurst & Kentish Times, Sidcup (1948)

“Stop thief!” A wonderful account of local newspaper production in Kent, starting with a dramatic “smash and grab” robbery on the high street in Sidcup.

Sponsored film 1948 39 mins Silent

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This film traces the production of local newspapers belonging to the Kentish Times group. We then closely follow the development of the story from reporting through subbing, typesetting and printing all the way to the reader, in this very detailed celebration of the newspaper trade as it was practised in the London outskirts after the Second World War. Also includes good shots of local life in several towns in the Kent area. Fascinating look at a much-changed trade.

Bexley Local Studies and Archives