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Pinner - 1926 - Osborne Personal Film

Evocative film capturing the suburb of Pinner succumbing to modernity, as we watch roads being constructed and the countryside retreating.

Amateur film 1926 13 mins Silent

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This fine film shows John Betjeman’s Metroland in the process of its construction, as we watch a road and houses slowly appear in the formerly rural suburb of Pinner. This is the onset of suburbanisation, and the cameras show how the area’s rural nature – there are several shots from farms and fields – succumbs to inevitable suburbanisation, with cars and buses replace horses and carts on freshly tarmacked streets. A huge change, carefully chronicled.