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Thames Scenes Procession in East End Tower Bridge
Whistle stop tour of the Thames' iconic locations, followed by crowds, eels and strongmen in the East End.
Amateur film 1933 8 mins Silent
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Tower Bridge and the Tower of London strike an interest, but the East End is the real star of this film. Crowds initially gather for the camera in Bethnal Green, before a pro trade union procession, in aid of the Hackney Nurses Home, bustles past. Snippets of an eel seller and a strongman performing in the street complete what is a memorable journey.
London's Bridges on Film
Travelogue 2006 65 mins Location: Land's End
Startling colour photography of 1920s Britain imbues Claude Friese-Greene’s 1920s road trip around Britain.
Documentary 1962 10 mins Silent Location: Lambeth
A colourful round up of the 1962 Lambeth Festival with fun for all, from a carnival parade to a beauty contest judged by radio’s Alan Freeman.
1961 14 mins Silent Location: Greenwich
Boys’ canoe trip on the Thames in London
Non-Fiction 1924 13 mins Silent Location: London
The Thames was alive with vessels of all shapes and sizes, testimony to the success of London as a busy Port, handling cargo and passenger ferries from around the world.
1931 5 mins Silent Location: Bermondsey
Scenes of thronging street life and market trading along Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey Street and Southwark Park Road.
Interest film 1905 2 mins Silent Location: Tower Br
Rare early glimpses of the Edwardian Thames at its busiest.
Documentary 1955 16 mins Location: Westminster
Discover the history of the Thames River Police with a rather different tour of London's iconic river.
Amateur film 1969 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Take to the streets for a trade union march on the Victoria Embankment and joyous carnival scenes in Bethnal Green.
Amateur film 1947 8 mins Silent Location: Tower Hamlets
Set sail with the Cambridge Camera Club as they take to the Thames for a post-war day out at Margate.
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent Location: London
From the Tower of London to Hyde Park Corner, this is a wonderful short sharp tour of several London landmarks.
Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins Location: Tower Hamlets
Fascinating, technical military film made during the Blitz showing how to deal with unexploded bombs in London.
News 1945 1 mins Location: London
A newsreel announcer is unimpressed with London’s striking dockers in this short film from 1945.
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
1965 1 mins Location: York
A world away from zany humour, Richard Lester shows he can also capture the easy opulence of the upper class nibbling After Eight mints.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
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