Prior to tomorrow’s actual entry, I’ve been surfing YouTube for documentary footage. I love old public information films and I can’t explain why. Here are some items that may be of interest to London-liking folk.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fABILtla_lE&feature=channel - Blackfriars Bridge, 1896
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJi7x2QIO-8&feature=channel - London Bridge, thirty years later, in colour. Gives you a brief snapshot of just how busy the Pool of London was in those pre-war days.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9_gjh_YTJ0&feature=channel - The Houses of Parliament, 1926, again in colour. Surprisingly little has changed since this was filmed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAYUpqDVNI&NR=1 - Some Bright Young Things in Hyde Park. This colour footage was all shot by Claude Friese-Green for a film called ‘The Open Road’.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzeBDcmrjjY&feature=channel - Petticoat Lane, London. Some fine footage of what the gentleman-about-town was wearing in the Roaring Twenties. Hats, mostly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwvX8P0ZRKE&NR=1 - Taking in the sights at St James’s Palace.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LGavykBbxM&feature=channel - ‘Colour on the Thames’ from 1935. Highlights include Richmond and construction of the ugly Hungerford Bridge. The heavily industrialised Pool of London is unrecognisable but for the few landmarks that survive. As for the Docklands, you wouldn’t know it was the same place today.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Slk1KCQPolE&feature=related - The London Underground in 1963, including Upminster Depot, Loughton Station and signalling at Camden Town.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B92MnoPVtGs&feature=related - Coffee shops in London in the 1960s. Some fine footage of Soho. I particularly like the square narrator trying to be “down with the kids” and the supremely wooden proprietor complaining about overheads.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvFeZqv7WuQ&feature=related - King’s Road, Chelsea, 1967.
That’s all for now, chums, but stay tuned tomorrow for another exciting installment of London Particulars! G’bye now!