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    Mr Mason shows us his strange house with towers, chimneys and balconies. High Halden.

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    Queer house - High Halden.


    Various shots of a three storey house with towers, chimneys and balconies. The owner, 73 year old Mr Mason, enters his house which has 8 doors. M/S as he stands on his balcony and paints the tower which has a picture of a girl on it. He looks out over the countryside.

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    New sound pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:36:00 / 01:01:40:00
    NSP 197

Comments (2)

  1. davidl says

    This should be High Halden (not Malden). Mason's house was on Plurenden Road, just east of the village. As a young customs official in China, in 1891 Charles Welsh Mason attempted to launch a rebellion against the ruling Qing dynasty. After his Chinese associates were all tortured and executed, he was jailed and deported back to Britain. He became a successful novelist, ran off to the Klondyke to look for gold, married and settled in New York, became a book critic for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, divorced and lived as a hermit in upstate New York, fought in the British Army in WWI, was invalided out in 1917, and finally settled down at High Halden around 1922. He died in Dover in 1951, having published his guilt-ridden autobiography, "The Chinese Confessions of Charles Welsh Mason".

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  2. BritishPathe says

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your comment and for spotting this.

    The information you provide is also very interesting, thank you for that. We hope it is of interest to those who view this video.

    We have amended the description.

    Thank you for helping us keep our archive organised!

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