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    Shots of steel bars being pressed at steel works.

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    Steel works.

    Location of events unknown / unclear.

    MS steelworker from outside, red hot bar of steel comes down, pan down to water pouring and machine working, red bars come between and are pressed into shape by the blocks.

    CU of the bars. MS water falling down. MS and CU bars of steel as they go through the pressing process.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:31:00 / 01:24:02:00
    UN 4563 F

Comments (1)

  1. MikeAsh says

    This appears to be a 1970s rolling mill within a steelworks.

    The billets of steel are being part-finished from about 20cm square cross-section.

    The mill squeezes each billet as it passes back and forth several times.

    There is an upside-down clapperboard record at 3:50 "Thames Television - Report Growth"

    There is a possibility that the location shown is the Bar Mill at Co-Steel, Sheerness, which opened in 1972 ( see Billot, Dr Hugh 'Co-Steel Sheerness - the first twenty five years, ISBN 09532739 0 3)

    The technical skills in capturing this footage are very high - mostly-low light conditions but with a high contrast in the object of attention - the glowing steel billet - which is continuously moving towards and away from the camera. There is also an aesthetic element to the record of the process, where the dark oxide 'scale' moves and drops away from the malleable bright core as the steel is transformed. Human figures are acknowledged in the MS of the 'pulpit' control room.

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