• Short Summary

    Documentary tracing the history of the City of London and the variety of trades performed there. 1951?

  • Description

    This documentary has excellent footage of many London landmarks - very nicely shot. The film has a leisurely pace with lots of lengthy shots. Narrator explains history of buildings and London traditions.

    Reel 2. Lunch hour continues, some workers walk around a church (or possibly St Paul's Cathedral). Young women have lunch and chat in the open air. Grounds of St Bartholemews hospital church. Nurses sit in the sunshine. Plaque commemorating Richard (Dick) Wittington. Cat eating from a saucer. Lord Mayor of London and Aldermen having lunch. Guildhall Library. Court of Common Council.

    Old Bailey and the Scales of Justice. Policeman gives directions to a young woman. Smithfield market. Corporation of London Cleansing Department vehicle. More footage of the Common Council in session. Plaque marking the spot where the first bomb of World War Two fell on London. Bomb damage. Clothier Street, Cutler Street, Goldsmiths Street. Silversmiths at work. Engraving. Company of Gunmakers logo. Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers logo. Company of Basket-Makers logo. Weighing and testing, hallmarking. Testing for the Hall of the Guilds. Seal of the City of London. Tasting wine.

    Secret ballot for new member of the Baltic. Early evening scenes. People in the streets leaving work. Sunset on the Thames. Clergyman walks along the aisle of a church. Statue of Dick Wittington (?). Tools left idle. The end of the working day.

    Film made for The Corporation of London as a contribution to the Festival of Britain. Produced by the Pathe Documentary Unit. Commentary spoken by Norman Wooland. Photography by Reg. W. Cavender. Assistant John Corbett. Sound Track designed by Thomas Henderson. Editing by Maurice Harley. Sound Recording by William S. Bland & George Newberry. Written Produced and Directed by Peter Baylis and Peter Bradford.

    See reel 1.

    Note: very nicely shot film. Lots of trims exist - uncatalogued - there is some information about the trims in the documentation file.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:13:00 / 01:31:24:00

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment