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    Housing crisis. Luton, Bedfordshire.

    Pan down terraced housing with scaffolding. Views of various properties with "For Sale by Auction" signs. Railings outside house with pan up to show building. Cumberland Hotel, cars and taxis pass in front. An old MGTD (?) pulls up in front of the hotel. View of grand blocks of flats. Closer views of facade. Sign reads: "Disraeli Gardens - Attractive Modernised Flats for Sale." Pull back to show flats. Windows of large block of flats around a courtyard. Woman looks out of her flat window. Camera does 360 degree pan of flats.

    Man walks up steps to a terraced house. Car drives towards camera in a quiet terraced street. Shot of parked cars - ends on shot through a window of a car - a man sleeps inside. A couple in a car pour a hot drink from a flask. Man smokes and drinks tea/coffee. Sign reads: "Brookview Estate - Wimpey Houses for Sale." Shots of new houses - possibly in Luton. Pan across to show landscape opposite the houses (young trees and grass.) Facade of various Estate Agents including "Mandley and Sparrow". Views of the agent's windows. Couple look through the window at details of houses. One house is priced at £9950.

    Group of people gathered under umbrellas - possibly for an auction. Young couple are interviewed (no sound) on construction site. They embrace whilst looking at a house. (Presumably they have bought it.) Man knocks at the door of a new house. Couple in a car getting dressed (they have presumably slept all night in their car.) Woman drinks a cup of coffee sitting in her car. Calor Gas cooking stove with a kettle (?). M/S of woman sitting in car drinking soup. People stand around outside their cars.

    Note: this reel catalogued from negative on Steenbeck without negative viewing facility therefore some details unclear.

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    British Pathé
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    01:16:19:00 / 01:36:24:00
    UN 4592 A
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    UN 4592 A
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    Trade & Industry
    Three Counties EMPTY HOMES Post-war MG Ts TBTF EP 5 cowbois cowboy builders Dim Byrd 3 English Streets Luton and Beds Social Housing British Economy in the 1970s
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Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    This footage was filmed on the 8th May 1972.

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