Twentieth Century London

Early London footage, early accidents and disasters, policemen, railways, fire fighters, shipbuilders, the Titanic, World War One, 1920s travel, 1920s Stock Exchange and advertising, Kings George V and Vi in London 1920s, WW2 London shots, 1950s optimism/consumerism. Additional footage is available.

Early Traffic

Early Traffic (1890)

Early traffic scenes - transferred at wrong speed - same material available in early UNs.

Early Traffic Scenes

Early Traffic Scenes (1890)

Various turn of the century scenes of traffic in London and around the country.

London Street Scene

London Street Scene (1910)

Busy London street scene.

Hyde Park Corner 1896

Hyde Park Corner 1896 (1896)

Hyde Park Corner, London, in 1896 - unusually early footage.

Street Scene

Street Scene (1910)

Busy London street scene.

London

London (1910)

Important-looking men arrive at a London building and brief shots of start of a street parade.

King George Amongst His People

King George Amongst His People (1912)

King George V and Queen Mary inspect the London Hospital Whitechapel, London.

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The "Prudential" Blaze (1932)

London firemen deal with a blaze at the head office of an insurance company.

Music Hall Fire

Music Hall Fire (1919)

Scenes of the destruction caused by the fire at the Kingston Empire.

A Tragedy Of The Thames

A Tragedy Of The Thames (1931)

A liner runs into a tug on the River Thames with the loss of 8 lives.

Railway Accident

Railway Accident (1910)

An empty train runs into a goods train near Croydon.

Railway Disaster - Ais Gill

Railway Disaster - Ais Gill (1913)

Shots of wreckage from train crash. Cumbria.

Air Mail Plane Crash

Air Mail Plane Crash

An air mail plane crashes in North London, narrowly missing several houses.

Billiards Hall Collapses

Billiards Hall Collapses (1920)

An item showing a Billiards Hall that has collapsed killing two.

Horse Fire Engine 1908

Horse Fire Engine 1908

Exciting footage of fire engines rushing to a fire - acted sequence of the rescue of man and child.

London Buskers  AKA London Street Scenes

London Buskers AKA London Street Scenes (1910)

Street scenes in London around Piccadilly - during tube strike or closure?

Manchester Police

Manchester Police (1910)

Manchester police take a criminal to prison.

Police Inspection

Police Inspection (1910)

Police inspection and arrest.

Policemen Drill

Policemen Drill (1910)

Police and firemen practise their drill.

Parade Of Police And Local Dignitaries In Wolverhampton

Parade Of Police And Local Dignitaries In Wolverhampton (1910)

Footage of police parade in Wolverhampton.

Civil War - London And Liverpool Under Mob Law

Civil War - London And Liverpool Under Mob Law (1911)

Police and troops at work in London and Liverpool, controlling crowds during strike.

Sydney Street Siege AKA Sidney Street Siege

Sydney Street Siege AKA Sidney Street Siege (1911)

Coverage of the famous Siege of Sidney Street in London's East End.

London - Sidney Street Siege

London - Sidney Street Siege (1911)

Footage showing events around the siege of Sidney Street in 1911. Compelling stuff!

London Policeman

London Policeman (1914)

Great footage of crowds at London market stall being kept in order by a policeman.

Firefighters Drill

Firefighters Drill (1910)

Firefighters practise their drill.

Fire Brigade Faces Friendly Critics

Fire Brigade Faces Friendly Critics (1914)

Demonstration by fire brigade at burning building.

Fire At Grosvenor House

Fire At Grosvenor House

Fireman continue working to put out the last of the blaze that destroyed the top floor of the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Farmyard Fire

Farmyard Fire (1908)

A haystack is accidentally set on fire by boys - farmers and firemen have to put out the blaze.

Cotton Fire - Liverpool

Cotton Fire - Liverpool (1910)

Firefighters tackle blaze in cotton mill. Liverpool. Merseyside.

Fire At Devonport

Fire At Devonport (1910)

Firemen fight fire in Tasmania.

Ambulance Drill

Ambulance Drill (1910)

British ambulance men practise emergency drill.

Fire Drill At Factory

Fire Drill At Factory (1910)

Item showing fire drill at factory.

London - Fire Heroes Receive Medals

London - Fire Heroes Receive Medals (1914)

Firemen are inspected then presented with medals in London.

Fire Engines

Fire Engines (1915)

Good shots of firemen and fire engines leaving station and policemen on training exercise 1915.

Brave Fire Fighters

Brave Fire Fighters (1918)

Footage of fire fighters in action.

Fire On The Docks AKA Fire Dock

Fire On The Docks AKA Fire Dock (1914)

Huge fire raging on docks.

Women Fire Fighters

Women Fire Fighters (1914)

Good footage of women fire fighters taking part in exercise at hospital in Dartford.

Women's Fire Brigade AKA Firewomen

Women's Fire Brigade AKA Firewomen (1916)

Women fire fighters rescuing people Dartford Fire Brigade.

Funeral Procession Men In Uniform

Funeral Procession Men In Uniform (1910)

Footage of funeral procession and miners at work in coal mine.

Prince With Miners

Prince With Miners (1918)

Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, with a group of miners.

Cornish Tin Mine Disaster

Cornish Tin Mine Disaster

Shots of the Broken shaft at the Levant Tin Mine in Cornwall that caused many deaths.

Unknown Celebrities At Inauguration Of New Train 'liverpool Street'

Unknown Celebrities At Inauguration Of New Train 'liverpool Street' (1910)

Footage of unidentified personalities attending the inauguration of the steam locomotive.

Night Railway For Shells

Night Railway For Shells (1914)

Light railway brings shells up to the Front.

Train Moving Through Station AKA Railway Train

Train Moving Through Station AKA Railway Train (1914)

Railway train moving slowly through station and past camera.

Shipping

Shipping (1910)

Footage of shipyards and large ships.

Launch Of Hmhs Britannic

Launch Of Hmhs Britannic (1914)

Launching of SS Britannic at Belfast.

Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding (1920)

Item showing ship and launcher being built.

Britannic

Britannic (1914)

Item showing new funnel for SS Britannic.

HMS Britannic

HMS Britannic (1914)

White Star passenger liner HMS Britannic under construction at Belfast shipyard.

New British Industry - Hanworthy, Dorset

New British Industry - Hanworthy, Dorset (1914)

Construction of concrete oil tankers in Hanworthy, Dorset.

Titanic Disaster - Genuine Footage

Titanic Disaster - Genuine Footage (1911)

Extended coverage of events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.

Titanic Disaster

Titanic Disaster (1911)

Film which claims to be the Titanic setting sail. Shots of relatives after sinking.

Married Men Called Up  - Last Farewells In London

Married Men Called Up - Last Farewells In London (1916)

Married men called up - bidding goodbye to families and marching off through London

Declaration Of War

Declaration Of War (1914)

Shot of St Pancras railway station after war has been declared. London.

Crowds At Trafalgar Square And Stock Exchange

Crowds At Trafalgar Square And Stock Exchange (1914)

Crowds in London wait to hear declaration of war, August 1914.

1914 - 1918 War Scenes

1914 - 1918 War Scenes (1914)

World War I scenes.

British Soldiers

British Soldiers (1914)

British soldiers putting on gas masks and walking through trench.

Western Front Scenes - Part 2

Western Front Scenes - Part 2 (1910)

Good footage from the Western Front during the First World War.

Western Front Scenes - Part 1

Western Front Scenes - Part 1 (1910)

Good footage from the Western Front during the First World War.

Jutland Day

Jutland Day (1926)

A memorial service on board a boat in the River Tyne.

Balfour Unveils Memorial To Vice Admiral Cradock

Balfour Unveils Memorial To Vice Admiral Cradock (1914)

Arthur Balfour (long time British statesman and foreign secretary under Lloyd George) unveils memorial to Vice Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock.

Flags Of HMS Kent Deposited At Canterbury Cathedral

Flags Of HMS Kent Deposited At Canterbury Cathedral (1914)

Military ceremony involving placing of flags at Canterbury Cathedral.

Armistice Day 1918

Armistice Day 1918

Celebrations around the world after the news of Germany's surrender.

Service At The Cenotaph

Service At The Cenotaph

Crowds gathered at the Cenotaph to pay tribute to the dead with a minutes silence.

Armistice Day 1920  Alternative Version

Armistice Day 1920 Alternative Version (1920)

The unknown soldier is laid to rest in England amidst much ceremony.

The Nile

The Nile

Tourists watch an alligator or crocodile diving into the Nile - various shots of the river and landscape.

People Disembark From Liner

People Disembark From Liner (1913)

Large numbers of people disembark form ocean liner.

Bon Voyage - Duke Of Connaught Leaves For India

Bon Voyage - Duke Of Connaught Leaves For India

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught is seen departing for India on warship 'Malaya'.

"Pedal-Power" (1924)

Various means of transportation including rickshaws and sedan chairs.

Sir Alan And Lady Cobham

Sir Alan And Lady Cobham (1927)

Sir Alan and Lady Cobham leave in a seaplane.

Passenger Liner Trip

Passenger Liner Trip (1920)

Footage of people taking trip on large liner.

Indian Carnival

Indian Carnival (1920)

Huge crowds watch carnival / street parade in India.

The British Motor Car  AKA William Morris

The British Motor Car AKA William Morris (1913)

Documentary about the growth of the Morris motor company

Progress Of Publicity

Progress Of Publicity (1925)

Advert for Savon Cadum soap in Paris, France.

Advertising Exhibition

Advertising Exhibition (1920)

An old fashioned horse drawn bus drives through the London streets, advertising the Advertising Exhibition

London Traffic 1910 AKA Traffic Scenes

London Traffic 1910 AKA Traffic Scenes (1914)

Double decker buses with Pear's soap advertising.

Bus Centenary

Bus Centenary (1920)

Procession of modern, motorised and horse-drawn buses drive through central London.

London's Night Lights  AKA Londons Night Lights  Reel 1

London's Night Lights AKA Londons Night Lights Reel 1 (1921)

Unedited material showing London at night in around 1921 - Piccadilly Circus, West End theatres etc.

London's Night Lights  AKA Londons Night Lights  Reel 2

London's Night Lights AKA Londons Night Lights Reel 2 (1921)

Unedited material showing London at night in around 1921 - Piccadilly Circus, West End theatres etc.

London's Night Lights  AKA Londons Night Lights  Reel 3

London's Night Lights AKA Londons Night Lights Reel 3 (1921)

Unedited material showing London at night in around 1921 - Piccadilly Circus, West End theatres etc.

London Welcomes The King

London Welcomes The King (1929)

Large crowds of people turn out to see King George V arrive at Buckingham Palace, London.

King And Queen In East End AKA The King And Queen Among The Workers

King And Queen In East End AKA The King And Queen Among The Workers (1921)

King George V and Queen Mary walk through the crowds and meet workers in the East End of London.

George V

George V

King George V is seen riding through the streets of London, on his way to lay the foundation stone of the LSE

London Welcomes King After Illness

London Welcomes King After Illness (1928)

Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace to welcome King George V after his illness. London.

All Happiness Attend You!

All Happiness Attend You! (1923)

Prince Albert, the Duke of York, pictured with his fiancee Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

"We Must See Her!" (1928)

Huge crowds turn out to see the Duke and Duchess of York visit the Robert Browning Settlement.

London's Firefighters

London's Firefighters

London firemen put on impressive display for the Duke of York.

Duke And Duchess Of York

Duke And Duchess Of York (1928)

The Duke and Duchess of York arrive to open a new school at Edmonton.

Buckingham Palace Bombed

Buckingham Palace Bombed (1940)

Damage to Buckingham Palace after a German bombing raid.

London's Biggest Blitz

London's Biggest Blitz (1941)

Night shots of massive fires + clearing up and rescue work the next morning.

London City Fire And Damage

London City Fire And Damage (1941)

Massive fires in City of London as result of night bombing raid, good Blitz shots.

Murder From The Skies

Murder From The Skies (1940)

Fires and devastation in London caused by German bombing - King George inspects damage.

D-Day Greatest Combined Operation In World's History

D-Day Greatest Combined Operation In World's History (1944)

Allied armies invade Normandy coast of France - D-day landings.

Evacuation Of The BEF

Evacuation Of The BEF (1940)

The classic Newsreel story of the rescue of British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

London High Street With Shops

London High Street With Shops

Busy London shopping street.

Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping (1955)

Scenes of Christmas shopping in London.

New Year Bargains

New Year Bargains (1952)

Big crowds looking for bargains in London's New Year sales.

Summer Sales

Summer Sales (1951)

Queues in Oxford Street for the summer sales

Building The New Britain

Building The New Britain (1957)

Queen Elizabeth II visits Building Exhibition in London.

The End Of Sweet Rationing AKA Sweets Off Ration

The End Of Sweet Rationing AKA Sweets Off Ration (1949)

Toddlers with faces covered in chocolate eating bars of chocolate.

Christmas Shopping At Selfridges

Christmas Shopping At Selfridges (1954)

Parents and their children go shopping for Christmas toys in Selfridges. London.

Crazy Sale! AKA Silly Sale

Crazy Sale! AKA Silly Sale (1953)

Tailors have a sale - cutting prices and getting long queues outside.

City Crowds

City Crowds

Various shots of people shopping in London's busy streets.

Battle Of Bargains

Battle Of Bargains (1955)

January sales attract thousands of bargain hunters.

Peter Robinson Sale

Peter Robinson Sale (1957)

Good shots of people shopping in the sales at Peter Robinson's store. London.

Coventry Reborn

Coventry Reborn (1949)

Coventry is slowly being rebuilt after all the destruction of the war. West Midlands.

New National Health Service

New National Health Service (1944)

Message to fill in application form and 'Don't Forget, Choose Your Doctor Now'.