Various shots of thatchers at work, in this case with chemically-treated non-inflammable reeds
Northolt, Greater London / Middlesex
MS Front view of the Plough Hotel, Northolt, with a thatched roof. MS Rear view of same with roof timbers revealed. MS Rear view of the roof, with two thatchers at work. CU Thatcher dipping reeds in chemical bath. MS He lifts the soaked Norfolk reeds out of the bath and stacks to one side. MS Lifting reed out of chemicals. MS Man ascending ladder to roof level of hotel, carrying bundles of reeds on his shoulder. MS Roof level, man dumping reed. CU Bundles of reeds, hand grasping and stacking in place on roof. CU Man adjusting reeds on roof. MS Pinning the bundles onto roof. CU and MS A tool called a "legget" and using same to finish off thatching. CU Thatcher, George Marjoram's face. LS Finishing and combing down roof. CU Two thatchers using blow lamps on thatch in an attempt to set fire to it. CU Hand holding blow lamp. CU Worried landlord, Mr Faulkner, in attic window, panning to landlady. CU Hand holding blow lamp, reeds appear singed but not on fire. LS Trying to burn roof, with press photographers as audience.
Note: "Date received" on original paperwork, reads "7/5/48".