• Short Summary

    Decorations are made for the route of the Coronation Parade.

  • Description

    Coleridge Gardens, London.

    TV. Men working on Unicorn for decoration of Mall during Coronation parade as Mr. Eric Bedford, Chief Architect, Ministry of Works and company officials examine work. SV. Eric Bedford right of group. SCU. Men at work on unicorn. SV. Man working at forge. GV. Parts being welded together. CU. Welder at work. SV. Man bending a section of red hot tube. LV. Man clambering over Lion. CU. Section of Lion being welded. CU. Head of Unicorn being carried out. SV. Pan down Lion, CU. Model of arch in Mall with Lion and Unicorn on top.

    (Lav.) (Orig "F")

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:38:00 / 01:19:28:00

Comments (2)

  1. qhere61 says

    On the still frame above the 3rd person from the left is Charles HALL, the owner of the business.

    Once the Coronation was over, one of the Lion & Unicorn sets were sent to Australia and installed on the toll booth on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so it would be seen by Her Majesty on her first official visit as the Queen (of Australia).

    For many years afterwards, apparently the Lion and Unicorn lay inside one of the 4 stone corners of the Harbour Bridge. Their final resting spot is unknown and probably those who know are "long dead".

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  2. qhere61 says

    1926 - Took over with his brother Arthur, the C. Hall (Metalworks) Ltd, Coleridge Gardens, Fairfax Road, Hampstead, London, England Examples still exist in London. Shrewsbury School, Walpole Park at Ealing, Butchers’ Hall, Stationers’ Hall, Royal Veterinary College and Golders Green Cremetorium. Also the memorial windows and dome for the Baltic Exchange (now housed at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London after the 1992 IRA bombing of the Baltic Exchange) and the tie-rods for Salisbury Catherdral’s spire. The business name was in 1945 - "C. Hall (Metal Workers Ltd)", Coleridge Gardens (area was formally used by a “rag and bone” men and then later as a handwash laundry business employing 50 women), West Hampstead (he began in Fairfax Road, Hampstead, England) with a single forge, wheeled in and out of the building as there wasn’t enough room internally) in north west London (NW6 Camden). His father started the business in Torquay in 1845 before Charles was born.

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