The statue of the Duke of York in Waterloo Place, London, is cleaned.
L/S of the statue of the Duke of York in Waterloo Place, London; ropes are attached down the sides of the column and scaffolding surrounds the statue at the top. C/U of a man, woman and child looking up at the statue; L/S looking up the column from the base. M/S of the statue on top with the scaffolding boards around it; C/Us of the Duke of York's face showing his curly hair and sideburns.
Commentator explains that the statue is being cleaned; "The job called for a pair of steeplejacks to act as batmen, because, although there are stairs inside the column, work on the Duke is mostly done from the scaffolding". We see two men standing on the scaffolding and scrubbing the surface of the statue, with very high views of London seen in the distance - without lots of horrible modern skyscrapers! We are told this is the first time the column has been cleaned since it was erected in 1833, although the statue is cleaned about every ten years.
M/S of the men cleaning, panning left to look across the scaffolding towards Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square; St Paul's can just about be seen in the distance - it is quite hazy. C/U of one of the men cleaning the Duke's nose; L/S of Nelson's column through the scaffolding; M/S looking up at the statue from the knee of it, showing the Duke's sword and rather huge (from this angle) belly.
High angle L/S from the statue looking down onto Constitution Hill. M/S of the men cleaning the Duke's boots - they are huge! Nice high angle L/S looking over to Admiralty Arch (without any scaffolding in the way this time). L/S of the column and statue from ground level, zooming in for M/S of the statue as we see the cleaners climbing down the scaffolding.
Note: there are extensive notes on the statue and column on file plus a newspaper article with a photo of the Duke being cleaned. The steeplejacks are named as George Marquiss and Harry Watson; they could be the ones in this story.
Cuts exist - see separate record.