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    Hop pickers leave London Bridge by train for working holiday in Kent.

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    Unissued / unused material.

    Hop Pickers leave London Bridge for working holiday in Kent.

    Exterior London Bridge station showing notice - "British Railways, London Bridge". MS horse and cart arriving at station with hop pickers. MS woman getting down out of cart. CU two boys. CU head shot of elderly woman, pan to another woman. LS people wheeling loaded prams. MS queue at booking office. CU elderly woman looking confused. MS woman and boy passing camera. MS group of hop pickers. MS man pushing loaded pram. MS women pushing loaded prams. MS railwaymen giving directions to hoppers. MS man pushing loaded pram followed by woman carrying baby and others.

    MS fireman of the train in cabin. Back view hoppers walking along platform. LS hoppers with their baggage going along platform. LS train and platform. MS hoppers handing in luggage. CU person holding child. MS man and boy pushing truck. LS hoppers gathered outside station. Panning CU along people at booking office. MS luggage being loaded. MS people on lorries.

    MS train arriving at destination. MS people getting off train (2 shots). CU two elderly women walking along platform. CU old woman. CU crying child sitting in push chair. CUs luggage being unloaded which includes tables, chairs - everything but the kitchen sink! MS pickers collecting luggage. MS people carrying luggage out of station. CU two men carrying chairs etc.

    CU pram of luggage being loaded at London Bridge. MS pram being loaded. Back view guard waving train out. Front view guard waving train out. Travel shot of platform as train moves out of station. Travel shot of platform as train moves out of station, including back of train. Travel shot rooftops of London from passing train. Travel shot from train passing London buildings. Travel shot rooftops. MS Railway track from train. CU head shot of the guard.

    MS police sergeant helping old woman down from train at destination. MS train arriving at destination. LS & MS hoppers getting down from train. MS notice - "Arthur Guinness Son and Co. Ltd. Hop Gardens, Udiam". CU station nameplate - "Bodiam". CU pan up hop vines. MS hop vine. MS luggage being loaded onto open lorry (2 shots). MS woman pushing two children in pram along road. LS woman and children with pram. LS hoppers walking along road (2 shots). MS lorry going along road. Back view hoppers going along road. CU hoppers and luggage on lorry. LS lorry and hoppers going along road.

    Date on original dope sheet is 05/09/1950. Note dope sheet reads: "NB beginning of story is shot early in the morning in very poor light". Cataloguers' note: cameraman writes on dope sheet that he was not allowed to film inside hops farm as the farm manager was going to break it to the hoppers that he had been experimenting with a picking machine and didn't want the "inevitable riot" that would follow to be filmed! Sad end of an era. AH 2002.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:53:00 / 01:39:46:00
    UN 2291 A

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