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

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    "Houndsditch Assassins at bay, Besieged by soldiers and Armed Police." MS group of policemen and civilians standing across street in a line in a a pose for the camera (14). MS two Scots Guards and some civilians by a terraced house (25). Guard, man and small girl by doorway (33). CS three policemen and a civilian (44). A large body of policemen with some Scots Guards armed with rifles beside a shop (W. Walker, at north end of Sidney Street) (63). "The maxim gun proceeding to fight". (66). Line of Guards with rifles running along street past camera. (80). Street with trams; soldiers on horseback with field guns (no Maxim gun visible) in tow (109). "Troops firing at the murderers in Sydney (sic) Street" (112). MLS view across street at W. Walker shop, line of soldiers, some crouching, with body of police behind them (119). Shop with name M. Abraham (no. 123); soldier runs through doorway to the left; man (Special Branch?) fires a pistol from the doorway (129). A soldier aiming rifle and firing from doorway of restaurant at no. 129 (139). "Mr. Winston Churchill, Home Secretary, watching the battle with the chiefs of Police and Detectives" (143). CS men in bowler hats walk past camera (144). MS corner shop no. 114 with group of officials, armed policemen and on the far left Winston Churchill; he talks to his neighbours and gesticulates (166). View across street (no. 129, next to W. Walker in background) with Churchill at the head of a group of officials and policemen looking leftwards (171). Jump cut to closer shot, Churchill then moving out of shot to left (175). "The Besieged House catches Fire" (179). Firemen pulling hose from engine (187). view over wall at smoke rising from back of 100 Sidney Street (200). Policemen walking left past W. Walker shop (209). View along Sidney Street showing no. 100 on fire to left, fire engine in street, civilians watching, fire hose in action (244). "Removing the bodies of the murdered and injured firemen" (247). Ms view down at doorway to no. 100 looking past fire engine ladder as a body is carried out followed by other injured firemen (279). View down at crowded street, people stepping out of the way as fire engine goes past, bell ringing (291). Large crowd of civilians in street (298). Similar view of large crowd (310). Similar shot, many looking at the camera (318 ft).

    Notes: the Siege of Sidney Street took place on the 3rd of January 1911 after police learned of the hiding place (100 Sidney Street) of some of the anarchists implicated in the earlier murder of three policemen in Houndsditch. The two men in the house were both killed. The title referring to a 'murdered' fireman is incorrect - one died when firemen entered the house when the siege was over and part of it collapsed. Winston Churchill was then Home Secretary and was much criticised for being present. Alternative Spelling for search purposes: Sydney Street.

    This is last item on digibeta 3474.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:28:00:00 / 01:31:27:00
    Pathe only hold a Beta of this item - film at NFTVA

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