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    Metropolitan Railway Women's work on land to provide for whole staff

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    Potatoes and Foresight - Metropolitan Railway women work on land to provide for whole staff.

    Location of events unknown, probably around west London or Middlesex.

    Shots of women farm workers. CU woman in hat; feeding horse from her hands (horse's nose only in frame). Shot of men and women workers gathering potatoes; one woman sitting on ground; others bending over. Quick cuts of 'extra' shots. Back to CU of woman feeding horse; this time with horse's entire head in frame. Shot of men and horses ploughing (two horses; each led by a man; and a man behind the plough).

    Agriculture; planting; farming; harvest; food; animals; labour; war work. World War One; home front.

    G 421 B.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:13:00 / 01:43:37:00
    ON 043 J

Comments (1)

  1. David Sexton says

    I I think this is at Ickenham, on land now occupied by Willowtree Close. The overbridge in the background is Austins Lane and just behind it can be seen the bridge of the canal feeder crossing under the railway, a unique feature on the line. Midway through the film there is a frame looking into woodland but the distinctive silhouette of the stubby square bell tower and short spire of St Giles Church at the centre of Ickenham can just be seen through the trees. Railways usually keep to a minimum their land acquisition through their Act of Parliament but the Metropolitan Railway decided to electrify the Uxbridge Line when it was almost built. They had to buy a whole field for their new electricity substation at Ickenham, which became known as Sub-station Meadow, and they used this field for a variety of purposes, finally disposing of it in LPTB days. The field would have been conveniently close to Ickenham Station and central London for lugging camera equipment onto.

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