Footage of diverted river at Hanworth Park.
River diverted at Hanworth Park.
Several shots of man in feathered peaked hat (possibly the mayor) and other dignitaries. Shots of river flowing. More shots of mayor. L/S of aeroplane flying over (not sure if this is related to the this item).
This is footage of the ceremony on 16 October 1917 when the Lord Mayor of London, Col. the Rt. Hon. William H Dunn, Bart., set in motion the mechanism to divert the Longford River into a culvert below the flying field at Hanworth Park, Feltham, Middlesex. The Lord Mayor is the man in the ceremonial hat. The man standing behind him, initially wearing a top hat but who removes his hat before giving a speech, is John Alexander Whitehead, the founder of Whitehead Aircraft Co. Ltd, who was responsible for the diversion of the river as it had previously run across the ground he wanted to use for access to his factory and for a flying field. This sluice can still be seen at the side of Browells Lane in Feltham, near Cineworld. Various prominent personalities attended the ceremony, including H G Wells. The aeroplane is the Martinsyde flown by Herbert Sykes as part of the ceremony. It was reported that there was heavy rain and wind gusting to forty miles per hour.