• Short Summary

    A woman is employed as a steeplejack in Enfield, Greater London.

  • Description

    Steeplejills - female steeplejacks.

    Enfield, Greater London.

    Various shots as a woman walks up to steeplejack manager Graham Barling to apply for a job, they shake hands and chat before she gets in a car with him. M/S of Graham climbing up chimney followed by the woman who is now in overalls. Various shots as she climbs right to the top of the tower. Camera pans across the residential area spread out below with Alexandra Palace in the background. M/S of woman on top of chimney.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1249.16
    Media URN:
    34127
    Group:
    New pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    12/07/1948
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:21:00 / 01:21:46:00
    Canister:
    NP 200

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    The lady doesn't get in the car or climb the chimney with John Eserin. The man in question
    is Graham Barling a well known North London steeplejack. They re-located to a yard in
    Stamford Hill Hackney. They employed, to name a few steeplejacks, Jack and John Bell Jnr
    Jimmy Barnes, Tommy Bender, Terry and Micheal Graney, Freddie Hoad, Bobby Booth and
    John Wickham.

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  2. tommyboy says



    Another well known steeplejack working for Barlings and Virons was Harry Nisbett. It is
    sad to think that such a great profession was killed off by Health & Safety. The
    steeplejacks of old were fearless men who never wore safety gear but relied on their
    strength and skill to carry out such dangerous work. RIP the Steeplejack trade and all the
    brave men that worked in it. There like will never be seen again.

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  3. tommyboy says


    The majority of steeplejacks connected with this video mainly worked for North London
    firms Barlings-Virons and Phil Levy. The Jacks would interchange with these firms when
    either companies were short of work. All these firms are no longer trading. Les Suckling
    and Eddie Ward were two Levy Men. If you have any connections with these companies
    please contact me at tommybenfield@gmail.com and we can add further comments to
    this remarkable video.

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