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    Man thatching roof of barn in the centre of London.

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    Unused / unissued material - dates and locations unclear or unknown.

    Thatched barn in London.

    Several shots of man thatching the roof of barn in the middle of central London. Bus and traffic can be seen moving past in the background.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:20:00 / 01:35:42:00
    UN 835 D

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  1. jamied says

    "dates and locations unclear or unknown" - the thatched construction is located in Trafalgar Square, as the statue above the thatcher's head is clearly Nelson's Column.

    Also, the building seen behind the thatcher at 00:18 is the National Portrait Gallery, again at Trafalgar Square.

    At 01:14, a barrage balloon can be spotted.

    Although the clip is currently dated as being 1943, the footage MAY actually be from May 1944, when a thatched cottage was placed in the square to encourage recruits for Britain's harvesting. That particular cottage caught fire on 10 May 1944.

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  2. Chasser says

    Just to let you know the thatcher's name was my grandfather, Walter 'Reg' Parrott and his helper was Harry Papworth. Both from the village of Thurleigh in Bedfordshire. Can't confirm the dates for you but the barn they thatched caught fire so probably the 1944 date.
    Can't tell you how happy it made my mother to see the clip. Thanks

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