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  • Short Summary

    Steeplejacks use a traction engine to pull down St. John's Church in one hour. East Ham.

  • Description

    Item title reads - The up-to-date Steeplejack. St. John's Church literally pulled down - in an hour - by aid of traction engine - stout cable - skill - not a little nerve. East Ham, London.

    M/S of a man at the wheel of the traction engine, various shots of the wheel coiling up the rope. M/S of a rope being attached to a pillar. M/S of the half demolished church with ropes attached. M/S as the ropes are pulled by the engine and another part collapses.

    Intertitle - 'a slow motion revelation.' M/S in slow motion as the wall collapses. M/S of a man on top of the remaining wall adjusting the ropes, L/S as another part collapses while he is stood near it.

    Intertitle - 'once again.' M/S as it collapses in slow motion and dust sprays up. M/S as another part of the wall collapses, a man stands in the foreground. M/S as another part collapses, various shots in slow motion. M/S of a man walking through the rubble.

    M/S of part of the wall collapsing. M/S of men on the traction engine pulling the cord, C/U of the wheel coiling up the rope. M/S of dust flying up and another part of the wall collapsing. Various shots of the traction engine. Various shots of the building collapsing. M/S as a man attaches a rope to a pillar. Various shots of the building half standing with ropes attached. M/S of the walls and rope, various shots as it collapses, the camera pans across the rubble and people walk about. Slow motion shot of a wall collapsing.

    Note: The cuts run from 01:30:19 to the end of the item. A yellow tinted version exists.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:28:00 / 01:38:57:00
    G 1249

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