• Short Summary

    In the East End bells are still made in the traditional way using moulds made from London clay

  • Description

    Whitechapel, East London.

    A look at the traditional craft of bell making using London clay moulds.

    Panning shot follows a man's hand as a takes a scoop of clay from a bucket and applies it a large bell mould. Various shots of the man in a flat cap skilfully applying the clay. M/S of another man adding clay to an outer bell mould, top shot of the outer bell mould. C/U of several men wheeling a vat of molten metal into the workshop. C/U of the flat cap man stirring the liquid metal. C/U of the vat filled with "a molten mixture of copper and tin". Working as a team, the men carefully pour the liquid metal over the moulds - buy their serious expressions it must be a very dangerous, precise task!

    M/S of a man operating a machine that shaves metal from the bell to produce as exact sound. C/U of shavings of metal coming off the bell. After shaving, the men tests the bell by hitting it with a tuning fork.

    Note : see also CP 581 Cuts

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:10:00 / 01:54:19:00
    CP 581

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