• Short Summary

    Window cleaning in the sky scraper age has become a daredevil job.

  • Description

    London and Norwich, Norfolk.

    M/S of a woman sitting on a window sill cleaning her windows in a suburban street. M/S man, with a waist belt and rope cleaning windows on the outside of a high rise building, Bucklersbury House. St Paul's can be seen in the background. He goes inside at another building in Fleet Street and cleans the window from inside. He has 'Westminster' on his white overalls.

    From ground level we pan up to two men cleaning windows from a cradle high up on the Watney's building in Palace Street. At an Essex power station, the Belvedere Electricity Power Station, a 'spider man' uses a bosun's chair, strung from the top of the building to clean the windows.They all wok for the Westminster Cleaning Company.

    In Norwich, a man has bought a fire engine to turn into a window cleaning cradle. The giant ladders can be raised to reach tall blocks. The engine has been painted yellow and we see the 140 foot power operated ladder being raised. There is shot looking down the ladder from the top. Through a window, we see a man in the cradle at the top of the ladder using a cloth to wipe the window.

    Note: see also CP 414 Cuts.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    211.05
    Media URN:
    3167
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1962
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:33:00 / 01:29:16:00
    Canister:
    CP 414

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