Title ID 11924Collection ID1502
TitleAlexandra Palace, London; Longmarket in Canterbury
CollectionStingemore Family
Genre/TypeAmateurLocal TopicalNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeEarly film in the South East
KeywordsBuildings Building Construction Broadcasting Cultural Heritage
LocalMuswell Hill Canterbury
RegionalGreater London Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlan Stingemore
CameraAlan Stingemore
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


This short film shows an exhibition at Alexandra Palace which is celebrating the 50th year since the world's first high definition television service was transmitted. This is followed by scenes of The Longmarket in Canterbury before it's redevelopment.


The film opens with a view of the huge radio mast at Alexandra Palace in North London. As the camera pans down to the main building we see the numbers 36 and 86 hanging from the roof down the side of the building. This was the 50th celebration of the first ever TV service broadcast from here on 2nd November 1936 by the BBC, as the plaque on the wall states. This follows with an inside view of the arched and domed glass roofs, its marble displays and the palm trees growing from some of them. People are seen to be wandering through and relaxing in this area. More shots of the architecture inside this old building. Inside one of the halls is a fair or exhibition. Many stalls are displaying model toys, aeroplanes, trains and racing cars. A large crowd browses around the stalls.

In Canterbury we see The Longmarket preparing for it's redevelopment. The large blue faced clock can be seen on the side of the old Bank. A lot of work can be seen and heard going on to regenerate this area of Canterbury. Views of the Cathedral with the old offices of Alfred Marks, recruitment consultants in the foreground. A shop called Leaders stands empty underneath. A coffee shop with the open terrace above is also closed. Some views of The Longmarket are from the Burgate end.


A colour still image taken from TID 11924, showing the interior of the main hall in Alexandra Place. The circular rose style window with its patterned stained glass can be seen above the gathered visitors in the hall, all admiring the trade booth style exhibition stands. The period walls and ceilings are painted brilliant white.