Detail

Title ID 324Collection ID1039
TitleHove Town Hall Demolition
Date1966
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsAccidents Buildings Fire Services Local Government
Location
LocalHove
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionNot known
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration14min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

The remains of the 1882 Hove Town Hall the morning after a fire destroyed much of the building. Fireman dampen down the interior of the building which is still smouldering. Scaffolding is erected to begin the demolition. The destroyed Great Hall is filmed and workman use a crane to hoist the bells from the clock tower onto the back of a waiting lorry.

Description

The burnt out remains of Hove Town Hall are seen with a fire engine in the foreground and a ladder propped up against the outside wall; a man wearing a hard hat enters through the front entrance. Fireman dampen down the interior of the building which is still smouldering. Dark shots of the interior follow, including the Great Hall. A crane is parked on Church Road as snow lays on the ground, scaffolding is erected around the building. Men on the scaffold begin the demolition and debris is removed from inside the building; a sweeping shot of the Town Hall from the top of the scaffold follows. The part-demolished clock tower is surrounding by scaffolding with men working, sign: "Demolition by Hall & Co. Ltd.". Views along Church Road as men continue to demolish the clock tower; a crane hoists bells from the tower onto the back of a waiting lorry. Corrugated metal sheets are seen covering part of the building as crowds gather behind barriers on Church Road to watch. The film concludes with a shot of the side elevation of the building from Tisbury Road and a close-up of a sign: "Demolition by Hall & Co. Ltd., Worthing".