Title ID 4213Collection ID487
TitleTower Hamlets
CollectionAstor School
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurEducationalNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsBuilding Construction Children Communities Dance Everyday Life Houses Motor Vehicles Urban Areas
LocalTower Hamlets Dover
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAstor School
ParticipantsKathleen M. Duncan
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration8 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This silent amateur film records everyday life in and around Tower Hamlets, one of the twenty-one electoral wards which forms the district of Dover.


Everyday life on the streets of Tower Hamlets in Dover is captured on film - paperboys go about their work, a milkman delivers pints of milk, a woman sweeps the pavement outside her home and vehicles travel to and fro. Rows of terraced houses on quiet residential streets are filmed, including those on Devonshire Road. Children's author Kathleen M. Duncan sits in her home, looking at her books - some of the illustrations are filmed in close-up. Cottage gardens and their flowers become the focus of attention - a small dog plays with a goat on the grass. A building site promises new houses. Exterior shots of The Eagle Hotel are followed by images of children maypole dancing - the May Day Queen has been crowned. Bulldozers work on the chalky soil of the South Downs. Several shots of an elderly couple and of children with bikes on a residential street follow. The film ends with a pan shot over rooftops - the South Downs stretches out in the background.


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