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The Beauty of Flowers [Fairby Grange colour sequence]


A compilation of important events which took place in Bermondsey shot with no sound; the first sequences are in black and white whereas some of the latter ones are in colour. There is some extraneous footage of building work after 'The End' intertitle.


[London] : [Bermondsey Borough Council], [1937]

Physical description

1 encoded moving image (13.09 min.) : silent, b&w.and color



Copyright note

C. F. Lumley 1937

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Creator/production credits

Attributed to C. F. Lumley.


This video was made from material preserved by the Imperial War Museum Film Archive
Film supplied courtesy of Southwark Local History Library & Archive.
One of two films discovered recently and donated to the Imperial War Museum Film Archive.


Segment 1 The first sequence shows the new health centre at Spa Road. Exterior shots are followed by views of the interior which demonstrates its palatial dimensions; a woman and child walk through the building. There are views of the optician's equipment, dental clinic and cubicles. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:01:53:00 Length: 00:01:53:00
Segment 2 The Major, Councillor E.J. Gibson opens Silver Street children's playground. Alfred and Ada Salter are there. Time start: 00:01:53:00 Time end: 00:05:13:00 Length: 00:03:23:00
Segment 3 This is followed by colour footage (with a green tinge) of a walking pageant of mothers with their prams highly decorated with bunting and flowers in a celebration of the coronation held at Fairby Grange. (A film with the title 'The Beauty of Flowers' is listed in the Medical Officer of Health Report for Bermondsey, 1937, see page 77, which probably relates to this material). Time start: 00:05:13:00 Time end: 00:07:04:00 Length: 00:01:51:00
Segment 4 The next sequence is a visit by the Duchess of Kent to the borough (in colour); dignitaries assemble on the steps as her car arrives. Time start: 00:07:04:00 Time end: 00:09:29:00 Length: 00:02:25:00
Segment 5 May Day March, 1938 in black and white and taking place on a rainy day. It features trade union banners (some relating to anti-fascism), marching bands and a float with a 'Here comes good health' banner. The End. There is some extraneous footage of building work after 'The End' intertitle. Time start: 00:09:29:00 Time end: 00:13:09:00 Length: 00:03:40:00

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