Film: 'Bermondsey Wall' - exhibition copy
16mm film Black & White Silent c.1932 0:00
Summary: This film is a publicity film for the Time and Talents Association to publicise the good work that the association does for young people in the area of Bermondsey. This film is an exhibition copy and therefore very well used in its lifetime. It is very da
Title number: 15146
Description: Label on can: Exhibition Copy of 'Bermondsey Wall', The Property of the 'Time and Talents' Settlement. Film intertitles: Behind the Wall, 'The Blue', The Playing Fields of Bermondsey, and Camp. Areas seen in the film are Tower Bridge (being raised), Wapping Old Stairs, Cherry Garden Pier, 'The Prospect of Whitby', and streets such as Sard's Rents, Nightingale Lane, and Bermondsey Wall. Also seen are a sign for the Ministry of Labour Employment Exchange at Marylebone Road with men queueing outside, a sign for a meeting at Bermondsey Town Hall to meet the National Hunger Marches and a sign for the Time and Talents Club House Small Girls Club. There are shots of a policeman directing traffic, children playing in the streets, people in the market place, and horses and carts in the streets, and barges and tugboats on the Thames (boats seen are the 'Middlesbro' and the S.S. Vardolia, as well as the tugboats Sun III and Sun VI - both used in the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940). 'The Blue' is the central market place in Bermondsey and this section shows the market area with stall holders and people shopping. 'The Playing Fields of Bermondey' shows the children of Bermondsey playing in the streets, boys playing football in the road amongst the traffic and playing down by the docks (being chased by one of the watchmen).A part of the film is about a building with classes taking place inside - possibly the Dockhead Club, which was opened in 1931. There are shots of a dance class and a library, and classrooms with children painting, making dolls houses, knitting and washing clothes. The camp section shows scouts camping, carrying water to make dinner, boys playing cricket and children playing around a tepee. At the end 'Brown Owl' chases the boys back into the teepee.
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Leonard Aves wrote on February 6, 2018:I was born in South Bermondsey in 1933. I was evacuated after our house was badly damaged during the Blitz…I was born in South Bermondsey in 1933. I was evacuated after our house was badly damaged during the Blitz and returned in 1943 to a house in Yalding Road. We endured the rest of the war during the time of the 'Doodlebugs' ( V1's) and the V2 rockets. One Sunday morning a V2 hit the railway arch in the 'Blue'. I was in the garden with my father helping with the weekly wood chopping when the blast blew out one of the widows which crashed over my head. My father told me that I rushed in a panic in and out of the house. He thought it was a huge joke! The 'Blue' was the local shopping area and street market where my mother shopped every day for food. I gained entry to St OlavesI grammar school and left when I was 16 to find work.(Although my masters at school recommended that I continue my studies and go to university this was unheard of for a working class boy) I got married in 1959 and my wife and I lived with my parents until 1960, when we moved to Ruislip. I would love to see this film.