The Traders' Tale; Monitor - Local Arts
VHS Colour Sound 1990 23:44
Summary: Video about the Stratford fruit and vegetable market, which traded for 112 years from Burford Road, Stratford and moved to the New Spitalfields development at Temple Mills, Leyton, on 13 May 1991.
A compilation of a documentary on Stratford Market and a local arts programme.
Title number: 2653
LSA ID: LSA/3479
Description: A DVD featuring two items. The first item on the disc is 'The Traders Tale' about Stratford Market wholesale fruit & vegetable market. As it prepares to move to the New Spitalfields development at Temple Mills, Leyton, on 13 May 1991, market traders tell some of the 112-year story of market trading on the Burford Road in Stratford. The traders featured are Bill Smith, Bert Smith, Jim Williams and Roy Williams. They talk about the influence of the local railways on trading and the use and reuse of baskets to transport goods from producers to the market. They also speak about going to Canary Wharf to pick up fruit from the Canary Islands and imports from Spain, and supplying Essex markets in Wickford and Chelmsford, and across the river in Greenwich. The declining fate of the fruit and vegetable trade is discussed in reference to the spread of frozen food, canned goods, and the emergence of supermarket competition to the small green grocers. Their words are accompanied by scenes of night-time deliveries, produce being taken from lorries by fork lift trucks, daytime trading, the loading of sold goods by porters and sales staff and office workers completing paperwork. There are also archival photographs illustrating the market in its prime. The second item is 'Monitor; Local Arts' which features the artist Nigel Burch singing 'Hello Young Lovers' with ukulele accompaniment and reciting a poem. Between these performances there are close shots of his black and white illustrations and a humorous comment from Burch in response to an off screen interviewer. The item ends with an apparently unrelated piece of puppetry to a female voice reading poetry.
Credits: Director: Steve Butcher; Producer: Steve Butcher; Funded by: Newham Leisure Services; Off-line Edit Facility: Newham Arts & Entertainments; Music: Marius Rudnick; Graphic Design: Steve Butcher; Computer Operator: Tim Rainey; Background Research: Maurice Hill; Historical Consultant: Howard Bloch; Historical Consultant: Jill Davies; Production Assistant: Brenda Ramsey; Camera Assistant: Brian Pilcher; Sound Recording: John Foster: Audio Production: John Foster; Camera Operator: Steve Butcher; Editor: Steve Butcher; Assistant Producer: John Foster
Further information: The second item ends abruptly and may be incomplete.
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Newham; Stratford