Development of Romford in the Sixties
16mm film Colour Silent 1965-1969 13:16
Summary: Film recording the re-development of Romford in the Sixties.
Title number: 362
Description: The redevelopment of Romford Town Centre is recorded over the five years between June 1965 and June 1969. The film concentrates on the area around the Market Place and South Street junction, which is described as the 'Romford Central redevelopment area'. The Marks & Spencer store is a rare survivor of a process of demolition of commercial and residential premises to make way for the new scheme. The Rumford Shopping Hall is joined by a new flat roofed building, a construction site and scenes of demolition. By July 1967 the new Littlewoods store is beginning to be built and there is evidence of more construction of new buildings with a re-inforced concrete structure being erected. On the 13th Dec 1967 there are scenes of the laying of a foundation stone on the site by Mayor Sibley, observed by other dignitaries. Shots from the next two years show more construction, with some views taken from the top of a tall building surveying the building sites and Romford market from above. The final shows show completed building, including a new shopping mall 'Romford Shopping Centre' and older parts of the commercial town including Stone's department store on Market Place.
Further information: Film shot between 1965 and 1969.
Keywords: Urban planning
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Havering; Romford