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    I recently bought "Wonderful London" on DVD.

    Wonderful London was a series of over 20 short films made in 1924, showing the sights of London. Some familiar and a lot unfamiliar.
    This DVD consists of 12 of these films. 6 have been restored and look excellent and 6 are unrestored and look okay.

    The films run between 9 and 12 minutes each and the DVD as a whole lasts just over two hours. There is very little on the East End but I can't recommend this DVD high enough. There is some great footage of London, especially of the seldom seen areas. I'd put this film up there with "The London Nobody Knows" and I hope BFI (who released the DVD) release the rest of the series.

    These are some screen captures:

    Regents Canal
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    Regents Canal
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    Mile End Road
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    Stepney Green Station, Mile End Road
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    Commercial Road from Gardiners Corner
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    Whitechapel High Street
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    Penny Fields
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    Limehouse Causeway
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    Middlesex Street
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    This last image as you can easily tell is not from the series, but instead of just starting a thread for one image , I will place it here.
    This is Court Street looking towards Durward Street. It is from the film 'The Secret Place' made in 1957. That is 'S Schneiders & Son' warehouse in the background.
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    Rob

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    Great pics Rob!

    That woman gets about - she's at Gardiners Corner and Whitechapel High St.

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    • #3
      Thanks Robert,

      That is a continuation of the same shot, it starts at Commercial Road and pans across Gardiners corner to Whitechapel High Street. Mind you she must have shifted some to move that distance.

      Rob

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      • #4
        Not half as much as she shifted when she saw that truck coming towards her.

        The canal photo is an H & S nightmare. Broken fence, toddlers...I hope there were no fatalities at that spot.

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        • #5
          Great pics Rob and many thanks for posting
          I have taken the liberty of enhancing them just a little
          chris
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          • #6
            And the second lot
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
              The canal photo is an H & S nightmare. Broken fence, toddlers...I hope there were no fatalities at that spot.
              A nightmare yes, but I'd liked to have lived there. I think I have identified where that part was filmed. I think those houses are on Emmott Street, Mile End. Not to far from Mile End Road.

              Rob

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              • #8
                Thanks for that Chris.

                I was tempted to do that myself but I wanted people to know roughly how the DVD would look.

                Rob

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                • #9
                  Blimey Rob!

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                  • #10
                    Great shots, Rob. Thanks for sharing them with us.

                    Chris
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                    • #11
                      Rob:

                      Thanks for this fine contribution...and your time and effort.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for these Rob!
                        The shots showing houses backing on to Regent's canal are fascinating. I've never seen anything like that before! Would this be something that happened around other spots of that canal? Houses backing on to it, I mean.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Debra Arif View Post
                          Thanks for these Rob!
                          The shots showing houses backing on to Regent's canal are fascinating. I've never seen anything like that before! Would this be something that happened around other spots of that canal? Houses backing on to it, I mean.
                          Hi Debs,

                          I'll check my maps when get home. I'd say it was pretty rare and these were the only ones in the East End area which was why it was easy to spot. Most of the buildings along the canals were whaves and warehouses. I'll check tonight as things might be a bit different the further west you went.

                          Rob

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Rob.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Debs,

                              These were the ones I spotted (in yellow). There were the occasional ones past Mile End Road, but I don't think they backed on to the canal like the Emmott Street ones did as they (I think) were built a lot higher than the water line so there would be a higher wall along the canal.

                              Emmott Street is the yellow splodge on the left.

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                              Rob

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