Vanishing London | Spitalfields Life

Williamson’s Hotel, New Court, City of London

In 1906, F G Hilton Price, Vice President of the London Topographical Society opened his speech to the members at the annual meeting with these words – ‘We are all familiar with the hackneyed expression ‘Vanishing London’ but it is nevertheless an appropriate one for – as a matter of fact – there is very little remaining in the City which might be called old London … During the last sixty years or more there have been enormous changes, the topography has been…

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Keir Hardie: From Serfdom to Socialism (Lawrence and Wishart, £12.99)

Keir Hardie 1909 [Wikimedia]

Keir Hardie 1909 [Wikimedia]

by John Moore

This edition of Keir Hardie’s eloquent statement of socialist principles appears in the centenary year of his death and happily coincides with a revival of his spirit of militancy, as illustrated by Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic election as leader of the Labour Party.

After working at the age of seven as a messenger, and aged 10 in the mines, Hardie became a Christian, a pacifist, a trade union activist and the first Labour MP.

He was chair of his party in 1906 when Labour won seats in the General Election, though some of the candidates were closer to the Liberal Party than to socialism. He fought for the “new serfs,” the impoverished working class, and accepted…

Source: Keir Hardie: From Serfdom to Socialism (Lawrence and Wishart, £12.99)

Update: Rare Film of London in 1906 | National Film & Sound Archive of Australia

Following an informative comment from Jacqui North of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia on my original post, it appears that this film is from 1906, not 1904. Here is a documentary trailer that features the restored version.

Rare Film of London in 1906 | National Film & Sound Archive of Australia

Update 15-09-15: Following an informative comment from Jacqui North of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, it appears that this film is from 1906, not 1904. Please see her comment below for a link to the film that includes a restored version.

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The short film clip below is part of a recently discovered documentary shot in 1906 which was made to introduce Australians to the delights (or otherwise!) of London.