Old Images of Erith , London

The Village of Erith 1839

Glimpse history through old images of Erith, an area in the South East of Greater London.

Erith By-Election 1965

Unfortunately, this footage from 11th November 1965 is silent.

We have a quick look at Erith’s stretch of the River Thames, before moving to the Labour Party Committee rooms in Erith.

The posters declare messages such as ‘Government with Guts’, ‘Public meeting with James Callaghan, George Brown, Anthony Greenwood, Bessie Braddock and Jim Wellbeloved’.

Then we see Labour’s Jim Wellbeloved leaving the committe rooms, getting in a van, and canvassing the local neighbourhood.

We then see the same routine from Liberal Candidiate Mr Vince, and the Conservative candidate David Madel is also out canvassing.

The polling station looks like a round tin shed.

The Mayor of Erith and Crayford reads out the election results, declaring Jim Wllbeloved the winner.

Even if you’re not interested in the politics of the 1960s, you might spot some streets or homes you recognise.

You’ll be flabbergasted to see how empty the roads (and even household driveways) were back then.

Erith By-Election (1965) – British Pathé on YouTube

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