Old Images of Erith , London

Categorised as Greater London
The Village of Erith 1839
The Village of Erith, monograph on page 35 of "A New Steam-boat Companion in an excursion to Greenhithe, Northfleet, Gravesend, the Nore and Herne Bay; with a trip up the River Medway to Rochester Bridge. Containing historical, critical, biographical and descriptive notices. ... To which is added a complete guide to the town of Gravesend, etc" by topographer William Smith, published by E.Wilson in London in 1839, now part of the British Library archives

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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By Debbie Death

I love learning about history, and for the past 30 years have enjoyed books, films, and documentaries on the topic. On days off from work my favourite destination with friends and family are museums, historic buildings, and archaeological sites, or just walking around interesting streets with old buildings to admire.