Old Images of Marylebone, London

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Glimpse the past through old images of Marylebone, in the City of Westminster, London.

New Marylebone Flats 1931

In the 1930s, Britain saw a large building boom, including many slum clearance projects rehousing tenants in council owned houses and flats.

The Duchess of York officially opened a new block of flats at Marylebone in 1931.

The event was well attended by dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor in full regalia, as well as crowds of local people.

Unfortunately we don’t see much of the flats, but there is a nice shot at the end when she drives away, and the camera films the street.

Five years later the Duchess of York, mother to Elizabeth and Margaret, was to become Queen Elizabeth, when her husband was crowned King George VI.

UK / ROYALTY: The Duchess of York opens flats at Marylebone (1931) – British Pathé on YouTube

Air Raid Precautions 1937

World War II started in 1939, but even by 1937 the authorities were gearing up for another possible European war.

The newsreel opens with the Lord Mayor arriving in top hat and full regalia. In front of him is a group of nurses and a group of Air Raid Wardens, all wearing gas masks.

This was the first muster of the Air Raid Warden volunteers in England.

Mayor inspects air raid precaution services at Marylebone (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube

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