Sidcup, Kent: Old Photos And Film

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Sidcup is in the historic County of Kent, but today forms part of the London Borough of Bexley. Called Cetecopp in 1254, its original name meant ‘fold in a hill’.

Today it’s home to top drama schools Bird College and Rose Bruford College. The area has fast and easy access into Central London, being only 11 miles from Charing Cross. 

Sidcup In The 1920s

Pageant And Fete At Sidcup (1920-1929)

Pageant and Fete at Sidcup.

The portrayal of the history of the world; an ambitious production to say the least; plays to large audience in a park or private garden.

Published to YouTube on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé.

Begins with a long procession of many costumed adults and children, representing different historical periods. Starts with a scene showing cavemen having a battle with spears. 

Other scenes include Greek maidens dancing, medieval monks, and knights on horseback.

Kent, 1920’s – Film 33372

Footage from 1928 and 1929.

1.  Opening of the Sidcup and Foots Cray Constitutional Club. Includes the building the club House, the opening ceremony, a group photograph, and Waldron Smithers M.P.

2.  Bridge Building under difficulties at St Mary Cray.  Southern railway loco 449 and four wheelers. Details of bridge building with steam crane.   Train and up and over.

Published to YouTubeon 12 Jan 2015 by HuntleyFilmArchives.

3. Waldron Smithers M.P. attends the Sidcup Industrial Exhibition, where a girl presents a bouquet.

4. Waring Park, Sidcup Sports day.  Children’s races. Public school types, obstacle race, tug-of-war, Lord and lady waring.  World war One veterans’ parade and military band.

5.  Motorcycles at Brands Hatch when it was just a field.  Motorbikes and sidecars.

6.  Otford, Ruins of Otford Palace, and Otford church

7. Butterfly farming at Bexley in Kent.  Butterflies being caught and mounted to butterfly display cases.

Sidcup In The 1930s

The Monkey’s Hotel – Filmed At Sidcup In Kent (1931)

Mrs Austral comes across as being more than a little eccentric.”

British Pathé on YouTube

Published to YouTube on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé.

Bepe, Billy and Betty are three of the monkeys kept by the elderly Mrs Austral in her home. The animals are kept in a cage and brought out for tricks.

After pretending to wash the dishes, comb Mrs Austral’s hair and writing a letter, the monkeys are back in the cage – with Mrs Austral herself!

Parade at the Green Sidcup (1935-1937)

This amateur film from Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre, is about a May parade on the green in Sidcup in the mid- 1930s. The parade includes girls in school uniform, smartly dressed women and children in fancy dress, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Published to YouTube on 14 Dec 2011 by LondonsScreenArchive.

Chislehurst, Sidcup, Footscray, St pauls cray, St mary cray, Orpington Times a past

A montage of 1930s photos of Sidcup, set to music.

Published to YouTube on 2 Jul 2019 by Mart Vickery.

Sidcup In The 1940s

Mobile Fish Shop (1948)

A mobile fish and chip shop provides hot meals for land girls working in rural areas.

Published to YouTube on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé.

Henry Macroy’s mobile fish and chip van drives down country lanes, announcing its arrival with a microphone and loudspeaker. Land girls stop working and look up, while a group of potato pickers look round. Customers quickly approach for their dinners. But there’s no food for the hungry dog!

Sidcup In The 1950s

Bexleyheath and area trolleybuses, 1950’s.” 

An early home movie of the Bexleyheath Trolleybuses, with good street scenes.

Published on to YouTube 11 Apr 2016 by HuntleyFilmArchives.

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