Two clips from the silent black and white film ‘Housebuilding: Highbury Homes, Cosham' can be viewed in the "Gallery" section of this item. The film shows the construction of the Highbury Homes estate at Cosham, Portsmouth in the 1930s.
The filmmaker, Mr A Mitchell, said that he wanted to make '…….a permanent record of the building of Highbury Estate, a township in itself, situated on the outskirts of Portsmouth and on the slopes of Portsdown Hill with Cosham railway adjoining.'
The first film clip, lasting 3 minutes 17 seconds, begins with workmen unloading shingle from a barge to make concrete used in building. They push full wheelbarrows across a narrow plank to land. Men are shown mixing concrete. There follows film of the Highbury microtractor moving surplus soil, and workmen laying kerbs for new roads and drains.
A second film clip, lasting 5 minutes 57 seconds, begins by showing the variety of fireplaces, with concrete mantels and tiled surrounds, inside the newly-built homes. This is followed by a tour of the many labour-saving appliances and innovative storage spaces in the kitchen, including the cooker and sink. These were all supplied at no further cost. Then there is a glimpse of the modern indoor bathroom, with bath, sink and toilet. The film concludes with a tour around some of the newly-built streets of homes in Chatsworth Avenue, Highbury Grove and Edgerly Gardens.
The complete film can be viewed at the Wessex Film and Sound Archive at Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.
There are actually 3 reels in this collection, and the total showing time for all 3 would be almost an hour and three quarters.
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