Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Walworth May Day 1920

On May Day this year I gave a short talk at the Kit and Cutter folk club (at the Deptford Arms) on the history of May Day in South London. I didn't realize at the time that there's some great footage at the Pathe archive of Walworth May Queen festivities. These stills are from the 1920 newsreel, showing the crowning of a local girl as the May Queen, followed by a procession on a horse drawn cart accompanied by guides and scouts.

I am guessing that this was filmed in Browning Street, SE17 - as this was where the Browning Settlement was where this event happened.

No comments: