British Pathé News: historic Wapping on film

A Bank Holiday weekend treat for all you Wapping history enthusiasts. The digital collection of British Pathé on YouTube has been updated and includes some wonderful footage of Wapping. Absolutely glorious stuff featuring Colonial Wharf, Prospect of Whitby, Wapping Boys Club and some Wapping swans!

Here are the films tagged as ‘Wapping’ but have a look at the rest of the British Pathé collection – all 85,000 films.

Colonial Wharf fire 1935

Same fire, some gaps in footage.

Review Of The Year 1935 (1935)

Colonial Wharf fire at 4:11


Funeral Of Firemen Killed In Wapping (1920)

Duke Tours His Clubs (1959)

Wapping Boys Clubs

Selected Originals – Duke At Boys’ Club Aka Duke Tours His Clubs (1959)


Waterway Art! (1939)

Featuring Prospect of Whitby and the Cutty Sark afloat on the River Thames

Riverside Artists (1956)

The Wapping Group of Artists, meet from time to time to paint

Prospect Of Whitby Hat Show (1950)

Sound only

News In A Nutshell (1935)

Includes explosion at Wapping Gas Works

Swans Rescued At Wapping (1956)

The forerunners of the Wapping Wildlife Rangers?

Winston Churchill ‘sailing Boat’ (1966)

Amazing, wonderful stuff. Many thanks to the team who converted the original film footage into digital format so we can enjoy our history.


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