I think this is the section of Tower Bridge road where Manzies is today. Green walk is further down towards Bricklayers Arms and not in view. You can see the outline of the Brighton Buildings (on the south side of TBR)through the haze and further on a warehouse, almost opposite Green walk that I remember burning down in the 60s. A great film though. Anybody know of any more on youtube?
The first part of the film is definitely the parade of shops that Manzies is still located in. Further down towards Green Walk the buildings are a slightly different style and the width of the road doesn't allow for much in the way of stalls. The large buildings in the Tower Bridge market section of the film are definitely the Brighton buildings. The gap in the shops right at the beginning of the film doesn't look like a street, just an access to the rear, perhaps to Alice St which ran continously from Green walk to Decima St before the estate was built in the 30s and cut it in two. There are some 50s style infill buildings along that parade and maybe these filled that gap. The other clue is the slight curve of the buildings as they go towards Rothsay St. Mind you, the traffic levels are a little heavier these days and strolling across TBR isn't as easy now.
Sorry I was talking about the Picture and not the film clip. You are right that is Manzes and also Toby Nobles shop in Tower Bridge Road. That clip is fantastic to watch and see all the lovely people going about there hard lives with a smile on there face and the hussle and bussle of the area.
Lovely piece of old footage. What made me smile the most was the old Market stalls - the barrows. I used to push the barrows out before school each morning down East Lane market, back in 1961 and the barrows were exactly the same then as in that clip. I wonder if any of them are still going strong. They were certainly well looked after when I was working on them.
I think Thomas Tingley in Brandon street used to do the wheels, and possibly made them Chalkey?
Thomas re the dentist on the corner of green walk. I am sure it was a tobacconist because in the early eighties they cleared the shop out and in the skip was thrown all sorts of pieces of tobacco advertising I retrieved a tit-bits song book from the thirties!
That was just before someone turned it into a 'vegetarian' restaurant..which used vegetable fat only at lunchtime and ordinary fat in the evening!