A political rally held by the fascist Oswald Mosley in 1959
The following is taken from Wikipedia
Shortly after the 1958 Notting Hill race riots, Mosley briefly returned to Britain to stand in the 1959 general election at Kensington North. Mosley led his campaign stridently on an anti-immigration platform, calling for forced repatriation of Caribbean immigrants as well as a prohibition upon mixed marriages. Mosley’s final share of the vote was 8.1%
Two years later when working for the Daily Mirror, Alisdair caught another positioned image of Oswald. more satisfyingly
Crowds (and police) gather to hear speakers urge the people of Portobello Road to resist the 1957 Rent Act.
This is on the corner with Blenheim Crescent which has seen little major change to the buildings between then and now.
Police guard the entrance to Downing Street after the end of a Ban the Bomb march organised by the Labour Party in Trafalgar Square.
This was before the street was closed to the public in 1982.
Crowds gather to investigate a Toby Ale delivery truck which lies on its side after colliding with a number 88 Routemaster.
Not sure where this is. I have tried to research the route 88 which was slightly longer in the 1950’s heading towards Mitcham (as seen in the destination boards). I followed the rough route in streetview to try and find the church which would be a clear ID, especially with its high sides and small windows.
If anyone has any idea where this was please let me know.
There is another pic of a Toby Ales van on its side somewhere in Hammersmith I will try and locate.
** update **
With a thousand thanks to Stuart Crowle who almost instantly got back to me with the location! It was way off where I was looking.
Stamford Brook Road, W6. Links at the end of the post.
Thanks again Stuart!
A slightly uncertain looking policeman helps what appears to be a lost Canadian soldier to find their way around London.
Knowing that many of these photos where taken around Kensington I was trying to work out where this could be. At first I thought the art deco looking building in the background looked a bit like a large hall such as the Olympia Exhibition Centre or perhaps the large Barkers store on High Street Kensington.
Using Google Streetview I looked down from Barkers and saw the building where Marks & Spencer is now found and *think* I found a match.
Local police seem to reluctantly celebrate winning the local floral competition at their station in Walham Green. The building has since been absorbed into the Fulham Broadway tube station redevelopment.
The district of Walham Green seems to have been lost over the years and is an interesting story. More can be found here.
Kensington police Tug of war team battle for the win at a recreation ground in Surbtion.