In another rare colour image from the archive, workmen are seen throwing sand to the snow covered carriageway of Richmond Way in Shepherd’s Bush, just a few metres to the south of Shepherd’s Bush Green.
Uncertain of the date but I will guess 1961-1963ish.
Looking south down the street the Duke of Edinburgh pub is to the left hand side. This pub closed a few years ago.
Crowds look on as fire officers look over the remains of a shop destroyed on the corner of Shepherd’s Bush Green and Shepherd’s Bush Gardens.
The road featured in the picture (Shepherd’s Bush Gardens) was destroyed to make way for the West 12 Shopping Centre during the 1960’s. The location of the lost street was revealed by the appearance of the Shepherd’s Bush Green war memorial in the back of the wider crowd shot.
Cal McCord sits atop Ladybird in the foyer of the Gaumont Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush. This theatre was damaged during the war by a flying bomb, more infomation here.
The picture was shot with the doors behind the children, the trees of Shepherd’s Bush Common visible.
According to here Cal was an American ex-serviceman who remained in the UK becoming a cowboy actor and entertainer.
There is imdb entry which shows he did have roles through till the early 1972’s. There is also an interesting clip via the Pathe News archives of his stage act a decade earlier.
This strip of negatives was labeled as “Pan X Tests”
The corner of Goldhawk Road and Titmuss Street in Shepherds Bush.
Interestingly, part of the shop signage is still present to the right of the building.