Caribbean Market of Yesteryear


Arcade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several shots of the Caribbean market in Brixton‘s Granville Arcade; West Indian shoppers, mostly women pick over fruit and vegetables on the market stalls; sweet potatoes, some kind of pink member of the aubergine family, pumpkin, okra (Lady’s Finger) and bananas are seen. C/Us of signs advertise exotic (for 1961) fruit and vegetables. Women stand at a meat / butchers’ stall.

M/S of the top of an archway reading ‘Granville Arcade / London’s Largest Emporium’; M/S of the arcade entrance, pan left to show a railway bridge. More shopping and market shots; West Indian women look at nuts and pulses, clothes; two young black boys look at a toy stall; a small boy eats a mostly melted ice cream. A baby girl sits in a pram as her mother shops for shoes. Nice general shot looking down the arcade at the stalls and shoppers.

This is excellent footage!

Note: on file is a news article from the Daily Express about the market and ‘the fast-growing influx of British Citizens from the West Indies and Africa who have made London their home’.

Courtesy of The British Pathe Film Archive just click link to video Caribbean Market  please be aware these article are copy righted and can not be downloaded or used without payment for use.  


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