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24th March 1888 Born today: Jameson Thomas, London England, actor (Farmer's Wife)
24th March 1834 Pioneering textile designer and artist William Morris was born in Walthamstow.
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Wood Street Film Studio
This used to be a prolific London film studio from 1924 to 1933.
Location: 245 Wood Street, Walthamstow, London
Description: An unusual industry at Walthamstow was the production of motion pictures. The Precision Film Co. built a studio at Whipps Cross in 1910, which ceased production in 1915. The British & Colonial Kinematograph Co. took over a roller skating rink in Hoe Street as studios in 1913. The company employed such actors as Jack Buchanan and Lilian Braithwaite, and produced When London Sleeps (1914) and The Battle of the Somme (1916). It was dissolved in 1924.
The Cunard Film Co. Ltd. then built a studio in Wood Street in 1913-14. Among its 'stars' were Gladys Cooper and Owen Nares.
The company, which ceased in 1915, included The Call of the Drum (1914) among its productions.
The Broadwest Film Co. took over the Wood Street studio in 1916 and specialized in filming novels and stage plays. Among its actors were Matheson Lang and Ronald Colman. The company went bankrupt in 1924 and its studio was taken over by British Filmcraft Ltd. in 1926. Its productions included a series on Dick Turpin filmed on location in Epping Forest. The industry was, however, struggling unsuccessfully against competition from Hollywood. The Wood Street studio was still in use in 1931 by Metropolitan Films Ltd., and in 1932 by Audible Filmcraft Ltd., but after 1933 it was occupied as a factory.
It was burned down in 1959.