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by Arthur Dungate

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Lime Grove demolition

The end of an era

  4: Lost Vistas

 

With the demolition of the two tall main buildings (the North and South Blocks) some rooftop views of west London were lost.

 

  view from 'Studio G balcony' towards South Block, with old swimmimg pool building on right (14K)

Looking south along Lime Grove from the "Studio G balcony" towards the South Block. On the right is the old public swimmimg pool building.

 

 

Looking south over the Presentation Block, with the Metropolitan railway on its brick viaduct to the left. In the far distance (extreme top of the picture) is Goldhawk Road Station. To the extreme right are the backs of the houses in Lime Grove, showing how constricted was the site of the studios.

Roof view of Presentation block. Note: Smiths Block with roof covering already removed (14K) 

  view from the South Block roof, looking northwest (10K)

The lost view from the roof of the South Block, looking northwest.

 

 

From the roof of North Block.

view from North Block roof (8K) 

 

Architectural aspects

Although the frontage of the studios was quite respectable - certainly when new in 1932, other exterior aspects of the studio complex could hardly be described as "beautiful"....

 

  South Block - rear, from North Block roof (10K)

Rear of the South Block, from the roof of North Block.

 

 

Roof view of Presentation Block.

Roof view of Presentation Block (14K) 

  North Block. 7th floor 'Nationwide' office (13K)

The "Nationwide" office on the 7th floor of North Block.

 

 

Roof of Studio G. Behind it is the fire escape serving the North Block with access from Studio D.

Roof of Studio G. The fire escape serving North Block with access from Studio D (13K) 

  Film Vaults (7th floor). Note: flame trap walls between each vent hatch (13K)

Film Vaults (7th floor). Note the flame trap walls between each vent hatch.

 

 

Looking down into the void between South Block and Presentation Block. Flame trap walls of the film vaults are at the top of the picture.

Looking down into void between South Block and Presentation Block. Flame trap walls of the film vaults at top of pic (12K) 

  Fire escapes and service pipes (14K)

Fire escapes and service pipes. Some folk could get lost around here!

 

 

Another of the many backstair fire escapes.

backstair fire escape (13K) 

  Side wall of North Block (K)

Side wall of the North Block.

[photos: Nigel Finnis]

 

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