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BBC TELEVISION from ALEXANDRA PALACE

by Arthur Dungate

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Lime Grove demolition

The end of an era

  5: Final Interior Views

 

Even as the building started to shake as the demolition ball started to crash into the North Block, Nigel Finnis took these last interior shots.

 

  Studio E (4th floor North Block) showing Production and Sound galleries. (14K)

Studio E on the 4th floor of the North Block showing the lighting gantry, as well as the Production and Sound galleries.

 

 

Studio E (4th floor North Block). Sound control room, partially dismantled.

Studio E (4th floor North Block). Sound control room. (13K) 

  Studio D (4th floor North Block). Sound and production gallery windows visible. (15K)

Studio D (4th floor North Block). Sound and production gallery windows visible.

 

 

Studio D (4th floor North Block). The fire escape and Scene Dock doors are open. On the wall to the right is a photo blow-up from "The Late Show".
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Studio D (4th floor North Block). Scene Dock doors open. Fire escape door open. Note: photo blowup on wall from 'The Late Show'. (17K) 

  Studio D (4th floor North Block). Sound control room. (13K)

Studio D (4th floor North Block). Sound control room.

 

The gutted 7th floor offices of the North Block.

North Block. 7th floor offices. (10K) 

 

With a large operational staff, plus performers, the restaurant, or "canteen" as it was more generally known, could seat, some say, up to 600. All at once? It was situated behind the houses used as offices, at the end of Sangers Block, and due for demolition after the main site.

 

  Canteen: empty, seating area (10K)

The seating area, empty. All furniture has been removed.

 

 

The canteen counter. No food available now....

canteen counter (11K) 

  sign in canteen: Restaurant closed (11K)

That says it all...!

 

 

In all its history, there doesn't seem to have been a fire at Lime Grove.

fire alarm bell (12K) 

 

Before the walls came crashing down, some signs still remained, pointing to various technical areas etc.

 

  sign on wall: Film cans for disposal (7K)


sign on staircase wall: Film Dept Sound Transfer Suite 2nd Floor (5K)
sign above door: Dubbing Theatre One (4K) 
  sign on door: Television Recording Dept (4K)


sign on staircase wall: To Grill Bar and North Block (7K)
sign on wall: Keep Hatched Area Clear At All Times (5K) 
  sign on wall: This Area For The Use Of BBC Staff Only (11K)


sign on wall: To Smiths Yard. No Pedestrians (5K)
sign on floor: Take Care, When Wearing Stiletto Heels (4K) 

  [photos: Nigel Finnis]

That last sign - the one about taking care on the staircase when wearing stiletto heels, was, somewhat ironically, the one which became trodden underfoot.

 


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