50 Years Of Hounslow: Then And Now Video

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50 Years Of Hounslow: Then And Now Video

This then-and-now film celebrates Hounslow's 50th anniversary.

The council has mashed up vintage film The First Stage: Hounslow — a New Borough (produced in 1965 to help pull together the communities of Feltham, Heston and Isleworth, Brent and Chiswick) with contemporary footage of locals and council officers saying happy birthday to the borough.

It's a slow start but get through the first two minutes of bins and the M4 and you'll encounter a quick comic dramatisation of what life might be like without the borough's services. The modern bit begins about three minutes in, spliced up with the history of the borough and how things have changed. We particularly like the beginning of the Progress section where the Treasurer's department takes delivery of its first computer which has to be lifted on a scaffold through the office window because it's so massive.

Want to see more of old Hounslow? Watch the full 17 minute 1965 film The First Stage: Hounslow — a New Borough at London's Screen Archives.

Follow #boroughs50 on Twitter to see what else is going on this anniversary year.

Last Updated 27 April 2015