FILM : Blue Lamp, The
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Blue Lamp, The 1949 Jack Warner, Jimmy Hanley, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Flemyng, Bernard Lee, Peggy Evans, Gladys Henson, Dora Bryan London
Director : Basil Dearden   Production Company : Ealing  Region : LONDON A-B

Older copper with rookie apprentice, learning the streets and the petty crooks. Forerunner of Dixon of Dock Green. Wonderful period feel of the old time police force in old time London.

Tony Defraine has researched some of the filming locations appearing in the film, particularly 001, 002, 005 on our Site and has marked a 1953 Ordnance Survey Map of the appropriate area showing the locations. The result of his work is reproduced here, with the kind permission of and under licence from the National Library of Scotland to whom our grateful thanks are expressed.

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Blue Lamp, The - Ian advises that this is looking west towards Wood Lane and White City Stadium from roughly where the West Cross route is now. Peter Robinson points out that the railway line seen curving away in the centre appears to be the now removed spur from the Hammersmith & City line which after leaving Latimer Road station carried the Middle Circle Line to Kensington Olympia via the old Shepherd's Bush station.
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bp092. Ian advises that this is looking west towards Wood Lane and White City Stadium from roughly where the West Cross route is now. Peter Robinson points out that the railway line seen curving away in the centre appears to be the now removed spur from the Hammersmith & City line which after leaving Latimer Road station carried the Middle Circle Line to Kensington Olympia via the old Shepherd's Bush station.

Blue Lamp, The - Having just watched the film once again Dave Buckley has an alternative view with regard to the H and C Line and having compared the screen capture to a map believes that Latimer Road station would be further to the left of bp092.
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bp092a. Having just watched the film once again Dave Buckley has an alternative view with regard to the H and C Line and having compared the screen capture to a map believes that Latimer Road station would be further to the left of bp092.

bp092an. the tracks immediately in front of the camera are the West London Extension Railway. Kensington Olympia station is about a mile to the left of the camera position while North Pole Junction/Old Oak Common sidings etc, is about the same distance to the right. The spur from the Hammersmith & City line which after leaving Latimer Road station carried the Middle Circle Line to Kensington Olympia via the old Shepherd's Bush station is about half-a-mile to camera left. This spur closed in 1940, but I don't know when the tracks were lifted.The tracks that curve away in the mid-distance go to the engineering works and subsequently join the Great Western Railway line into Paddington at Acton. The position of the Central Line is way over, alongside Wood Lane and just in front of the stadium, before swinging left, under what is now Westway. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 16-06-2017)

Blue Lamp, The - Ian suggests that this is where the Central line crosses the Westway now. Dave also has a view with regard to this capture location. The location is as suggested by Ian, now where Westway crosses the
Central Line. Looking closely at the shot, and comparing it to the map, shows that there is a siding between the running lines, and (although not in
the shot, but in the film a tube trains passes Jimmy Hanley) the train is 'right hand' running (to get round a problem with the original White City station, the trains get back to the correct left-hand running alongside the Western Avenue). The white building in the background is the milk depot, so (on the
map) the shot was taken from very near to the small building after the end of the embankment. The 'milk depot' building still exists. (RL)
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bp093. Ian suggests that this is where the Central line crosses the Westway now. Dave also has a view with regard to this capture location. The location is as suggested by Ian, now where Westway crosses the Central Line. Looking closely at the shot, and comparing it to the map, shows that there is a siding between the running lines, and (although not in the shot, but in the film a tube trains passes Jimmy Hanley) the train is 'right hand' running (to get round a problem with the original White City station, the trains get back to the correct left-hand running alongside the Western Avenue). The white building in the background is the milk depot, so (on the map) the shot was taken from very near to the small building after the end of the embankment. The 'milk depot' building still exists. (RL)

Blue Lamp, The - Near the White City Stadium, as was, perhaps Wood Lane? YES! Wood Lane. Ian agrees with this location. Paul Alley on the other hand believes this to be Dorando Close leading on to South Africa Road. He recalls his father taking him in the 1970's when he went to buy his QPR season ticket and parking almost in the same spot before walking down South Africa Road. It should be noted that this is a long straight tree lined road whereas Wood Lane only touched one of the end radii. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/englishheritage/7115302489/
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bp094. Near the White City Stadium, as was, perhaps Wood Lane? YES! Wood Lane. Ian agrees with this location. Paul Alley on the other hand believes this to be Dorando Close leading on to South Africa Road. He recalls his father taking him in the 1970's when he went to buy his QPR season ticket and parking almost in the same spot before walking down South Africa Road. It should be noted that this is a long straight tree lined road whereas Wood Lane only touched one of the end radii. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/englishheritage/7115302489/

Blue Lamp, The - The locations for all pics 95, 96 and 9 is Bishops Bridge, originally taken from the old Paddington Police Stn on road to Harrow. Now buried under the start of the Westway. Pic 3 is taken from the bridge itself. Roy Barnacle says
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bp095. The locations for all pics 95, 96 and 9 is Bishops Bridge, originally taken from the old Paddington Police Stn on road to Harrow. Now buried under the start of the Westway. Pic 3 is taken from the bridge itself. Roy Barnacle says "I am not sure its an entirely accurate then and now. I believe the bp95n is taken looking across the new Bishops bridge road facing south, with Paddington station proper on the left as you look over the bridge. (Towards Orsett Terrace.) Pix 95 itself is looking in the opposite direction north towards Paddington Green, hence the trolleybuses. (See bp96) The two large buildings in each picture are at opposite ends of the bridge - then, but only one now."

bp095n. Now. The new Bishops Bridge. Taken by David Neicho.

Blue Lamp, The - A possible match with the Police station in pic 009 which was at 62 Harrow Road, west of Paddington Green and demolished for the flyover.  Thanks to Ian McDonalds detective work.Peter Robinson confirms that this is the now demolished Paddington Green Police Station.
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bp096. A possible match with the Police station in pic 009 which was at 62 Harrow Road, west of Paddington Green and demolished for the flyover. Thanks to Ian McDonalds detective work.Peter Robinson confirms that this is the now demolished Paddington Green Police Station.

bp096n. The present view from Tony (SJ)
(Modern Photo Added: 12-09-2015)

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