FILM : Sparrows Can't Sing
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Sparrows Can't Sing 1962 Barbara Windsor, James Booth, Roy Kinnear Tower Bridge, East End, Stepney, Stratford, Limehouse, Shadwell?, Petticoat Lane, London
Director : Joan Littlewood   Production Company : Elstree / Carthage Films  Region : LONDON R-S

Charlie returns to the East End after two years at sea to find his house demolished and wife Maggie gone. Everyone else knows she is now shacked up with married bus driver Bert and a toddler, and they all watch with more than a little interest at the trail of mayhem Charlie leaves as he goes about sorting things out.

Barbara Windsor came into our prefab just round the corner from the pub in Tooke Street between filming, possibly to powder her nose, I was at school at the time, a helper on the set knew my Dad. Don't know how true it was but the pram that Barbara pushed was loaned as a prop from my Aunt, it was second-hand and possibly handed down to her from my Mother! Peter Wright.

Screen shots and now pictures 055 to 061 captured by Richard Dacre and uploaded by Richard Lovejoy.

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Sparrows Can't Sing - Limehouse, East London, just near the old Royal Mint, north side of Tower Bridge. Glass House Fields, off the Highway.
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc001. Limehouse, East London, just near the old Royal Mint, north side of Tower Bridge. Glass House Fields, off the Highway.

sc001n. Now. Photo by Geoff Manning

Sparrows Can't Sing - Only help I can find is Limehouse, but which real streets? But maybe this pub is still there? See pics sc004, and sc043.Peter Wright says
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sc002. Only help I can find is Limehouse, but which real streets? But maybe this pub is still there? See pics sc004, and sc043.Peter Wright says "It's real name was The Pride of the Isle which stood on the corner of Cheval St and Havannah St on the Isle of Dogs, and all demolished in the 60's.

Sparrows Can't Sing - Other side of the road from the pub? Peter Wright adds
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc003. Other side of the road from the pub? Peter Wright adds "The beer delivery cart pulls up at the longer elevation side of the pub in Cheval St which had the Off Licence door, street door and two doors for the Saloon Bar.

Sparrows Can't Sing - Probably the same pub. See pics sc002 and sc043,
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc004. Probably the same pub. See pics sc002 and sc043, "The shorter elevation was in Havannah St." Peter Wright

Sparrows Can't Sing - Some flats...but where, just off Sutton Street, Commercial road, now demolished. A lot of the photos are in Stepney, where I lived for the first 30 years of my life (Clark Street and then Stepney Way itself),  these are what I used to know as Cowley Gardens, which were behind (South of) St Mary's and St Michaels Church in Commercial Road, E1 and the buildings are no longer there, the site redeveloped, but the church remains. ( Shown in Violent Playground, set in Liverpool!!!) - Phil Russell supplied all this information, very many thanks to him.
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc005. Some flats...but where, just off Sutton Street, Commercial road, now demolished. A lot of the photos are in Stepney, where I lived for the first 30 years of my life (Clark Street and then Stepney Way itself), these are what I used to know as Cowley Gardens, which were behind (South of) St Mary's and St Michaels Church in Commercial Road, E1 and the buildings are no longer there, the site redeveloped, but the church remains. ( Shown in Violent Playground, set in Liverpool!!!) - Phil Russell supplied all this information, very many thanks to him.

Sparrows Can't Sing - But probably these flats, same, or similar balcony and window, all now gone and replaced by a shiny new estate. The church, St Mary's and St Michael's, is that which is attached to the school, S.M & S.M R C Primary School, Sutton Street and Commercial Road, and which was also used in
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc006. But probably these flats, same, or similar balcony and window, all now gone and replaced by a shiny new estate. The church, St Mary's and St Michael's, is that which is attached to the school, S.M & S.M R C Primary School, Sutton Street and Commercial Road, and which was also used in "Violent Playground". How curious are the ways of the location managers and, or, the film producers to constantly re-use previous locations. Cowley Gardens, which are behind (South of) St Mary's and St Michaels Church in Commercial Road, E1 - Phil Russell.

sc006n. Now. Wrong angle but same church. Geoff Manning.

Sparrows Can't Sing - Was actually classed as the Stifford Estate, The left building facing onto Stepney Way is Ewhurst House, the right is Wickham House and the one just behind it, facing onto Redmans Road is Bradmore House - these buildings were demolished in 1999, and a new low-rise housing estate is now in its place - this is situated on the area bounded by Stepney Way, Jamaica Street and Redmans Road, E1 - Phil Russell.
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc007. Was actually classed as the Stifford Estate, The left building facing onto Stepney Way is Ewhurst House, the right is Wickham House and the one just behind it, facing onto Redmans Road is Bradmore House - these buildings were demolished in 1999, and a new low-rise housing estate is now in its place - this is situated on the area bounded by Stepney Way, Jamaica Street and Redmans Road, E1 - Phil Russell.

sc007n. The spot where James Booth was standing is now occupied by Redcoat Community Centre. The road in the background is Stepney Way. Pic and info from Mark Entries, many thanks to him.
(Modern Photo Added: 26-10-2009)

Sparrows Can't Sing - On land that is now part of Clichy Estate looking East across Wellesley Street and the building behind the lamp post on the left of pic was a pub called
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc008. On land that is now part of Clichy Estate looking East across Wellesley Street and the building behind the lamp post on the left of pic was a pub called "The Pride of Stepney' on Stepney Way and is now a fast food outlet and the building behind James Booth's left shoulder is Welton House - Phil Russell.

sc008n. The backs of the partially demolished houses is now the back of the Redcoat Community Centre. The flats in the distance (corner of Wellesley St & Stepney Way) are still there, you can just see a chimney top peeping out in the modern day picture. Mark did the Sherlock Holmes bit for this pic. Well done.
(Modern Photo Added: 26-10-2009)

Sparrows Can't Sing - Clichy Estate again - Phil Russell.
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc009. Clichy Estate again - Phil Russell.

sc009n. The view from the side of the Community Centre is pretty much the same as was in the film. Mark again. Ta muchly!
(Modern Photo Added: 26-10-2009)

Sparrows Can't Sing - Are what I used to know as the 'Police Flats' as that was what they were used for in the sixties, and now part of the Clichy Estate, Apsley House is face on and Ewhurst House is extreme right - Phil Russell.
Sparrows Can't Sing

sc010. Are what I used to know as the 'Police Flats' as that was what they were used for in the sixties, and now part of the Clichy Estate, Apsley House is face on and Ewhurst House is extreme right - Phil Russell.

sc010n. Now partially blocking the view of Aspley House stands a temporary building acting as a Mosque. Sleuthed by Mark.
(Modern Photo Added: 26-10-2009)

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