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Podcast Ep072 The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp
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Podcast Ep072 The Blue Lamp

Aidan McManus Founder of Flipside London Tours Takes Us On a Journey Through 1950’s Ladbroke Grove via the Film, The Blue Lamp

A 1950 British Police Drama, Filmed in and Around Ladbroke Grove.

It was directed by Basil Dearden It starred Jack Warner as PC Dixon, Jimmy Hanley PC Mitchell and Dirk Bogarde as a hardened criminal.

Blue Lamps were traditionally hung outside British police stations and is where the Film gets its name from.

Well before Savage’s time, The inspiration for the Blue Lamp came TV series Dixon of Dock Green 1955-76. Jack Warner continued to play PC Dixon until he was 80 years old despite being murdered in the Blue Lamp!

The film follows a simple moral structure  screenplay written by T.E.B Clarke in which the police are the true and decent bunch in society, battling the disorganised crime of a few unruly youths.


The original blue lamp was transferred to the new Paddington Green Police Station. The lamp is still outside  the front of the station. Most of the locations around the police station are either gone or look completely different. Check out Ep065 with Tom Vague who hosts The Colville Forum.

If you would like to see a reproduction of the blue lamp, visit The police station’s entrance at 325 Harrow Road. The coliseum at 324 Harrow Road which can also be seen on the film is not far away.

Streets used or seen
Harrow Road W2/W9
Bishop’s Bridge Road W2
Westbourne Terrace Bridge Road W9
Delamere Terrace
Blomfield Road
Formosa Street
Hills Road
Kinnaird Street
Senior Street W2
Ladbroke Grove W10
Portobello Road W11
Latimer Road.
Sterne Street W12
Hythe Road NW10.

The chase on foot into Wood Lane and then to the White City Dog Track (Stadium) is worth watching. Before the BBC built upon it in the 80’s, I think Savage was just old enough to remember it!?

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Main Contributor – Aidan McManus Founder of Flipside London Tours

If you want get deep beneath the gentrification of Notting Hill and the image portrayed in beautifully written films lies Riots, Punk Rock Bands and many more Interesting stories about Notting Hill's vibrant past which beats any kind of fiction. If this is you, Aidan McManus is the only tour guide you'll want to show you London!! Just look at his reviews on Trip Advisor. Further Tours include Soho Punk Tour - West Way Walk - Music Movies, Murder & Mayhem - Gangland Soho.

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