Our New Errand Boy

Date: 1905
Director: James Williamson
Production Company: Williamson Kinematograph Company

Stars: James Williamson, Tom Williamson
Location(s): East Sussex

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Storyline:

A grocer employs a mischievous new errand boy who uses the errands he is sent on as an opportunity to play pranks on the people he encounters.

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Screen captures and uncredited now shots uploaded by Stephen Dean.

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The grocer, James Williamson, gives the errand boy (played by his son, Tom Williamson) a dusty mat to beat out. 99 Lorna Road, Hove, East Sussex.

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The shop was originally Hodders Store, 2 Lorna Road, until 1930 when it was re-numbered as 99. Now used as an office.

The errand boy beats out the mat against a gentleman who is walking past. Facing east on the corner of Holland Road and Davigdor Road, Hove.

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The building that stood on the corner was the Hove Electricity Works, which ceased generating in 1958, and was demolished in 1985.

While walking with another errand boy, he squirts him with a soda syphon which the other boy is carrying in his basket. Facing north east on Wilbury Villas, Hove.

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This bridge crosses the railway line between Hove and Brighton.

The errand boy and a friend tie string to a loaf of bread. A woman passerby picks it up and the boys tug it from her basket, spilling her shopping. Facing south west on Cambridge Grove, Hove.

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Originally called Cambridge Mews, then Cambridge Stables and finally Cambridge Grove. Near to where James Williamson had his film studio.

While the boys get a telling off from a passing curate, the errand boy tips flour into his hat. The southern end of Wilbury Villas by Cromwell Road.

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Now without the conservatory on the side of the house.

The errand boy turns the pipe filling a water cart onto the driver. Facing Cromwell Road, on the corner of Holland Road and Davigdor Road, Hove.

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A row of houses now replaces a line of Cypress trees.

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The boy is pursued by his victims but he is waiting with a hose. Unidentified location but could possibly be in the garden of James Williamson's house, Rose Cottage, where he built his glasshouse studio.

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The boy escapes through a hole in the wall of a shed. Unknown location, but could also be in the grounds of the Cambridge Grove studio.

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The errand boy laughs with delight after trapping the victims of his pranks in a chicken run. Added for completeness but could possibly also be near the studio.