a disturbing look at a less public side of east London during the 1960's.
people who for whatever reason had fallen upon hard times turned to the Salvation Army who offered some respite, a place to sleep and the chance to bathe and eat some hot food for a smaller sum of money they would have to pay elsewhere. In return for the safety of shelter and temporary refuge patrons were obliged to listen to a sermon about Bible Scripture which was usually accompanied by a film. Many people were saved from an uncertain fate by the good works of the Salvation Army who, often ridiculed and made the butt of jokes, worked tirelessly to save some of the most desperate of characters society had to offer.
this short extract shows actor Anthony Hopkins talking to some of the patrons, it was part of a longer film depicting the work of the SA and soliciting donations from more wealthy benefactors.
there was another group of hostels that tended for the people who fell thruogh this safety net, for those desperate characters the Rowton House was the last place before death.
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Location: London, England, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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