Thursday, 28 March 2013

Training - Symons Street, Knightsbridge, London, UK

Location: Symons Street, Knightsbridge, London, UK






“-The source is the star of the show, and the star decides whether to make the meeting or abort.- This is fun, is that why you keep it secret?”


Details:
Barley being trained in aspects of spycraft by Ned (James Fox), of British Intelligence - making contact with a source, avoiding the pitfalls of surveillance: "crowds are good, if you keep moving, open spaces are good, talking in the street is OK if you have to; never ever talk in the car or in the hotel room unless its for the benefit of their microphones, and if you've heard anything of playing the radio or turning on the tap - forget it!"


Notes:
This is  street that runs alongside the Peter Jones store in Knightsbridge.  The quest to identify this scene has been a long one.  In the film, Ned is seen waiting inside the doorway of a butcher's shop, whose name is visible on the shop window - Cobb of Knightsbridge.





A search on the internet for that company will tell you that there was a butchers of that name, latterly part of the Dewhurst chain which is no more, and their last known address was Clifton Road in Maida Vale.  From a quick look on Google Streetview, it is clear that Clifton Road is not the location of this scene.  I'd almost given up trying to identify the street, when I spotted a Cobb of Knightsbridge model delivery van on Ebay.  On the van's livery, it is almost possible to read the original address - Symons Street.


As you can see from the above photo, this street has changed quite a lot over the last 20 odd years - gone are all the original shops: a dry cleaners, butchers, tile shop, wine merchant; all to be replaced by The White Company and some fashion retailers.

10 comments:

finney said...
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Unknown said...

My first job was working at that butchers shop around 1990-1991.
Dirk bogarde used to be a customer and norman tebbit he was really nice to talk too.

finney said...

Hi Unknown,Would that have been for Cobb butchers part of Dewhurst butchers group,
Cobb was part of Matthews Ltd until Dewhurst took them over in the 1980,s,
Sadly Dewhurst liquidated in 1995 & i dont know its history after that,
PS, My removed comments were removed as inaccurate.

finney said...

Looking at my Files as a hobby Meat Trade Historian, In 1942 the butchers was L Oliff Ltd who had other shops locally,
I have a photo of the shop with the Royal coat of arms above & the distinctive BLaack & White pillars

Unknown said...

Dewhurst was part of the chain i seem to remember it was owned by the vesty family. Jim freeman was the store manager and bill osbourne was the elderly van driver who would make the deliverys also had two others that worked there too tom baker and another bloke called peter cant remember his surname . its location was originally 12 symons street.

finney said...

Thank you Unknown for those names,I have learnt something re the shop addresses on the model van, The original Cobb was 5 Sloane street bought by Matthews who rebadge their upmarket shops Cobb of Knightsbridge(30) at the Dewhurst takeover, They supplied Windsor, Sandringham & the Palace,

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finney said...

Unknown, Your comment is not of a text that i know & understand,

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