A bungling bumpkin tries his hand at a series of jobs in this slapstick silent comedy - only to prove how useless he is at all of them. After being unceremoniously ejected from a bus (reason unknown; the beginning of the film is missing), our hapless hero becomes (among other things) a waiter, a soldier and a sandwich-board man. His true calling, as it turns out, is altogether less dignified...You can watch it at the BFI website at http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-man-who-never-made-good-1914/.
The reason the scene with the lead character as a sandwich board man was filmed just round the corner at Wandle Bank in Collier's Wood (a street sign is visible in the background).
The hours I could waste searching for locations on the (Google map integrated) Britain On Film at http://player.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film/.