Film ID: YFA 5387 Video of YFA_5387 Arncliffe ARNCLIFFE c.1935 Visitor TabsDescription This is a film of life on a farm near Arncliffe. It shows many of the farm’s animals including chickens and cows, and includes footage of sheep shearing and a horse-drawn plough. The film begins with geese in a farmyard. Intertitle – House Martens House martins are nesting above a barn door. A chicken walks along a dry stone wall. Intertitle – Mutual Help The chicken pecks insects off of a cow which is laid down chewing cud. There is a street sign which points in the directions of Arncliffe, Skipton, and Kettlewell. Children are playing with a ball in the small school play yard of Arncliffe Village School. A man puts a boy on a horse, along with his dog, and gives them a ride. Children sit and play on the village green where cows are grazing. There is also an old mowing machine. There are ducks in a pond and some cattle are herded along a county lane. A man carries a milk urn on his back. Near a waterfall, sheep being herded, and a chicken is eating bread. A woman climbs a large old tree. There are more hens feeding, and two children playing in a yard, planting cuttings into some sand. The small boy poses for the camera. Sheep dogs round up the sheep and new-born lambs, some of which are fed milk from a bottle. The farmer ploughs a field with a horse drawn plough. Farmers herd sheep through a village to a farm where they get sheared and marked. Title – The End Provided by Reverend G Curry of the Upper Wharfedale Museum Society Context A whimsical but lovingly made portrait of country life in Arncliffe, Upper Wharfedale, in the 1930s, when roads mainly served as freeways for sheep and cows, and geese roamed everywhere at will. Here humans and farm animals seem to live in perfect harmony as house martins nest in the barn, a chicken pecks insects off a grazing cow, horses pull the plough, sheep dogs watch over the sheep, children play in the village school and the farmer’s wife feeds milk to a new-born lamb. It is one of several films made of Arncliffe during the 1930s that were donated (initially to Upper Wharfedale Museum) by Reverend G Curry. The film looks to have been taken either in the grounds of a school or in the grounds of a large country house. G Curry was the vicar of St Oswald Church, Arncliffe – where the Right Reverend John Robinson, author of the influential book Honest to God, is buried.