Film ID:
YFA 2490



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This documentary addresses the changes taking place in the small village of Berry Brow located in the Kirklees area of Huddersfield.  The village is amidst a huge change where the traditional terraced houses are being knocked down to make way for the tower blocks of the future, creating the “new” Berry Brow.

The film opens showing the old railway station, and the railway tracks go off into the distance.  The film continues onto the station’s waiting room revealing the dull, derelict nature of the place.  Evocative sounds of a ghost train accompany these images.

As the film continues, there is footage which shows the picturesque village, its winding roads, and the little terraced stone cottages.  The village is situated in between rolling hills which can be seen in the background.

The documentary continues onto show Salem Terrace and the large Methodist Church that has been left in ruin.  Broken windows and the crumbling brickwork can be seen.  Accompanying these images is a voiceover provided by a woman who lived in the village.  She comments on how special the church was and how much life has changes over just a short period of time. 

In the next sequence, the cottages are being demolished.  The demolition is shown through close-ups during which a huge metal wrecking ball hits the small buildings.  This is followed by scenes of the derelict land.  The commentary explains that Berry Brow is to be a village of the future.  New tower blocks are being built on the hillsides as well as uniform bungalows, built in neat rows, which await new tenants.  The film finishes with scenes of Berry Brow accompanied by William Blake’s “Jerusalem” looking onto a brave, modern new world.