Film ID:
YFA 4154

BRADFORD SUBURBAN

c.1961

Visitor Tabs

Description

This film contains footage of some newly constructed suburban housing estates in Bradford. Some of the shots are from during the construction as well as showing the finished houses and surrounding areas. This film is part of the C.H. Wood collection which spans the period from 1920 until 2009. The collection includes films with many different topics including industrial documentaries, local events, educational and amateur titles and some of the Wood family home movies. The majority of the films were made by Harold Wood and his son David Wood who were both involved in the running of the film and photography company C.H. Wood.

The film opens with a blue bus driving down a road past a new housing estate; the houses are surrounded by lovely gardens. There are some shots of the landscaping in the area and a brief shot of a dog sitting in a field looking at the camera.

Following this there are shots of houses from various angles as well as their gardens and a lingering shot of some workmen on the street installing a lamp post into the ground. There is a sign for `Downside Crescent' in Allerton and shots of the houses in the estate and the local shops.

The shots in the next few scenes are mostly of the well-tended flower beds and front gardens in the estate. There are some lingering shots of all the flowers. Some women sit on the front steps of a house while two young girls do handstands against the wall. In another garden there are several toddlers while a young girl plays on a scooter on the street. Also on the street are several children in bathing suits, one girl stands on a stool and jumps into a basin of water.

There is a brief shot of a half demolished building and then a quick cut to more shots of the new estate. A bulldozer drives up the road of a half-completed estate.

Builders around the construction site are painting walls, roofing, and tiling. There are shots of some of the finished houses and their front gardens.

There is a brief shot of a small girl walking down the road with her mother's high heels on.

There is a sign which reads `Wycombe Green' and then there is a shot of `Holme Wood Social Club' and `Holme Wood Tenants Association Ltd'.

The footage ends with shots of a stone slab which reads `This stone was laid by S.C. Wardley 6th September 1960', and another which read `This stone was laid by Comm. E. England 6th September 1960' and a final one which read `This stone was laid by Ald. R. C. Ruth 6th September 1960.