Film ID: YFA 4342 Video of YFA_4342 Eli Simpson Collection ELI SIMPSON COLLECTION REEL 3 1953 Visitor TabsDescription In the summer of 1953, Eli Simpson set out to make a film for the British Speleological Association called The Birth of a Yorkshire River or The Waters of Mawn. The film collection is comprised of rushes he shot at locations such as Ingleborough Cave, Malham Cove, and Hull Pot, all located in the Yorkshire Dales, and many of the films include both interior and exterior footage of the caves. This is a film of Malham Village taken at the town crossroads. There is a pub on the corner, and children are sitting on the side of a stone bridge. Two tour buses cross over the bridge. Two people are climbing over rocks and up a hill by Malham Cove. At the bottom of the cove, a man goes through some of the rock. There is footage of the surrounding landscape. Context During the lazy summer of 1953, ramblers are out in their shorts, sat on the edge of the famous old stone bridge going over Malham Beck in the village of Malham. The area looks remarkably like it is today, save for the 1950s coaches and British cars – Ford Pilot, Triumph and Riley – which are all jet black. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the landscape around Malham looks even more sparse and unspoilt than it is today. This is one of many reels of rushes that were made under the direction of Eli Simpson, founding member and Recorder of the British Speleological Association. The idea was to make a film titled “Birth of a Yorkshire River” or “The Waters of Mawn” (a puzzling title). Simpson, in control of a fracturing British Speleological Association, got the help of his Settle neighbour Eddy Perry as technician and camera operator, and BSA member John Tobin, a photographer from Keighley, also behind the camera. The filming, poorly resourced over two years, eventually petered out. The whole enterprise has been meticulously recorded in a film made by fellow caveman filmmaker Sid Perou, who has also made a film about Simpson.