Film ID:
YFA 514

HOLMFIRTH TRADESMEN'S TRIP & BLITZ IN SHEFFIELD

1939-1944

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Description

This film documents a trip taken by Holmfirth Tradesmen to the countryside, Buxton and Belle Vue Zoo.  Additionally, the film shows the devastation and destruction caused to buildings in Sheffield as a result of the Blitz during the Second World War.

Title:  ‘Tradesman Trip’ 

An image of the Holmfirth Chamber of Trade sign is followed by a woman typing, a letter being put through a store door, an entry being made into a minute book and signs showing shops closed, including the shops John Howarth's, Schofield's and Wallaces.  One of the tradesmen brushes his teeth and polishes his shoes getting ready for the trip.
 
Intertitle:  'Resolved first stop will be at . . . .  '  and  ‘Now for the fray . . .'  

At Gartside’s estate a bus of the Baddeley Brothers Company is cleaned and topped up with oil in readiness for the trip.  The driver then uses a starter handle on the front of the bus.

There are some brief scenes of bomb damaged buildings in Sheffield, followed by the party of traders waiting outside the Devonshire Arms Hotel (Baslow?), with the women photographing each other sitting on the running board of a car.  Then looking onto Headstone Viaduct at Monsal Dale, a coal train pulled by a steam engine passes.  They then take a walk along a countryside river in Monsaldale, Derbyshire, and later on, visit the Zoological Gardens at Belle Vue, Manchester.  It has an outdoor gibbon enclosure.  Firemen use hoses to put out a fire in a large building across a river.  There follows a sign for Zoological Gardens and a Ballroom.

The End  WK Productions

Title: 'September 3rd 1939 War'

This title is followed by an entry from Samuel Pepys' Diary.  Through the window of a model plane’s cockpit, a model town can be seen below along with pictures of Second World War fighter planes.  After the simulation there are buildings that have been damaged from the flood Holmfirth in Whitsuntide 1944, including a bridge over a river.  A wrecking ball demolishes some buildings, and people are clearing up.