Film ID: YFA 32 Video of YFA_32 Kirkby Malzeard Silver Jubilee KIRKBY MALZEARD SILVER JUBILEE 1935 Visitor TabsDescription This is an amateur film which shows various aspects of life around the village of Kirkby Malzeard. The film was made by Sir Fred Moore at the time of the Royal Silver Jubilee. The film opens with a hunt gathering in Masham Square. There are many hounds and some of the men are on horseback. There are also some children gathered nearby. A group of children are lined up on the steps at a memorial in the centre of town, and there is a newspaper clipping about the celebrations of the King's Silver Jubilee. In the next scene, a number of children gather firewood for the bonfire on Castle Hill. They gather a huge amount of branches and build them into a massive heap. Everyone chips in to build the bonfire. Title - May 6th 1935 Mowbray House. Men work to build a marquee on the lawns of Mowbray House. The poles are first erected, and the tent soon follows. On the side of the tent is a sign for 'Ripon Horticultural Society.' This is followed by a local fete and children's games. A crowd has gathered to watch the races, and there are shots of people enjoying the fete. There are a few people who set of Chinese lanterns as well. Title - Kirkby Malzeard Sword Dance The next item features the Kirkby Malzeard Sword Dancers who perform this traditional dance for the crowds. A man reads out a brief speech before the dance to introduce the performers. Title - Kirkby Malzeard Cricket There is a cricket match taking place, and people have gathered at different places on the surrounding small hills to watch the game. Some of them pose for the camera. Title - School Fete at Calphay Manor Children are in costume and go onto perform a play. Some of the children are dressed as fairies, and many of them dance around. This performance is followed by a Maypole dance. There are shots of the audience who has gathered to watch the children. Many of them smile for the camera. The film ends with more footage of the performance. Context All things symbolising Englishness are to the fore as Yorkshire villagers perform Morris dancing, maypole dancing, dress up as fairies and, of course, play a game of cricket. The rapid influence of Cecil Sharp and the English Folk Dance Society is very much in evidence in these celebrations of the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V in North Yorkshire. Before Morris dancing got a reputation for being rather embarrassing, locals look on in wonder as the pioneering Kirkby Malzeard Sword Dancers exhibit the intricacies of this historic dance form. The influence continues as school children perform fairy stories and maypole dancing. This is one of two films made by Sir Fred Denby Moore of his family and events in Kirkby Malzeard in the 1930s. Fred Moore (b. c.1863, d 1951) was a Bradford wool merchant who stood as the Conservative candidate for Bradford Central in the 1922 general election, but lost it with a 13% swing to Labour. Like much of England, the land of Kirkby Malzeard became the property of a Norman knight, Sir Roger Mowbray; hence Mowbray House where Moore lived. Cecil Sharp, who rediscovered and popularised Morris dancing, first encountered sword dancing in Kirkby Malzeard in 1928. It originated in the Northumbria, Durham and Yorkshire area. The Kirkby Malzeard Longsword dance folded sometime in the late 1930s (revived 1986).