Film ID: YFA 2468 MARKET DAY IN HOLMFIRTH 1950s Visitor TabsDescription This is a film of a typical market day in Holmfirth, with a livestock auction. Intertitle – Holmfirth: a Yorkshire market town at the foot of the Peninnes There is a view over the town which is shown from several vantage points. Intertitle – The town is surrounded by grim moors. There is a panoramic view over the moors. Intertitle – And lonely farms. Some local farms are shown. Intertitle – Breakfast – then work starts in the dim dawn. A man is sitting at a table with a small boy having breakfast. Then the man, a farmer, feeds his pigs and rounds up some cows. He is then cutting crops with a horse drawn harvester. A woman comes out of the house with three children and they go into the yard and feed the chickens. The children play around the outside of the house. Intertitle – Enterprise – one farmer quarries the stone on his land. The farmer drops explosives down holes he has drilled into the rock. Intertitle – Crushes and grades it into saleable sand. He shovels the rock into a grinding machine. It then gets transported in buckets on a conveyor belt. Intertitle – Market day is busy for traders. A bus is parked on a street, with pedestrians and cars. Sacks are being loaded onto the back of a lorry. Elsewhere a man is unloading a van into an electrical shop. Intertitle – Arrivals at the market Cattle are being herded into a pen, and vans and lorries arrive; one, Arthur Bower, from Kirkburton, bringing more cattle, another brings pigs. Intertitle – Grading: pigs are clipped through the ear, and do they howl. A group of men stand in a doorway, and there is a board with prices on. Pigs are ushered into pens with rope nets over the top, where they have their ears clipped. Some young calves also arrive. Intertitle – Mr W Sykes takes the bids. A man is shown running the auction, with a large crowd gathered around in a circle. Intertitle – The last bid: a quick ‘un at . . There is the sign for the Crown Hotel. Intertitle – And the drovers start for home. Cattle are led back onto their transport trucks. One young bull is reluctant to go, but a woman arrives to calm him down. Intertitle – The market is left to the cleaners. A man sweeps up the mess, whilst two others hose the area down as the film comes to an end.