Film ID:
YFA 5239

STREET LIFE

1935

Visitor Tabs

Description

Made by Henry Foster in 1935, this film documents an important and often unseen part of York’s history and areas which no longer exist in present day York.  This film includes Jubilee street parties in Hungate, the slum area of York, and walking races from York to Bishopthorpe.

The film begins on Victory Street and Nunnery Lane where four people in fancy dress pose for the camera.  They hold collection tins.  Following this, the walkers line up to pose for the camera as well.  The race begins, and the walkers are cheered on by the crowd who has gathered close by.  The men leave from the finish line in pairs or small groups.  Some of them are dressed in everyday clothes while others are in athletic wear.  Men of all ages have come out to compete, and there are a few policemen are on hand to keep the crowds back from the starting line.  

The men make their way from Nunnery Lane to Bishopthorpe, past the palace, and back towards York city centre.  Different sections of the race are filmed, and officiators can be seen waiting as the walkers approach Bishopthorpe.      

At the end of the race, the winners line up and pose for a picture.  The crowd of onlookers stand behind them.  There remaining competitors cross the finish line as the crowd cheers them on.  

Title – Jubilee Celebrations at YORK
Title – Hungate, Garden Place, Haver Lane, Dundas Street Jubilee Celebrations
Title – Garden Terrace celebrations Ald. Hutchinson presides

There is a brief shot of a boat followed by the Jubilee celebrations in Hungate.  All of the terraced streets shown are heavily decorated with Union Jack flags and bunting for the occasion.  A group of children are seated on a stone wall where they pose and smile for the camera.  This is followed by footage of many different houses along the street, and some of the residents stand in the doorways.  Children are seated at a long table in the middle of a narrow street.  Adults are crowded around close by, many of whom wear paper hats.  There is also a man with a large tea dispenser.  There is extensive footage of the residents who smile and wave for the camera, and there is an overall feeling of celebration.  

Additional Info:
Charles Thorburn Hutchinson who had been Lord Mayor in 1937/8. When Alderman Hutchinson was elected in 1937 one of the first things he did was to distribute food parcels to the unemployed who had to queue in Exhibition Square. Alderman Hutchinson had a special interest in the Groves and attended and taught Sunday School at Groves Chapel.