Film ID:
YFA 1046



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A tour of the Temple Newsam House, Leeds, led by the then director.

Title-Temple Newsam House Tour, Leeds.

Title-Temple Newsam House, A Journey in Time produced by members of the Leeds Cine Circle, Commentary and Direction by E.L.Musgrave.,

Title-A Tudor Jacobean mansion situated five miles from Leeds. The estate was once the property of the Knights Templar and afterwards belonged successively to the D' Arcy, Lennox and Ingram families. The house was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots and of Lady Hertford, `Queen of the Regency'. Acquired by the Leeds Corporation from Lord Halifax in 1922, Temple Newsam maintains its character as a great country house furnished with the city's valuable collection of art treasures. A focal point in the North for art lovers, connoisseurs and students of the fine arts.

The film opens with a shot from one side of the estate looking across grass and a forest to the mansion. A closer shot gives a proper view of the size of the building. A piece of metal modern art sits on the grounds, and there are several shots of it from different angles. There are other pieces of sculpture on the grounds: a stone carving of a deity, a statue of a naked man and a metal sculpture of a Chinese man with a large hat on his head.

There are shots of the hundreds of colourful flowers on the grounds, the lake on the grounds which are surrounded by trees and flowers and then there is a shot taken from a height looking down on the vast expanse of grounds. There are some more shots of tulips in a perfect pattern in flower beds in front of the house and some visitors can be seen wandering around in the background.

A stone plaque is on one wall and it reads `this south wing was intirely (sic) rebuilt by Frances Shepheard Viscountess Irwin, relict of Charles 9th Viscount Irwin in the year 1796'. There are also some shots of paintings that are in the house and some maps of the estate and grounds from hundreds of years ago.

Following this is a sequence of shots from around the house taking shots of different parts of the building. There are some carvings on the outside of the house including a bust and a crest. The main door is made of heavy wood and has studs all the way around it.

Inside the hall of the house, a security man opens a door to let the visitors in, and as they file past him, he hands them an information sheet. There are shots of a large room with big pieces of wooden furniture, tapestries, paintings and carpets.

There is a shot taken from one end of a long corridor looking all the way down through the gilt edged archways. This is followed by a shot of a large, wooden table covered in trinkets made mostly of gold. A hand picks up a gold fish trinket and shows it to the camera. On another table are many gold, decorated jewellery or pill boxes, again the hand holds one of them up for the camera.

There is a shot of a large painting of a woman in a large dress and feather in her hair. Then the Director of the estate walks into another room and over to a cabinet where he takes out a vase and shows it to the camera. Other items are also visible: wooden chests and tables, cabinets, upholstered chairs, vases, and many paintings.

The Director walks into another room and over to a tall unit. He opens the doors to reveal many little drawers and cubby holes which he shows to the camera. In another room a large glass chandelier is reflected in the mirror on top of a very large and ornate fireplace made of stone. There are more shots of busts and paintings of men and women, religious carvings and bureaus.

Following this is a shot of a long room with red walls. Along the sides are chairs and the camera pans around to pick out the large fireplace, the paintings. There are close up shots of some elaborate gold candelabras which contain electric bulbs.

Next a group of men and women in period costume come into the room and one of the women plays on a harpsichord. The other men and women do some dancing of the time and then an orchestra comes out onto a small make shift stage. As they play the camera pans to take shots of the audience.

The next few shots are from a bedroom and the camera pans from the canopy on the top of the bed to the bottom of the large four poster bed. Then the camera moves to take a shot of a large painting and the Director who is holding up a sword and wide brimmed hat to the camera. He does the same thing with a red saddle and then there are shots of more paintings in some other bedrooms. These bedrooms are a lot darker than the first bedroom and the walls are covered in wooden carvings. The Director points out different features on the carvings.

The last shots are taken from a gallery in the house. There are many types of paintings ranging from religious iconography to more modern, interpretive paintings.

Title-The End.

Title-Temple Newsam House Leeds