Film ID:
YFA 3331



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This film documents a variety of events at Hovingham, North Yorkshire including a cross country race at Harewood House. The film was made by Col. Sir William Arthington Worsley of Hovingham, 4th Baronet. He was also a cricketer who captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1928 and 1929 and captured cricket events on film as well as life and events in and around Hovingham village.

Title-The Arabian Ambassador

Shot of a young boy dressed as an Arab.

Title - Malton Grammer School Sports 1939

Some boys are lined up for a cycle race across the field and some girls are taking part in a dressing up fun race. There are shots of the boys doing an obstacle race and some of the girls play netball; some of the footage is in slow motion. Later, the boys play a game of tug-of-war. There is a table set up in a field. A man and woman stand behind the table and give out prizes to the winners of each event.

Title-The Victor Ludorum.

They continue to give out prizes.

Title - Dishforth Aerodrome

On an airfield many military aircrafts are lined up. There are some men in military uniform standing together, and Marcus Worsley is in one of the cockpits of a large plane. A similar model takes off from the airfield. Another plane is taxied to the runway, and a large group of men help to guide the plane out. Finally Marcus gets into the cockpit of a smaller bi-plane that also taxies across the tarmac.

Title - Inter-club cross country steeple chase at Harewood House 13th May 1939

A large crowd of people are lined up at the finish line awaiting the junior boys to run in.

Title-Finish of junior event

Some extremely tired young men run the last part of the race as a man yells through a megaphone. They all collapse on the grass.

Title - Start of seniors

A huge crowd of boys line up, and the race begins. Supporters cheer them on.

Title-Finish of the senior race.

The boys run to the finish line.

Title-The winner

There is a close up shot of the winner. All around him boys are lying on the grass and some are being revived by having their faces wiped with water.


Crowds of boys all smile at the camera.

Title-Sheffield wins the shield

A man makes speeches and hands out prizes.

Title-The Prince who was a piper 1930

Outside Hovingham Hall, a young boy is dressed up in royal costume on a throne. In front of him there are a group of girls dressed in robes who dances for him.

Title-The great flood Sept 1932
There is footage of the flood as the village of Hovingham is partially under water.

Title-Nearly into the house

Shots of Hovington Hall under water.

Title-1931 the main street.

On the main street, the water reaches half way up fences. There are people standing in their doorway with big brushes and looking out of their windows onto the street.

Title-And again in 1932