Film ID:
YFA 2920

VARIOUS HOLROYD FILMS

1929-1963

Visitor Tabs

Description

This reel of film consists of a number of different films from varying years and film stocks. The films included in this reel are in the following order:

A Motor Run (1929)
Opening of the Old Holiday Home at Norland (1937)
Northowram Hospital Opening (1934)
Opening of Gorple Reservoir (1934)
The Great Yorkshire Show at Halifax (1939)
Billet of Soldiers in Halifax (1940)
VE Day (1945)
Snow Scenes in Halifax (c. 1940)
Halifax Smoke (c. 1945)
Halifax from Beacon Hill (1948)
Around the Town (1953)
Coronation Flowers (1953)
Billy Smarts Circus (1953)
Opening of Shibden Hall Folk Museum (1953)
Procession to the Shay (1953)
Laying of Church Foundation Stone (1953)
Building of Crossfield Bus Station (1954)
Fire in Bull Green Halifax (1955)
Lord Mackintosh Given Freedom of Halifax (1954)
Ice Skating at the Shay (1963)

A Motor Run (1929) 111 ft Black and White
This film follows a group of travellers, local people from the Pennine Masonic Lodge, Halifax, on their day out in a car caravan.
The film opens with a title card reading HKW's Year - A Motor run to Thirsk, Hovingham Spa, Spacey House. A group of men and women are posed in front of their cars. Most of them are older, rather well dressed, and many of the men are smoking. Another title card reading Borough Bridge - our next Port of call (or shall it be call for Port?) A man is then holding up two wine glasses for the camera, most likely filled with port. Then there is what appears to be some sort of estate house, and the travellers are then posed in front of the gates of the driveway leading to the house. There is another title card reading The Water Splash at Hovingham. The caravan of cars proceed to make their way through the water splash as there is only a small walking bridge over the water which can be seen in the background. Another title card reads Worsley Arms Hotel. Like at their previous destinations, the travellers are grouped together on the steps and posed in front of the hotel. Another title card reads A Few more 'shots' an then off again for supper at The White Swan - Halifax. The travellers are posed in front, there is a group smoking in the garden, and finally a few are posed seated in their cars at the end of the journey.

Opening of the Old Holiday Home at Norland (1937) 36 ft Black and White
This film begins with a large group of people sitting together outside on lawn chairs at what appears to be some sort of meeting. Nearby and after the meeting, there is a group of young boy scouts playing leap frog.

Northowram Hospital Opening (1934) 26 ft Black and White
8th June A large group of people make their way into the front of a building and eventually explore the area surrounding the building.

Opening of Gorple Reservoir (1934) 18 ft Black and White
Title card - Members of Health Committee opening 7th June Members of the committee making their way out across a bridge to a looking post during the opening of the reservoir.

The Great Yorkshire Show at Halifax (1939) 158.3 ft Black and White / Kodachrome
This film documents the Great Yorkshire Show at Savile Park Moor in July 1939 at which different types of new farm and business machinery are being featured.
The film opens with a title card reading The GYS Halifax 1939. Many types of machinery are being featured at the fair including the latest models of tractors, engines, ploughs, and other modern farm equipment. The Bamfords area has a display of engines, wheels, and pulley systems.
In another part of the fair, there is an area reserved for machinery which would not be used on the farm, but rather in a business setting. Here, people are looking at the various cash registers and clocks.

A title card reads The Stables - owing to foot and mouth diseases, only horses were on show. At the stables many horses are in their quarters, and different people from the fair have come to observe them.
Title card - Jumping
On the field, there are many riders and horses jumping over different obstacles. The Wight Rodeo Riders, a group of stunt riders, then enter the arena and perform a rodeo stunt show for spectators.
The film then changes to colour as the Royal Corps of Signals begins to perform. On motorcycles, these stunt riders perform various manoeuvres and stunts for the audience.

Title - The York and Ainsty Hounds.

Hunters on horseback, accompanied by hounds, ride around the arena.  

Billet of Soldiers in Halifax (1940) 89.7 ft Black and White
The film opens with a title card, in the centre of which is a caricature of Hitler, and around the edges reads 'Who said Hitler could stop us filming?'
Title card - The Billet
The army stands outside a house, and then by the gate standing guard.
Title card - Quick March
The solders then come out from the gates and proceed to quick march in formation.
Title card - Dinner!
There are large buckets of food at which the soldiers line up. A few others are on the opposite side to dish out the food for the soldier's dinner. The film then ends with the same title card with which it opened.

VE Day (1945) 55 ft Black and White
This is a short film which documents VE Day in Halifax. Massive crowds fill the street, many people are dancing, and there are patriotic decorations all over town.

Snow Scenes in Halifax (c. 1940) 98 ft Black and White
This film documents a large snow fall which has buried most of Halifax and the surrounding areas. There are a few scenes of the countryside and smaller country roads which give the scale of the snowfall. There are a few people playing in the snow and others trying to make their way through. After a glimpse of a ram in the snow, a family is trying to dig their way out using a tractor to plough the road. The snow again starts to fall, and there are additional houses which have been snowed in. The film closes with a nurse who is out playing with the snow and large icicles which have formed as a result of the storm.

Halifax Smoke (c. 1945) 20 ft Black and White
This film captures the city from an aerial shot the rooftops of the city of Halifax. Smoke and steam makes its way out of the chimneys of the houses, buildings, and factories making for a foggy, smoky view of the city's rooftops.

Halifax from Beacon Hill (1948) 49 ft Kodachrome
Quite similar to the film before it, this colour film captures the city's rooftops only this time, lacking the smoke and steam of the other film.

Around the Town (1953) 15 ft Black and White
This short film documents an example of some of the coronation decorations which had been put up all over town, specifically the display in front of the town hall.

Coronation Flowers (1953) 93 ft Kodachrome
This film documents the floral decorations around Halifax for the Queen's Coronation in 1953.
Title card - Bull Green
There are people sitting on a bench at Bull Green where there are special flowers set up for the celebration.
Title card - Peoples Park
More of the same kind of flowers, and there area few people lounging and sunbathing on the grass.
Title card - Cow Wood Park
Here there is a replica of a royal emblem made of flowers.
Title card - The General Hospital
Similar to the Cow Wood Park display, here there is a replica of the crown made of flowers.
Title card - Bankfield.
Title card - Wards End
Around much of the same kind of flowers, cars, busses, and a motorcycle drive past this roundabout.

Billy Smarts Circus (1953) 54 ft Black and White
This film documents the arrival of Billy Smarts Circus to Halifax and the elephant parade through town.
The film opens with an advert in the newspaper for the circus. A man on a horse leads a group of elephants through the streets of the city centre as people from the town are lined up on either side of the street. As they pass, the children and other members of the town follow behind the procession.

Opening of Shibden Hall Folk Museum (1953) 255 ft Black and White
This film documents the opening of Shibden Hall Folk Museum, a manor house with connections to the wool industry in Halifax and converted into a museum complete with craftsmen who demonstrate different activities connected to the textile industry.
Title card - July 9th - His Grade the Duke of Devonshire opens Shibden Folk Museum
There is a City Council of Halifax announcement for the day's events as well as a museum sign. Members of the museum, dressed in 18th century costume, stand outside the museum. On an outside stage, the Duke and other officials (including the Lord Mayor?) proceed to make speeches for a large audience. The doors to the house are then officially opened and, after a few more speeches, those members on stage as well as from the audience enter the museum.
Inside, there are many re-enactors present demonstrating different crafts of the trade.
Title card - Hand File Cutting (demo)
Title card - The Farrier and the Blacksmith
Making horse shoes and part of an iron gate
Title card - The Sawpit
Title card - Wheel Wright (demo)
Title card - The Clogger (demo)
Title card - Nail Making my Hand (demo)
The film then ends with the Duke being escorted and shown around the remainder of the estate.

Procession to the Shay (1953) 63 ft Kodachrome
This film documents the Catholic procession so Shay Stadium and the theatrical performance put on by the group.
Title card - May 17 - Catholic Procession at the Shay
The procession to the Shay is made up of a marching band, boy scouts, and small children in different types of costume. At the Shay, the stadium stands are full of people, and on the field there is a group of actors performing a scene from the Bible, the manger scene and the birth of Jesus. There is a view of the overall crowd, and following the performance, a prayer or perhaps and entire mass is said from a stage in the stadium. The prises walk in, lead by alter boys and other members of the church. The film then closes with members of the procession in a long line on the field holding up letters which spell out "Long Live the Queen."

Laying of Church Foundation Stone (1953) 56 ft Black and White
This film documents the laying of the foundation stone at Mixenden Church.
Title card - July 1st - Laying of foundation stone at Mixenden Church
On a rainy day, there is a procession of members of the church and other clergy staff as well as other officials. They make their way to the construction site where they gather round as a giant foundation stone is put into place. After a blessing, the crowd then exits.

Building of Crossfield Bus Station (1954) 43 ft Black and White
This film documents the building of a bus station.
The film begins with the new foundations of the bus station. Then when the construction has been completed, there are a few people walking around the new facilities. Additionally, a worker is washing the window of the ticket booth.

Fire in Bull Green Halifax (1955) 76 ft Black and White
This film documents the destruction of a fire at a gas station at Bull Green.
The fire brigade has arrived at the scene of the fire and is trying to put out the flames. After, there is extensive damage to the gas station building and also tires which were nearby. Around the scene, there are spectators gathered watching the firemen in their work. Additionally, a policemen is present to direct traffic and pedestrians around the fire.

Lord Mackintosh Given Freedom of Halifax (1954) 61 ft Black and White
This film documents the Honorary Freedom of the county Borough of Halifax.
Title card - June 29 - Freedom to Lord Mackintosh
The Lord and Lady exit their car. Inside the hall, the Lord other city officials are seated at a long table on a stage. Here, various speeches are given, and the Lord is presented with an engraved sliver plate and a scroll on which there is an official seal. After the presentation, the Lord makes a speech as well.

Ice Skating at the Shay (1963) 14 ft Kodachrome
This is a short film in which people of all ages are ice skating in Shay Stadium under the lights.