Film ID:
YFA 1233

YORKSHIRE

1958

Visitor Tabs

Description

Made by the Educational Foundation for Visual Aids, this is a promotional and educational film highlighting the various industries and tourist destinations in Yorkshire.

Title - Produced by Anvil Films Ltd. and The Educational Foundation for Visual Aids 1958 made in co-operation with the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education: Advisor A. Curry M.B.E. F.R.G.S.
Distribution: Educational Foundation for Visual Aids
33 Queen Anne Street, London, W.I.

The film opens with a title - Yorkshire. (spliced back to front.)

The film cuts to a scene of an industrial town. (Part of the film may be missing as the narrator comes in half way through a sentence.) Yorkshire is described as "varied," and this is illustrated by scenes of Pennine sheep farming, airy farming in the Central Vale, textile workers examining wool, steel works, fish being prepared in Whitby Harbour, and a crowded beach at Scarborough.

Yorkshire's geographical location is shown by means of an annotated map. The three Ridings are described in turn. The West Riding, "the great industrial region," is the first focus. Place names appear highlighted on the map. This is followed by scenes of heavy industry. This sequence includes shots of coal being mined manually underground, a steel forge at Leeds, women working on Sheffield cutlery, and a locomotive factory at Doncaster. The exterior and interior of a Bradford textile mill are shown as well as various aspects of the manufacturing. The commentary speaks of the rapid growth and population density in relation to housing which is described as, "cramped and grim." An unidentified street of back to back houses is shown. This is contrasted with a modern suburban housing development, also unidentified.

A group of cyclists go from this developed area to the Pennine countryside in order to illustrate the accessibility of the countryside to those from the cities. The narrator states, "Ilkley Moor and Wharfdale are almost at the backdoor of Leeds and Bradford." A town (poss. Ilkley) is pictured in long shot. Various shots of streams and rivers accompany the narrator's assertion of the importance of a plentiful water supply for the textile industry and the region's cities. A reservoir which supplies water to Leeds is shown. The map of Yorkshire is again shown, this time with the focus on the North Riding.

There is a long panning shot of the lowlands of the Vale of York looking south from Sutton Bank. The importance of agriculture to this area is illustrated with shots of corn fields, cattle and sheep. Cows are being unloaded at Foss Island for York cattle market. This is followed by shots of York Minster and the famous city walls and bars including Micklegate. York is described as, "a meeting point of communications," because of the size of the railway terminus. The station platforms are shown as trains draw up and pull away. The cattle market (which also deals in sheep and pigs) is shown on a busy day. Lorries, which can be identified as being owned by T.C. Mason- York and R. Holgate - York, load and unload livestock.

The existence of a network of smaller local markets is established with shots of sign posts (i.e. Crayke, Helmsley, Thirsk, Northallerton). Northallerton , "the administrative centre of the North Riding," is shown. People shop in the open air market for textiles, fruit and hardware. Steel works in the Cleveland area are pictured next. This sequence includes shots of the Middlesborough transporter bridge and the unloading of imported iron ore. A rare example of a domestic iron mine is given as the Kaktus Mine at Skinningrove. Ore is being transported to a blast furnace on the cliffs.

There are various shots of the North Yorkshire Moors which are described as, "wild and beautiful. People are backpacking and enjoying views of the countryside as well as at more established sightseeing destinations such as Riveux Abbey. Whitby Abbey is shown as well as views of the harbour and the sea front. Scarborough beach thronging with tourists is described as, "one of the many easily accessible seaside towns which have grown up all alone the coast from Saltburn to Hornsey."

The Coast at Sandsend, Flamborough Head, Bridlington, and Spurn Point illustrate the geography of the region. The inland regions of the chalk Wolds are shown including the mixed farming practices and the administrative centre of Beverley. Long shots are taken from the top of the Beverly Minster towards the Wolds and hills. The port at Hull, or Kingston-Upon-Hull, is pictured. Fruit, wool, wheat and timber are unloaded along the seven miles of docks whilst coal, motor cars and agricultural equipment is loaded for export. A ship, named the "Malmo" is shown leaving the docks. It is accompanied by tugs. The activity at the docks is also shown at night before the film comes to an end.

Title - The End.