Film ID: YFA 5227 Video of YFA_5227 Yorkshire Sketchbook YORKSHIRE SKETCHBOOK 1955-1956 Visitor TabsDescription This film belongs to the Parkin family collection. This is an amateur film documenting life and scenery in the county of Yorkshire. It opens with a painted title: ‘Yorkshire Sketchbook.’ It begins with a train pulling into Castleford station. There is then a street scene showing buses and people. A cityscape shows various factories with smoking chimneys. This is followed by some footage at a factory where men are working outside with a crane. Next a Mayor leaves a car to enter a building. He is then shown in a garden dressed in Mayor robes with a large golden chain that reads: ‘Borough of Castleford.’ There are shots of some public gardens, where there are men and women playing boule. This cuts to another shot of a cityscape. Next there is footage of a rugby match, followed by more material of flowers and trees in a park. A very old woman stands in her doorway. The Parkin family visit Ledston Hall. This is followed by some cars driving up and down a country road. Jennifer, the Parkin daughter, is sitting in a meadow, picking flowers. Back at home, the Parkin family enjoy time together in the garden; the mother pours water on the children with a watering can. The children are next seen playing in a river. There is also footage of a sheep and a baby lamb, some geese and their chicks, some hens and cows. There is a shot showing a Henry Moore statue. There are some scenes of snowy mountains. A sign, covered in snow, reads: Ledsham, after which the village is seen, all covered in snow, featuring a frozen reserve. The two Parkin children have a snowball fight at the side of the road. There are more scenes of the snowy village, fields and factories. The film ends with a shot of a train in a train station on a sunny day. A painted title reads: 'Yorkshire Sketchbook' 'The End.' Context A chance to see both sides of Castleford: the ugly and the pleasant in the mid-1950s, before the devastating pit closures and the Castleford Project. Local ironmonger John Parkin captures the factories and pits, already in the throes of decay, as well the parks and gardens in spring. Then out into the countryside, his family frolics in meadows and by streams, and the wildlife looks resplendent in Kodachrome colour, enhanced by the appearance of a Henry Moore statue. This is one of many films of family outings and local activities made in the 1950s by John Parkin, who ran an ironmongers shop in Castleford. Castleford at the time was a thriving town with full employment, but the 1980s saw that change as pits like Fryston, Glasshoughton and Wheldale all closed (none are left). Henry Moore was born in Castleford, the son of a miner, and some of his works can be seen in the nearby Yorkshire Sculpture Park.