This is an idyllic film by Charles Chislett that captures four children holidaying with their families in the Yorkshire Dales. The filmmaker shows his son and daughter and two other little girls as they wander around and play in the many famous landmarks such as Buttertubs Pass, Aysgarth Falls and historic towns such as Richmond. The film also captures the process of making Wenslydale cheese. Intertitles are used throughout the film to identify the different areas that the families visit in the Yorkshire Dales. There are also extensive views of the surrounding countryside.
This is an amateur film of a family car tour of Nidderdale, showing some of the villages on the journey.
This film was made by an amateur filmmaker who was a farmer from Reighton, near Filey, North Yorkshire. The film captures village life from different times during the year and includes both snow scenes and footage taken at Scarborough and Flamborough.
Made by Betty and Cyril Ramsden, this film shows the village of Coxwold where a hunt takes place. The couple were semi-professional filmmakers filming both for pleasure and taking on commissions from companies such as the Yorkshire Evening Post.
A film made by local filmmaker Ernest Taylor just after the Second World War tracing a journey across Wensleydale.
The Lyke Wake Walk was started by a local farmer, Bill Cowley, in the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1955. He pointed out that one could walk 40 miles (64 km) over the high moors of north-east Yorkshire from east to west (or vice-versa) on heather all the way (except for crossing one or two roads). He issued a challenge that walkers took up with great enthusiasm, challenging them to walk it in less than 24 hours from Scarth Wood Moor, near Osmotherley at the western extremity of the moors, to Ravenscar on the coast.
This documentary focuses on the preservation efforts of the Yorkshire countryside made by Yorkshire Naturalists' Trust founded in 1946 and now known as Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The film outlines the problems that project developments of roads and buildings are destroying the surrounding countryside and its skyline. Information is given about preservation and the various nature reserves in Yorkshire that the public can visit and to which they can donate funds. Explanations of the different seasons, the wildlife and plant life found in those seasons, and the effect that building development has on the countryside are strong themes in this film.
Made by Mercury Movie Makers, this film documents a sports day and fete which take place in Arncliffe village in order to raise funds to put towards the rebuilding of the village hall. Arncliffe is a small village in North Yorkshire whose houses, cottages, and other buildings face in towards a large green, and outwards to green hillsides etched with limestone scars. The village was the original setting for the fictional village of Beckindale in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale Farm, from its inception in 1972 until the relocation to Esholt.
Made by members of the Harrogate Cine Club, this travelogue shows families enjoying many of the placesand historical sites around Wharfedale.
This film is part of the Nowell collection and captures scenes from the Great Yorkshire Shows in Harrogate in 1956 and 1957. There are shots of Sir William Prince Smith, 3rd Baronet of Hillbrook, presenting medals, the Princess Royal meeting the organisers of the show, as well as shots of the Canadian Mounties and Royal Artillery performing formations on their horses.
This film, made by Harrogate-based filmmaker Fred Brackenbury, is from the Nowell collection and contains a mixture of footage from a trip by the Brackenbury's to the country, a performance by Morris Dancers and the children on Goldsborough farm in Knaresborough.
This is a film from the Nowell collection showing the Nidderdale valley and river, and some of the towns and villages. The film focuses on people enjoying themselves outdoors and on various leisure pursuits.
This is a film made by a local man of a year in the life of his household and neighbours in the village of Acaster Malbis. The film features his house and the camping and caravan site which both back onto the River Ouse. There is also footage of the river flooding and his family at Christmas. Throughout the film, the filmmaker provides running commentary, usually in a humorous fashion.
This is a film from a collection of home movies made by Jack Johnson of Pontefract. It shows Jack and his wife visiting various places in Yorkshire as well as includes an Armistice Day parade Pontefract.
This is a documentary on a farming family in Eskdale, part of the Yorkshire Television series Once In A Lifetime, originally broadcast on 3rd April, 1973. It shows the daily life of the Raw family – John and his wife Dot, and their three daughters and two sons – on their fifty acre farm in Fryup Dale, North Yorkshire. The main story is of the children’s wish to have a pony, but there is also tension between mum and eldest daughter, emerging from adolescence.
Made by amateur filmmaker Ken Leckenby, this short travelogue offers a look at some of Yorkshire’s most scenic countryside and towns, including Knaresborough and Kilburn, along with exploration of the curious myths and legends associated with them.
This short film by Eric Hall takes a look round the CLA (Country Landowners’ Association) Game Fair held at Raby Castle, County Durham, in 1972. Along with various stalls offering equipment for country pursuits, there are demonstrations of clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery and falconry.
This short film shows a day at a trotting race. A jovially narrated commentary explains the history and practice of racing horses with sulkies, the single-seater carts seen in the film.