The Kiplingcotes Derby is famous for being the oldest surviving equestrian event in Britain, dating back to 1519. It takes place on the third Thursday in March. This is one of seven short films showing the Kiplingcotes races in East Riding in the 1950s filmed by Norman Stephenson who lived at Arras Farm. The film documents the race from a position near to the finishing line.
Made by Yorkshire Television, this is one of a series of programmes featuring Michael Clegg as he visits interesting places and people of Yorkshire. The series ran from the 1980s into the 1990s. In this programme, Clegg visits York Livestock Centre at Murton on market day where he speaks to the farmers and auctioneers.
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.
Jack Wood, a blacksmith working near Bolton Abbey, is the subject of this short film looking at the manufacture of branding irons, or ‘horn burns’. The film also shows Bolton Abbey and some of the surrounding countryside
Magazine film featuring short travelogues about the Lake District, Oxford, Blackpool, Edinburgh and London. A commentary offers anecdotes about the various trips and illuminating information about the places visited.
Holiday travelogue by Yorkshire filmmaker Eric Hall, exploring the delights of the Côte d’Argent region of southwest France. This film takes a look at the production of pine resin in the forests of the area, as well as visiting some key landmarks of the city of Bordeaux.
Holiday travelogue of a journey to the Côte d’Azur and Alps region of southwest France, with enchanting views of mountains and lavender fields.
This holiday film by Eric Hall travels through sunny Portugal, visiting beaches, religious monuments, markets and small towns, observing Portuguese daily life as it goes.
This is part of a collection of films made by butcher and amateur filmmaker Henry Foster of Acomb. The film shows the old cattle, or livestock, market located near where the York Barbican is today. It also shows members of the York Butcher’s Association, the National Federation of Meat Trades Associations annual conference at Harrogate, and Remembrance Day in Harrogate.
This is a film made by Doug and Norah Brear, of Wakefield Cine Club. It features the couple making a bird box and observing the behaviour of the blue tits that nest in it. The film is narrated by their young daughter.
This is a documentary made by Yorkshire Television, part of the Northern Line series, about the Camphill community in the village of Botton, in the North York Moors. The village is unique in its catering for people with learning difficulties. The programme presents the history and philosophy of the community, based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, and shows the work and activities of those with learning difficulties and the co-workers, with interviews from both groups.
Michael Clegg provides the natural history of Windy Hill in the Pennines and visits Stott Hall Farm, 1100 feet up, situated between the two sets of carriageways on the M62. He talks to the farmer Ken Wilde and his wife Beth about what it is like to live there, and the sheep farming they do.
This 1981 dramatization of the autobiography of Fred Kitchen focuses on his first year as a farm labourer aged 13, in 1904. The drama paints a vivid portrait of life as a farm labourer and as a navvy on the railway at the turn of the century. Fred has an extremely harsh time at the hands of his widow employer, but soon becomes capable in his farming tasks, finding comfort with the shire horses he looks after. At the end of the year he has matured enough to bargain a wage at the Hire Fair. The Yorkshire Television programme was adapted for TV by Stephen Wakelam.
Made by Eddie Percy of Settle, this is a film of an agricultural show, the opening of a new bus shelter in Giggleswick, and a day out in Rhyl.
This is a Yorkshire television documentary about the Sunley family, Joe, Connie and daughter Mary, who breed Cleveland Bay horses and run a farm without electricity near Whitby. The film focuses on Mary and her difficulties in marrying and leaving with her fiancée Jim. The programme was originally transmitted on 14th May, 1974.
This is a film from the collection of Stanley Carr, who lived at Poplar Farm, East Heslerton, near Malton, with his wife Enid and daughter Janet. This has been filmed over several years, including film on the farm, film in Sherburn, with what looks like visiting care nurses, tobogganing in the snow and a holiday in Scotland.
This is the first of three films taken by John Spencer while he was working at Wrathmire Farm. The farm was run by the Chapman family, and the film shows life on the farm in Upper Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales. This film also includes an agricultural show and livestock auctions.
This is the third of three films taken by John Spencer while he was working at Wrathmire Farm. The farm was run by the Chapman family, and the film shows life on the farm in Upper Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales. This one shows conditions on the farm during the severe winter of 1962.
This short film features a summer’s day out at Rievaulx Abbey in Helmsley, North Yorkshire.
William Tegetmeier was the only traditional thatcher left in Yorkshire, in fact the only the only working Thatcher between Humberside and the Scottish borders. Tegetmeire talks about his craft and the traditional methods he uses as he works on repairing a roof in the village of Pockley, near Helmsley in the North Yorkshire Moors.
Michael Clegg visits the Lower Don Valley and meets Geoff Cartwright and Keith Clarkson who are both involved in the conservation and revitalisation of this area of Sheffield. The Lower Don Valley is full of derelict ex-industrial sites and mills, but Sheffield has a plan to revitalise Blackburn Meadow, near Tinsley, on the remains of former medieval forests.
Michael Clegg follows the old packhorse trail from Cheshire, over the Pennines, to Rotherham in South Yorkshire. He is joined along his journey by David Hay who describes the milestones and other features still present on the trail and a restored forge on the River Don. Briefly stopping at the famous Pack Horse Inn, Clegg makes his way with the horse along the modern roads of the city of Rotherham.
Made by Ken Clough, this film was taken during the 106th Malton Agricultural show. It features livestock competitions and a motorcycle stunt show.
In the 1980s, Willerby Film Club made an 8mm film capturing the memories of three Wagoners: Billy Thompson, Horace Harrison and Jimmy Hodgson, who all recall signing up, mobilisation, and their experiences of the Mons Retreat during the First World War. At the onset of the war, the Wagoners were among the first men to be called up. They were not trained soldiers, but were highly skilled at driving horses and wagons, working on the estates of Sir Mark Sykes in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
A Tyne Tees Television production originally broadcast in 1973 and re-broadcast in 1980 as part of the About Britain series that looks at the North Yorkshire village of Botton, a Camphill Community for the mentally handicapped, which is celebrating its silver jubilee. The film intercuts interviews with both co-workers as well as parents of residents talking about what their children gain from being part of this community with views of the disabled at work in various farming, craft and therapeutic workshops.