A film made by Roger Hateley, this film documents the entire process of making a wooden horse cart, beginning with the wheels, to the finished article. The carriage is to be used for the annual Hayride, one of the largest processions of horse-drawn vehicles in England.
This is a promotional film made by the tractor and plough manufacturers John Fowler of Hunslett, Leeds. It shows the construction and use of the Challenger range of tractors.
.Made by members of the Harrogate Cine Club, this film documents the events which took place during the Great Yorkshire Show. The film includes footage of much of the livestock which is entered into competitions during this annual agricultural show.
This film, made by amateur filmmaker Fred Brackenbury, is part of the Nowell collection and contains footage of the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate in 1954. There is lots of footage of the animal judging competitions and show jumping, as well as the stalls and people who attend the show.
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 is one of a collection of promotional films made by the large crane manufacturers, Priestman Brothers of Hull. This film focuses on land drainage diggers.
This is a three part film tracing the path of wheat from field, through the process of milling and baking, and finally to the shop. The film was commissioned by Harry Burgess, the owner of Thornton Mill in Thornton le Dale. It also shows the Derwent hunt, a point to point race meet at Charm Park and Pickering Carnival. The second part shows the grain arriving at Hull docks and being taken to the mill where it is ground, and is used as animal feed for chickens at Spinks Farm in Easingwold. The third part shows the hatching of chicks, and animal feed being used for pigs and cattle. It also shows flour being delivered to shops around Middlesbrough, and baking, including at the Jacobs biscuit factory. Footage was shot between 1947-1953.
This is a film made by Harry Burgess, the owner of Thornton Mill in Thornton le Dale. It shows scenes around Middlesbrough, baking and a York City football match at Bootham Crescent.
This is a documentary sponsored by ICI explaining the importance of, and methods for, good soil management for agriculture. The film is narrated by Richard Baker (unaccredited).
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 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.
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.
Original film of the edition of the Tyne Tees Television series Treasure in Store in which presenter Alec Taylor is given a guided tour of Beamish Open Air Museum by its founder and director Frank Atkinson. Taylor guides us around the furnished cottages and shops, transport and farm exhibits, the rebuilding of a colliery, and Rowley railway station that form this industrial and social history museum.The programme was broadcast on 16 March 1976. Beamish Museum opened in 1972 in County Durham, and was the first open-air museum of its type in the country, modeled on a Scandinavian museum.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film & Video Productions for Camerons Brewery looks at the process of producing beer at one of the North East’s most famous breweries. The film features broadcaster and botanist David Bellamy who takes the views through the processes and finishes with him enjoying a pint of Cameron’s beer at the Spotted Cow public house at Elswick, near Hartlepool.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
Amateur film produced as a background film for the teaching of geography. It looks at the development of Middlesbrough following the discovery of ironstone in the Eston Hills, near Middlesbrough.
An amateur film produced by Derek Mathieson between 1979 and 1980 about the restored Crakehall Water Corn Mill in the village of Crakehall, North Yorkshire. The film includes an interview with Colonel Whitaker Holmes who has restored the derelict mill to full working order. He is also filmed inside the mill grinding the corn using the power of the Crakehall Beck.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall that focuses on a traction engine rally, possibly the Masham Steam Rally in North Yorkshire. As well as footage of the many engines no display, both full sized and models, the film records other activities taking place around the site including children enjoying the many fairground rides and a hot air balloon in the shape of a beer bottle flying through the sky. As well as steam power, including a steam powered thresher, the film also includes footage of a vintage car rally travelling along a winding road and traditional farming taking place near Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in East Yorkshire where a team of horses plough, harrow and roller a field.
An amateur film produced and narrated by David Williams comparing the postage stamps of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho with their real-life locations visited on a trip to the country in 1972 by special invitation of King Moshoeshoe II. The film begins at the border with South Africa followed by views of the capital city Maseru including the Lesotho Royal Palace where the king is filmed being mobbed by his people. The film includes a number of excursions to visits some of the countries well known attractions including the prehistoric dinosaur tracks in the western parts of the country, the cave paintings at Ha Barona and a special excision by aircraft to see the Maletsunyane Falls. As well as a commentary, the film also features a musical track sung in the local dialect.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of tree felling at Monk Wood near Whitfield in Northumberland and transportation to the filmmaker's sawmill in Hexham. Features footage of operations at J.M. Jackson's Bridge End Sawmill in Hexham and lumberjacks taking part in a number of woodcutting competitions at the Northumberland County Show, Corbridge.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of a number of steam rallies taking place at Nafferton in Northumberland between 1973 and 1975. As well as steam and petrol powered agricultural machinery in action, the film also captures horses ploughing the field. Large crowds wander the site looking at the various steam powered machines on display including a large circular saw as well as a threshing machine.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson that focuses on his friend John Dodds of Sillywrea Farm near Hexham in Northumberland. The film shows John and others using Clydesdale horses to work the land ploughing, cultivating and harrowing the earth. Horses are also filmed mowing grass in a meadow and moving logs in a wood. As well as footage of John Dodd, the film also include film of an agricultural show, most likely the Northumberland County Show at Corbridge. In these sections cattle are displayed on a show field and two men take part in Cumberland wrestling.