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Buxton Skyline
Buxton Skyline

Buxton Skyline 1901


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Buxton Skyline 1901

2 mins United Kingdom

The imposing sight of Buxton's Georgian Crescent and the 18th century Devonshire Dome behind it is as familiar to locals today as it would have been to this film's Edwardian audience. Commissioned from travelling filmmakers Mitchell and Kenyon by exhibitor Mr Tweedale, the film was shown in February 1901 in the Pavilion theatre, part of the then unfinished Buxton Opera House.

For Buxton Skyline, Mitchell and Kenyon made a relatively rare departure from their more typical scenes of bustling crowds. The long, slow panning shot is unusually ambitious for this early period in film's history, and it's not surprising that keeping the camera steady proved a challenge too far given the technology available.


Travelogue Non-Fiction


Residential areas Town planning Architecture Landscape Buxton


Street Life




United Kingdom



Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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