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The Town Crier
The Town Crier

The Town Crier 1916


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The Town Crier 1916

United Kingdom

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Devizes' town crier proclaims the latest news. Alas, we can only speculate on the subject of his address in this tantalisingly brief fragment of silent film. The film is missing its opening title, and would surely once have been far longer than these few seconds. But at least the shop sign for 'Simpson & Son Country Tea Warehouse' hanging behind the crier allows us to identify the town as Devizes in Wiltshire.


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Town criers


1916 on Film




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