Edwardians at Leisure
A nation unwinds - but keeps its hat firmly on.
For millions of working Britons for much of the Victorian era, leisure time was a distant dream. But by the dawn of the 20th century wages had risen for most. An entire industry sprang up to serve workers with more time on their hands and money in their pockets. Film was a growing part of that industry. Mitchell and Kenyon were at home in a world of showmen, fetes and fairgrounds, where their films were often shown. Fairgrounds feature in several films, as do carnivals and processions, agricultural shows, seaside resorts and an assortment of wonderfully eccentric local customs, from egg rolling to well dressing. These enchanting films give a very selective account of the British at play - M&K favoured public events with large potential audiences for their screenings. They show that all classes relished their precious leisure as much as we do today - even if the average Edwardian's idea of relaxation was a little less laid back than ours. Digitisation of this collection was funded by The National Lottery.
Trip to Sunny Vale Gardens at Hipperholme (1901)
Non-Fiction19017 minsSilent Location: Hipperholme
Summertime laughs and larks at a West Yorkshire pleasure gardens.
Lady Godiva Procession in Coventry (1902)
Non-Fiction19029 minsSilent Location: Coventry
Crowds pay homage to the legendary naked rider during Coventry’s Edwardian coronation celebrations.
Sedgwick's Bioscope Showfront at Pendlebury Wakes (1901)
Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Pendlebury
Outside a fairground cinematograph in Edwardian Lancashire.
Panoramic View of the Morecambe Sea Front (1901)
Non-Fiction19017 minsSilent Location: Morecambe
Crystal-clear views of town, sands, sea, tourists and locals at the Lancashire resort.
Bootle May Day Demonstration and Crowning of the May Queen (1903)
Non-Fiction190318 minsSilent Location: Bootle
May Day revellers brave a wet and windy day in Edwardian Merseyside.
Parade on Morecambe Central Pier (1902)
Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent Location: Morecambe
A formal parade gives way to jollity on the pier in Edwardian Morecambe.
Bailey's Royal Buxton Punch and Judy Show in Halifax (1901)
Documentary19013 minsSilent Location: Halifax
Classic Victorian Punch and Judy show against a magnificent view of Halifax town.
Great Yorkshire Show at Leeds (1902)
Non-Fiction19027 minsSilent Location: Leeds
The well-dressed Edwardian ladies and gents of the county tour the annual agricultural show.
Tynemouth Swimming Gala in the Haven, North Shields (1901)
Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Tynemouth
Edwardian crowds enjoy a fancy-dress swimming race.
Douglas Harbour Paddle Steamer (1902)
Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent Location: Douglas
Welcoming crowds greet the arrival of a steamer to the Isle of Man, seen from a stunning perspective on deck.
Scenes at Chester on the River Dee (1901)
Non-Fiction19018 minsSilent Location: Chester
Messing about in boats on the River Dee - fine frocks and frolics at Chester Regatta.
Blackpool North Pier (1903)
Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent Location: North Pier
Edwardian holidaymakers throng to the attractions at Lancashire's premier seaside resort.
Blackpool Promenade Extension (1905)
Non-Fiction19052 minsSilent Location: South Pier
Edwardian holidaymakers stroll along the seafront as work continues on Blackpool's new promenade.
Parade on West End Pier Morecambe (1901)
Documentary19014 minsSilent Location: Morecambe
Edwardian visitors promenade in front of the camera on sea-side pier.
Blackburn Plant Growing Competition (1905)
Non-Fiction19054 minsSilent Location: Blackburn
Green-fingered Edwardian youngsters strike it lucky in Blackburn’s Corporation Park.
Scenes in Abington Park, Northampton (1902)
Non-Fiction19021 minsSilent Location: Northampton
A camera pan through the park reveals teaming crowds and changing fashions in Edwardian hatwear.
Sunday Promenade of Spectators in West Park, Hull (1902)
Non-Fiction19025 minsSilent Location: West Park
Kingston-upon-Hull residents take the air and feed the birds in their Sunday finery.
Crowd Entering St George's Hall, Bradford (1901)
Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Saint George's Hall
Bradford boys wait eagerly for the picture show at the famous St George's Hall.
Panorama of Cork Exhibition Grounds (1902)
An overview of the buildings and surrounding landscapes of this ambitious 'world's fair'.
Preparation of the Cork Exhibition Grounds and Erection of Buildings (1902)
A sneak preview of the attractions at the Cork International Exhibition some time before its May 1902 opening.
Arrival of VIPs for Official Opening of Cork Exhibition (1902)
Horse-drawn carriages deliver dignitaries to the Cork Exhibition.
Panoramic View of Southport Promenade (1902)
Non-Fiction19024 minsSilent Location: Southport
All aboard the charabanc for a trip along an Edwardian promenade.
Steamboats at Blackpool North Pier (1903)
Non-Fiction19038 minsSilent Location: North Pier
Edwardian holidaymakers on pleasure boats Deerhound and Greyhound as they ply the coast off Blackpool.
Views of the Trent Bridge Boulevard (1902)
Documentary19021 minsSilent Location: Nottingham
A sunny Edwardian summer's day, and the Nottingham boulevard is busy with promenaders.
New Brighton, Egremont and Seacombe Promenade (1904)
Non-Fiction19045 minsSilent Location: Seacombe
Sedate promenades and visiting dignitaries on Edwardian Merseyside.
Les Montagnes Russes, Blackpool's Latest Attraction (1902)
Non-Fiction19021 minsSilent Location: Blackpool
A sneak peak at Edwardian Blackpool's first rollercoaster.
Scenes by the Stone Jetty, Morecambe (1902)
Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent Location: Morecambe
Morecambe's splendid Central Pier features in this lively snapshot of crowds enjoying an Edwardian summer's day at the Lancashire resort.
Green's Racing Bantams at Preston Whit Fair (1906)
Non-Fiction19061 minsSilent Location: Preston
Excited crowds mill around a gorgeous Edwardian carousel where the horses are chickens.
Leeds Lifeboat Procession (1902)
Non-Fiction190210 minsSilent Location: Leeds
There's a grand turn-out in the streets of Leeds to support the Lifeboat fundraiser.
Leeds Lifeboat Procession and Sports at Roundhay Park (1902)
Non-Fiction190119 minsSilent Location: Leeds
Jolly japes and jumping in the lake - it's the water carnival in Leeds on Lifeboat Day.
Leeds Lifeboat Demonstration (1902)
Non-Fiction19028 minsSilent Location: Leeds
Some splendid floats - and two lifeboats - parade through the streets of Leeds to raise funds for the lifeboat service.