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Wedding Bells

It's the big day and you're invited: a multitude of marriages, caught on film since the 1910s.

From royal nuptials and lavish society weddings to more modest but no less joyful celebrations, this collection captures a century of wedding day jitters and excitement. Happy couples from all corners of the UK come together to cement their union, often filmed on precious family cine cameras – though it’s the guests who sometimes steal the limelight. While many of these films show centuries-old wedding day traditions and church ceremonies, no two are quite the same - one bride even swaps the white limo for a traction engine - and we glimpse marriages reflecting Britain’s multicultural mix.

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Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
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Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten

19471 mins

Royal nuptials at Westminster Abbey, attended by the great and good including King George VI and Winston Churchill

Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow
Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow
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Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow

Amateur film19824 mins Location: Harrow

Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.

The Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding
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The Royal Wedding

Non-Fiction19235 mins

The wedding of Queen Elizabeth II's future parents, as later incarnated by Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in 'The King's Speech'.

Princess Mary Wedded to Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey
Princess Mary Wedded to Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey
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Princess Mary Wedded to Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey

Non-Fiction19228 mins

Newsreel of the lavish royal marriage, which was probably the biggest British newsreel story of the decade.

Nigerian Wedding in Cornwall
Nigerian Wedding in Cornwall
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Nigerian Wedding in Cornwall

News19641 mins Location: Pool

Dressing to please as the happy couple switch wedding dress for national dress.

Princess Mary's Thought
Princess Mary's Thought
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Princess Mary's Thought

Non-Fiction19221 mins

The sartorial build up to the lavish nuptials of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in 1922.

Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - I
Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - I
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Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - I

Home movie196039 mins Location: Butetown

Tiger Bay in Cardiff's docks area: a successful, multi-cultural community, providing a variety of activities, but which is threatened by 'slum' clearance.

Here Comes the Bride
Here Comes the Bride
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Here Comes the Bride

Amateur film194816 mins Location: Hebburn

A wonderfully sophisticated take on the wedding film crafted by a Tyneside musician for his brother and a stylish bride.

The Best Man
The Best Man
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The Best Man

Drama198683 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry

The bar flies prepare for the big day with betting, boozing and banter. But will best man Billy break more than his ma’s heart before the wedding?

Sikh Wedding in Exeter
Sikh Wedding in Exeter
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Sikh Wedding in Exeter

News19711 mins Location: Exeter

A Sikh couple celebrates blissful union.

Wedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in Scotland
Wedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in Scotland
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Wedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in Scotland

Home movie19654 mins Location: Rhydlewis

A delightful duo perform on bottles and tubs in Taliesin between shots of a wedding near Rhydlewis and a sale of Welsh Black cattle in Scotland.

Marriage of Miss Rose Carmel and Mr. Solly Gerschcowit
Marriage of Miss Rose Carmel and Mr. Solly Gerschcowit
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Marriage of Miss Rose Carmel and Mr. Solly Gerschcowit

Non-Fiction19253 mins Location: Spitalfields

Follow the happy couple from the family shop on Brick Lane to a garden party serenaded by the San Diego Dance Band

Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967
Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967
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Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967

Amateur film19677 mins Location: Canterbury

Cricket takes a back seat in this film from 1967 which concentrates more on the spectators, their fashions and colourful examples of millinery

Marriage of Miss Rossalyn Weinbaum to Mr A. Goide
Marriage of Miss Rossalyn Weinbaum to Mr A. Goide
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Marriage of Miss Rossalyn Weinbaum to Mr A. Goide

19236 mins Location: London

Guests step out in smart hats and sumptuous furs for a Jewish wedding at London’s Central Synagogue

Arranged Marriage
Arranged Marriage
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Arranged Marriage

Magazine and Review show198313 mins Location: Birmingham

It's not only a big day for Zubair Khan and his sixteen year old bride Saeeda. It's also brings together two families.

A Traction Wedding
A Traction Wedding
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A Traction Wedding

News19771 mins Location: Netherbury

A steam traction engine provides the transport for the special day

Stepney Wedding
Stepney Wedding
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Stepney Wedding

Non-Fiction191110 mins Location: Llanelli

60-year-old Sir Edward Stafford Howard takes 30-year-old Lady Catherine Meriel Cowell Stepney to be his second wife in Llanelli.

Lynne's Wedding
Lynne's Wedding
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Lynne's Wedding

Home movie19809 mins Location: Leeds

Eating, dancing in the front room, playing football in the garden, walking around Whitby, a birthday party, a wedding – just being common people, only with a Jewish twist.

A Spring Wedding - the 11th of March 1963
A Spring Wedding - the 11th of March 1963
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A Spring Wedding - the 11th of March 1963

Amateur film196310 mins Location: Pontypridd

Bedding, table lamps, coffee set, lighter, toaster … gifts that will set up Patricia Morgan and Kenneth Haynes for married life after their wedding at St Mary’s Church, Glyntaf.

Society Wedding in Wales
Society Wedding in Wales
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Society Wedding in Wales

Non-Fiction19219 mins Location: Llangynog

Nesta Donne Philipps (aged 17) takes the Hon. George William Reginald Victor Coventry (aged 21) to be her lawful wedded husband at St Peter’s Church, Carmarthen on 17/9/1921.

Asquith Wedding
Asquith Wedding
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Asquith Wedding

Non-Fiction19151 mins Location: Westminster

Violet Asquith, daughter of the Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, arrives at church to marry Maurice Bonham Carter.

The Green-Maughan Wedding
The Green-Maughan Wedding
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The Green-Maughan Wedding

Amateur film19598 mins Location: Jarrow

A glimpse of happiness in the 1950s at a Jarrow wedding beside the ruins of a Benedictine monastery.

Family wedding in Felixstowe
Family wedding in Felixstowe
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Family wedding in Felixstowe

Amateur film19342 mins Location: Old Felixstowe

Having an architect for a father came in handy on Beris Wrinch's wedding day. A special bridge was designed so the wedding party could reach the marquee in style.

Gwennap Pit Wedding
Gwennap Pit Wedding
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Gwennap Pit Wedding

News19651 mins Location: Gwennap Pit

Kynsa demmedhyans ena Gwennap Pit

Wedding at Keighley
Wedding at Keighley
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Wedding at Keighley

Home movie193913 mins Location: Keighley

Nobody would guess, watching the celebrations for this happy couple of newlyweds, that within a month Britain would be engaged in a world war.

Eileen's Wedding 31st October 1955; John's wedding 31st March 1956
Eileen's Wedding 31st October 1955; John's wedding 31st March 1956
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Eileen's Wedding 31st October 1955; John's wedding 31st March 1956

Home movie195513 mins Location: Brent

Great period footage of two suburban London weddings in these family films from the 1950.

Vanda and Tim's Wedding
Vanda and Tim's Wedding
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Vanda and Tim's Wedding

Home movie196623 mins Location: Gabalfa

The camera records the day that Vanda Jenkins, daughter of Cardiff hairdresser Chris Jenkins, goes from being a ‘Miss’ to a ‘Mrs’ as she marries her beau Timothy Cronin.

Lomas Wedding
Lomas Wedding
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Lomas Wedding

Home movie19322 mins Location: Thirsk

The gentle folk of Thirsk crowd around in their new hats and finery to glimpse the newlyweds as they emerge in splendid procession from St Oswald’s Church.

Turner: Easter Monday Wedding 1934
Turner: Easter Monday Wedding 1934
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Turner: Easter Monday Wedding 1934

Amateur film19347 mins Location: Arnold

Crowds gather at a Nottingham church to see the bride and groom on their happiest day.

Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again
Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again
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Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again

Non-Fiction19623 mins Location: Mousehole

The beginnings of a wedding videography industry as this home movie maker shoots to fill.

Richard Brookes Collection: Wedding, Ilford
Richard Brookes Collection: Wedding, Ilford
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Richard Brookes Collection: Wedding, Ilford

Amateur film19733 mins Location: Ilford

Speeches, toasts and kippahs in this Super 8 home movie of Richard and Lyn Brookes’s wedding, held at Beehive Lane Synagogue in Ilford.

Wedding Bells at Houghton-le-Spring
Wedding Bells at Houghton-le-Spring
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Wedding Bells at Houghton-le-Spring

Non-Fiction192617 mins Location: Houghton-Le-Spring

For richer for poorer - curious crowds mob three local celebrity weddings in Houghton-le-Spring in the 1920s.

Wedding of Miss Carrie Alexander, Faversham 1913
Wedding of Miss Carrie Alexander, Faversham 1913
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Wedding of Miss Carrie Alexander, Faversham 1913

Non-Fiction19134 mins Location: Faversham

The mayor's daughter gets hitched in style in the Kent market town.

“Let’s Dream” Introducing Clarkson-Richardson Wedding
“Let’s Dream” Introducing Clarkson-Richardson Wedding
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“Let’s Dream” Introducing Clarkson-Richardson Wedding

Amateur film19499 mins Location: Jarrow

A beautiful memento of a post-war wedding in Jarrow on South Tyneside.

The Wedding, the Beekeeper, the Pigs and the Broads
The Wedding, the Beekeeper, the Pigs and the Broads
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The Wedding, the Beekeeper, the Pigs and the Broads

Home movie193310 mins Location: Pendine Sands

Brayshays in Laugharne, Buckleys at Llangynin, 'Voyager' on the Thames, 'Seafarer' on Pendine Sands and 'Herzogin Cecilie' on the rocks.

The Wedding of Kathleen and Idris
The Wedding of Kathleen and Idris
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The Wedding of Kathleen and Idris

Amateur film195510 mins Location: Llanarmon-yn-Ial

Beautiful but unusual wedding film in that a pig makes a brief and unexpected appearance, and the bridesmaids appear to be going off on honeymoon with the bride and groom.

The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
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The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott

Amateur film195614 mins Location: Pinner

Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.

Seaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's Wedding
Seaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's Wedding
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Seaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's Wedding

Amateur film19307 mins

Leslie Goulden's amusing home movie combines beach-time fun with what could be courting couples and the wedding of Jim and Monica

Boulter Family Films: Bridesmaids In Pink, Stratford (1963)
Boulter Family Films: Bridesmaids In Pink, Stratford (1963)
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Boulter Family Films: Bridesmaids In Pink, Stratford (1963)

Amateur film19632 mins Location: Stratford

Shocking pink outfits, impressive cake and a gargantuan veil feature in this brief home move shot at this wedding somewhere in East London

Cornish Wedding
Cornish Wedding
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Cornish Wedding

News19645 mins Location: Cornwall

Bride and Groom celebrate their big day in Cornish 

Wedding at the Grand in Plymouth
Wedding at the Grand in Plymouth
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Wedding at the Grand in Plymouth

Non-Fiction19401 mins Location: Plymouth

A joyous occasion of marrying a man in uniform as rare moving images are taken in Plymouth.

Psyche's Wedding
Psyche's Wedding
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Psyche's Wedding

Non-Fiction192010 mins Location: Devon

Bright young things thereto plight troth in a society wedding.

The Wedding of Billy and Joyce 25 March 1950
The Wedding of Billy and Joyce 25 March 1950
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The Wedding of Billy and Joyce 25 March 1950

Home movie19509 mins Location: Lancaster

Congratulations to the happy couple! A lovely record of a special day in Lancaster.

Wedding of G.A. Cheetham and Miss E.M. Lawson
Wedding of G.A. Cheetham and Miss E.M. Lawson
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Wedding of G.A. Cheetham and Miss E.M. Lawson

Non-Fiction19134 mins Location: Rhyl

22/9/1913 was the Big Day for Gustavus A Cheetham and Edith Maude Lawson of Rhyl. Gus worked for his father, film/cinema pioneer and entrepreneur Arthur Cheetham.

The Wedding of Thelma and Danny, 11th August 1946
The Wedding of Thelma and Danny, 11th August 1946
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The Wedding of Thelma and Danny, 11th August 1946

Home movie194610 mins Location: Cheetham Hill

Camera, action! A very stylish wedding is captured on film.

Five Weddings - Cardiff and area
Five Weddings - Cardiff and area
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Five Weddings - Cardiff and area

Amateur film194020 mins Location: Llandaff

5 gold rings, 4 sunny days, 3 long white dresses, 2 kilts and uniforms and a ceremony in Llandaff Cathedral.

Wedding of Dick Catchpole to Angela Scholey
Wedding of Dick Catchpole to Angela Scholey
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Wedding of Dick Catchpole to Angela Scholey

Amateur film19546 mins Location: Old Fletton

Following a chance meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, Dick Catchpole weds his bride Angela in a wonderful summer wedding.

A Momento of your Wonderfull Day
A Momento of your Wonderfull Day
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A Momento of your Wonderfull Day

Amateur film196810 mins Location: Aberystwyth

The groom, Robin Varley, waiting on the steps of the Tabernacle Chapel, in Powell Street, Aberystwyth, on 19/10/1968, looks at his watch. Where is she, his bride, Beryl Jones?

Wedding of Mr. W.A.V. James to Miss Constance Joy Thomas at St. Margaret's Church, Cardiff, September 11th, 1923
Wedding of Mr. W.A.V. James to Miss Constance Joy Thomas at St. Margaret's Church, Cardiff, September 11th, 1923
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Wedding of Mr. W.A.V. James to Miss Constance Joy Thomas at St. Margaret's Church, Cardiff, September 11th, 1923

Non-Fiction19234 mins Location: Roath

William Albert Victor James and Constance Joy Thomas, both from families involved in The Splott (Cardiff) Cinema Co. Limited, tie the knot at St Margaret's Church in Roath.

1978 Elizabeth & David
1978 Elizabeth & David
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1978 Elizabeth & David

Amateur film19782 mins Location: Radlett

Tin cans, streamers and a VW Beetle make for a wedding with a distinctly 70s flavour.

War Time Weddings
War Time Weddings
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War Time Weddings

Non-Fiction19151 mins Location: Westminster

The daughter of famed actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree gets hitched to a military Captain during WWI.

Dulais Valley - carnivals, wedding, playground, swimming, majorettes
Dulais Valley - carnivals, wedding, playground, swimming, majorettes
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Dulais Valley - carnivals, wedding, playground, swimming, majorettes

Home movie196536 mins Location: Dulais Valley/Cwm Dulais

Master baker John Dillwyn Williams, owner of Duffryn Bakery, Onllwyn, turns his hand to film-making and captures community events in glorious colour.

In the High Court of Happiness
In the High Court of Happiness
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In the High Court of Happiness

Non-Fiction19272 mins Location: Ilford

Marital bliss is put to the test in this ancient Essex 'calendar custom'.

Village life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation Celebrations
Village life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation Celebrations
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Village life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation Celebrations

Amateur film193712 mins

Minstead's ladies enjoy a cricket match on the village green in this charming film that also features two weddings, a holiday and a giant crab

Herman wedding
Herman wedding
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Herman wedding

Home movie19542 mins

Happy moments are shared by beautifully-dressed, as yet unknown wedding participants who pose for photographs after the marriage ceremony on the steps of the venue.

Watts Family Films: Daisy And Graham’s Wedding, Balham and Streatham (1966)
Watts Family Films: Daisy And Graham’s Wedding, Balham and Streatham (1966)
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Watts Family Films: Daisy And Graham’s Wedding, Balham and Streatham (1966)

Home movie196625 mins Location: Balham

Footage of a 60s wedding in south London followed by the honeymoon on the beach in Barbados.

Weddings and Holidays
Weddings and Holidays
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Weddings and Holidays

Amateur film195512 mins Location: Devon

There are blizzards of confetti in this wedding montage which also features holidays in the West Country and the Empress Queen

Weddings - Cathedral Road Synagogue, Cardiff
Weddings - Cathedral Road Synagogue, Cardiff
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Weddings - Cathedral Road Synagogue, Cardiff

Amateur film19389 mins Location: Cathays

Summer 1938 must have been an exciting time for Marie Cohen and Nettie Morris as they planned their weddings at the synagogue on 25/8 and 6/9, and receptions at the Connaught Rooms.

Colonial Wedding
Colonial Wedding
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Colonial Wedding

Amateur film19302 mins Location: Shanghai

Cloche-hatted wedding guests, armed with confetti, lie in wait for the newly weds as they exit from a Shanghai church while their limousine gets the treatment.

Wedding at Christ Church, Eaton, Norwich
Wedding at Christ Church, Eaton, Norwich
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Wedding at Christ Church, Eaton, Norwich

Non-Fiction193312 mins Location: Eaton

It?s Saturday 17th June 1933 and Norwich society were out in force for the wedding of Mr. William H. B. Sanders and Miss Kathleen May Vincent at Christ Church Eaton.

Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Devon (1957)
Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Devon (1957)
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Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Devon (1957)

Amateur film19577 mins Location: Becontree

There’s all the elements of a great wedding – hats, ribald graffiti, confetti, awkward relatives – in this short home movie of a wedding in Exeter from 1957.

Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s)
Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s)
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Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s)

Amateur film19603 mins Location: Becontree

Flower girls, kisses and 60s fashions as a couple go up the aisle in this home move of a family wedding in the 1960s.

Boulter Family Films: Page Boy And Wedding, Becontree and Ilford (1964)
Boulter Family Films: Page Boy And Wedding, Becontree and Ilford (1964)
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Boulter Family Films: Page Boy And Wedding, Becontree and Ilford (1964)

Amateur film19646 mins Location: Ilford

A windswept veil, pre-wedding drinks and Ilford high street feature in this short wedding film from East London in 1964.

Priodas - Alun a Gaynor Hopkin
Priodas - Alun a Gaynor Hopkin
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Priodas - Alun a Gaynor Hopkin

Home movie19532 mins Location: Pontardawe

The Big Day for Alun Hopkin of Godre’r-graig and Gaynor Griffiths of Pontardawe. As was common in the 1950s, they leave for their honeymoon by train, waved off from Neath Station.

Saga of Valerie Jean Douglas
Saga of Valerie Jean Douglas
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Saga of Valerie Jean Douglas

Home movie194950 mins

An epic tale of one girl's life from the ages of one to 22, lovingly filmed by her dad.

Romsey Gazette
Romsey Gazette
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Romsey Gazette

Amateur film193112 mins Location: Romsey

Social and civic events in Romsey are recorded in this film from the early 1930s - with fascinating views of the town centre as well as a car crash and a devastating house-fire.

Primeminister at Bath
Primeminister at Bath
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Primeminister at Bath

Non-Fiction19171 mins Location: Bath

Wartime wedding bells for Richard Lloyd George, son of the PM, at Bath Abbey.

I Saw This, November 1940
I Saw This, November 1940
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I Saw This, November 1940

Home movie194017 mins Location: Swallownest

An enigmatic pot-pourri of a film of a village in wartime. Although life appears here as normal, an inauspicious motif seems to lurk within the avant-garde cinematic style.