National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Blodwen - one of the last of the few
Recorded for posterity: the partnership between Mr Herbert Bellis and Blodwen the Beautiful, one of the last steam rollers in operation.
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Herbert Bellis and his fellow Flintshire County Council employees are fuelled for their work on the roads by tea and sandwiches but the fair Blodwen requires something more substantial. Her lunch – a bag of coal - arrives by special delivery, in a FCC van, and it keeps her rolling smoothly on, driven and maintained in all her steam-powered complexity by Bellis.