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Caefelin Laundry, Llangollen
Nellie Boote's laundry in Market Street in operation, the women dashing away with all manner of smoothing irons as clothes are sorted, mended, washed, ironed and sorted again.
Home movie 1937 20 mins Silent
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Caefelin Laundry, Market Street, Llangollen: a busy, labour-intensive operation involving mainly women, although some men are seen filling/operating the washing machines in the 'wet' area, where workers wear heavy aprons and boots. The sorting and mending of clothing, and specialised ironing methods, are all recorded by the owners, builder Ernest Charles Jordan and his son, E C Jordan II. The laundry was run for them by Nellie Boote, who became the son's second wife.
Caefelin Laundry was previously owned by a brother of the famous footballer Billy Meredith who came from Chirk. The Jordans also owned and ran the White Rose Laundry in Newport and filmed both it and local events e.g. Newport Carnival. NB: It is possible that this film shows Caefelin Laundry footage (1940s/50s) sandwiched between White Rose Laundry footage from the 1930s as the load of pyjamas seen being removed from a machine are possibly from the Penley Polish Hospital at Wrexham which was opened at the end of WWII to cater for Polish ex-servicemen and their families who had settled in the area.
Textiles on Film
Documentary 1965 24 mins Location: Langley Mill
A mile of yarn and a million loops to make one stocking: the culmination of a four hundred year old craft.
News 1967 6 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Industry sponsored film 1971 23 mins Location: Greengates
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Promotional 1919 19 mins Silent Location: Bolton
From raw resource to finished product, by cleaning and spinning, weaving and bleaching - take a look at the textile industry from the inside.
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News 1977 2 mins Silent Location: Exmouth
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Promotional 1925 21 mins Silent Location: Werneth
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Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Llangollen
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Documentary 1960 19 mins Location: Llangollen
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Amateur film 1946 4 mins Silent Location: Chester
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Home movie 1946 17 mins Silent Location: Llangollen
Caesar Hughes, a clock-maker with shops in Chirk and Llangollen, keeps track of post-war times, recording local events on film e.g. agricultural shows, the River Dee in spate.
Amateur film 1966 8 mins Location: Brighouse
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Short documentary 2021 5 mins
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Drama 2018 7 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2015 5 mins
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Romance 2017 15 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 12 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2015 5 mins
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