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Celebrating a Centenary of Cricket in Southampton
A centenary of cricket at Hampshire's County Ground is celebrated - with Australia topping the bill
Amateur film 1985 13 mins Silent
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Peter Tilbury's unique film celebrates a century of cricket at Hampshire's County Ground in Southampton, with a special match between the home team and Australia. The day starts with the arrival of the Lords Taverners, featuring Patrick Moore amongst others. Rain delays play so the Australian team while away the time by playing rugby. We later see them practising and exercising before the match begins. Play commences but it's not too long before the rain returns.
Hampshire would continue to play at the County Ground until 2001 when the club moved to a new purpose built stadium, called the Rose Bowl.
Cricket on Film
Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets
Sport 1897 2 mins Silent
Probably the first ever cricket film: Indian cricketing royalty prepares for the first test between England and Australia at Sydney.
Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket
Sport 1976 5 mins Location: Hemel Hempstead
Women cricketers are just as tough as the men, and no, despite rumours, they don’t wear coconut shells to protect themselves during matchplay!
New Cricket Headguard
Sport 1971 3 mins Location: Chelmsford
Lancashire and England cricketer David “Bumble” Lloyd is far from 'bowled over' by the idea of the introduction of a new headguard. Anglia TV.
Cricket on Test
Sport 1965 9 mins Location: Nettlebed
From village green to Lord's: the late, great Richie Benaud narrates a guide to the state of cricket in England.
Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
News 1972 3 mins Location: Northampton
Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.
News 1974 5 mins Location: Worcester
A master craftsman in willow: Duncan Fearnley explains the intricacies of making his championship winning cricket bats.
W J Yarwood & Sons Ltd of Northwich
Amateur film 1934 6 mins Silent Location: Northwich
Shipbuilding on the River Weaver in Cheshire.
The Inaugural Ball at Southampton's Civic Centre
Amateur film 1937 3 mins Silent Location: Southampton
Men in tails and ladies in tulle elegantly glide around the dance floor in this 1934 film about an inaugural ball at Southampton's new Guildhall
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Silent Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete
Tram Journey through Southampton
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent Location: Southampton
A moving tour through lively turn-of-the-century Southampton.
Cunarders at Southampton
Documentary 1951 9 mins Location: Southampton
Graceful Cunard liners Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary arrive in Southampton and are greeted by excited crowds.
Trial by Weather
Documentary 1948 21 mins Location: Fenlands, The
Farmers face off against elemental forces in a peace-time campaign
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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