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Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.
News 1972 3 mins
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Anglia Television interview cobbler to the cricketing stars, Albert Whiting, whose Northampton shop sits just around the corner from the Wantage Road cricket ground. Whiting, a traditional shoemaker, shows us the drawn outline of cricketers' feet, the starting point for his custom-made boots. You could say, at the time, he was “The Cobblers” favourite cobbler! Although, Northamptonshire County are now known, of course, as the Steelbacks.
Whiting gained a reputation as a skilled cobbler, producing beautiful handmade customised cricket boots not only for Northamptonshire County players, but for cricketers all over the world. Albert Whiting retired in the mid-1970s and emigrated to Canada.
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.
News 1974 5 mins Location: Worcester
A master craftsman in willow: Duncan Fearnley explains the intricacies of making his championship winning cricket bats.
The Manufacture of Cricket Bats and Other Stories
Amateur film 1939 15 mins Silent
John P Howard's superb film shows how cricket bats are made as well as a variety of other stories like cutting records to Air Ministers at Hendon
Probe - Alf Morris announces the recalling of the Invacar
News 1976 12 mins Location: Northampton
Alf Morris, Minister for the Disabled explains why use of the Invacar is to be phased out, to the dismay of some disabled drivers.
Home movie 1932 3 mins Silent Location: Northampton
From bikes to biplanes: anything goes in Northampton's annual hospital fund-raiser.
Introduction to Northampton
Documentary 1963 17 mins Location: Northampton
Your employer is relocating to Northampton. Will this film convince you it's a good idea for you too?
News 1977 6 mins Location: Northampton
What happens when a career in professional sport comes to a dramatic end? Former cricketer Colin Milburn has decided to look for a job.
Repairing Track After Mustard Gas Attack
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Grand Union Canal
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
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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