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Did You See Our "Jalopy" in Chichester?

An unusual film which accidentally captured scenes of Chichester before traffic was banished from the city centre.

Promotional 1953 6 mins Silent

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This fascinating film captures 1950s Chichester from an unusual perspective. The centre of the action is an open-topped car filled with actors promoting 'Hiawatha', a forthcoming feature film at the Granada cinema. However, while driving around the city, we can see streets filled with traffic; cars, buses, bicycles and shoppers. We also get views of shops and other amenities, including several garages and a quick glimpse of the rival Gaumont cinema at Eastgate.