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Floods at Rhyl, October 1918
Having survived the menace of the First World War, Rhyl is assaulted by the watery forces of nature
Non-Fiction 1918 2 mins Silent
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It may be still wartime, but it seems that rough weather never loses its capacity to excite, as the wave-dodging duo demonstrate on Rhyl seafront. However, the broken railings and the shattered sea wall could be seen seen as a metaphor for a fractured world. Two cars plough down a sodden road, whilst on submerged land a rowing boat is the only means of transport for two forlorn, hatted figures.
Derek Shannon, who shot this film, took over Rhyl's Market Street cinema from Arthur Cheetham in May 1919 (introducing a resident orchestra among other innovations), and with the Shannon Film Company produced local topicals in the Rhyl area, covering events such as the Flying Week, Lifeboat Day and May Day celebrations.
1918 on Film
Topical Budget 378-1
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Royal Albert Hall
Topical Budget salutes Britain's top brass in this gleefully patriotic newsreel edition, released just weeks after the First World War was won.
Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Barnstaple's experimental concrete-hulled ship gets a visit from a jolly Italian admiral.
Sport 1918 0 mins Silent Location: Southend-on-Sea
Women munitions workers from the Kynoch and Vickers Maxim factories take to the pitch in Southend during WWI.
The Premier at Neath
Non-Fiction 1918 4 mins Silent Location: Neath/Castell-Nedd
The sun shines down when PM Lloyd George is in town.
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Silent Location: Hillingdon
A war shrine is unveiled in Hillingdon by one of Britain’s leading wartime politicians
Swan Upping on the Thames
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Silent Location: River Thames
The tricky task of tracking London's swans.
Children on Beach 1898
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
Seaside play at Rhyl - charmingly filmed by Wales' first filmmaker
Hwn Yw Fy Nyffryn I
Amateur film 1954 21 mins Location: Moel Famau
Hwn yw fy nyffryn I - This is my valley: proud inhabitants of Dyffryn Clwyd illustrate its bounty and its ancient and religious buildings.
Welsh Model Village Rhyl
Advert 1972 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Diminutive Denbighshire ‘des reses’ - the Land of Song scaled-down, slate-roofed and spotless
Seal Ashore at Foryd, Rhyl
Non-Fiction 1920 1 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
A good deal for a stranded seal - fishy handout for Rhyl’s sleek and adorable visitor
Christmas Day Sports at Rhyl, 1920
Non-Fiction 1920 2 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
Happy festive hockey - just what the doctor ordered for seasonal over-indulgence?
S.S.Pusey Jones No.2 Ashore at Rhyl
Non-Fiction 1920 0 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
Rhyl’s beached ship isn’t going anywhere, as the forces of nature trap the S.S. Pusey Jones No.2 on the sands
Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent
Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras
Pall Mall and Hyde Park Corner
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: London
Capital scenes thanks to Victorian filmmakers
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Prince Edward)
1897 0 mins
Jubilee Procession: Leeds
Non-Fiction 1897 3 mins
Dogs in the Surf
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Victorian pooches at play
Royal Leinster Regiment Halifax
1900 1 mins Silent
A brisk drill on a cold winter's day
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