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Lytham Trams and Views Along the Route (1903)
The inauguration of the Blackpool to Lytham tram route on 28 May 1903.
Non-Fiction 1903 11 mins Silent
This lengthy film (by Mitchell and Kenyon's standards) records the launch of a new local tram route. The Blackpool Herald attended a screening, noting, "A very complete cinematograph picture of the Lytham trams and the views along the route was shown at the Alhambra last night." Said another journalist, "In the distance, the roadway looks like Brooklyn Bridge, America. Just see how curious it is."
Six separate rolls of film are combined together here, including one that features no trams, which the filmmakers are likely to have included for its local interest and closeness to the tram route. The film was commissioned by the manager of the tram service, Mr Slattery.
On the Move
Panorama of the River Avon to Portishead (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 9 mins Silent Location: Portishead
A fine variety of views of the Avon gorge taken from various positions downstream from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Ride from Blarney to Cork on Cork & Muskerry Light Railway (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
Tranquil scenes of rural Edwardian Ireland, on a rail journey with views of Blarney Castle.
Rochdale Tram Ride (1905)
Non-Fiction 1905 5 mins Silent Location: Rochdale
Splendid views of Edwardian Rochdale from the front of a tram after a recent dusting of snow.
Cattle Market in Derry (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: Derry / Londonderry
Bustling scenes show Edwardian Derry-Londonderry before industrialisation took hold.
Phantom Ride through Southport (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 1 mins Silent Location: Southport
A headlong tram ride passing Southport's finest emporia.
Panorama of Queenstown Harbour (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
Edwardian images of County Cork's famous port, filmed from a bobbing boat.
Amateur film 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Come rain or shine, we're off to the seaside - a trip along the Fylde Coast in all kinds of weather.
Lytham Club Day Carnival (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 7 mins Silent Location: Lytham
The cancellation of Edward VII's coronation can't dull the Lancashire town's celebrations.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.