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Mayor Entering His Carriage Near the Town Hall, Halifax (1902)

A richly detailed snapshot of Edwardian street life in the West Yorkshire town.

Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent


We see a glimpse of Halifax's mayor, but the streets are where the action is in this wonderful record of life on the Edwardian pavement. A constant stream of human, animal and vehicle traffic passes before the camera, and the faces are sharp and clear despite a misty January day (snow is visible on the rooftops). A fascinated crowd, mostly children, gathers in front of the Grand Junction Hotel.

Look out for the sign advertising this film's screening - at Halifax's Victoria Hall from January 27th 1902 - and the dapper, top-hatted showman from the film's sponsor, Tweedale, rushing to get out of the way.