National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Mediaeval Tournament at Hawarden Park
The grounds of Hawarden Castle lend themselves to jousting, archery and a hog roast but modern-day ice-creams and hot dogs are on offer too.
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Can anyone drink a yard of ale? The people of Deeside give it a go whilst also enjoying the chance to be a medieval lady for a day, or an armoured knight, or Robin Hood with bow and arrow. The local Round Table has provided jousting and a martial arts demonstration, swing boat rides, a tug-of-war and a silver band playing on as knights are un-horsed, a hog is roasted, hot dogs and ice-cream are consumed and the beer flows. The film-maker has provided a last-minute duel!
Flintshire's Hawarden Castle (the name applied to both the medieval castle ruins and the 18th century mansion) was once lived in by British Prime Minister W E Gladstone – who added a wing to house a library - the castle having been owned by the family of his wife, Catherine Glynne. This footage was shot by Joseph Cone, of Pentre, Queensferry, Flintshire, a member of Deeside Cine Club (HQ: Rivertown Schoolroom, Shotton) and a provider of film shows locally. He was proprietor of a General Merchant's business, selling hardware, oil and electrical goods and photographic film which he developed and printed.