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A tour of Pinner Village during its celebratory Pinner Week highlights local landmarks, fun, fancy dress and festivities.
Amateur film 1970 21 mins
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This amateur film tours rural Pinner Village during its celebratory Pinner Week festivities. The fourteenth-century parish church of St. John the Baptist is studied carefully, as are the Tudor buildings that are a prominent feature of the village. As the festival week gets underway, a young Bob Holness is seen judging the children’s fancy dress competition and there are doughnut and spaghetti eating contests.
Around the Village Green
Travelogue 1937 12 mins Location: Finchingfield
Rural life in the Essex villages of Finchingfield and Great Bardfield - and the mixed reactions of older residents to changing times.
Contrasts in Kensington
Amateur film 1937 11 mins Silent Location: Kensington
Shocking scenes of Kensington slums and 1930s housing developments offer a sharp contrast with today's reinvented area.
Road to Yesterday
Travelogue 1944 32 mins
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The Airy Tomb
Drama 1963 13 mins Location: Pontrhydfendigaid
An isolated life can mean that home is nothing more than an “airy tomb”, as imagined by poet and rural parish priest R S Thomas.
Documentary 1977 1 mins Silent
Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.
1917 3 mins Silent
The might of the British Empire is mobilised for war during 1914 and 1915.
Present Day Pinner
Amateur film 1960 2 mins Location: Pinner
The small town of Pinner in Harrow is brought to life through a short, reflective biography of novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
A Good Show
Amateur film 1950 10 mins Silent Location: Pinner
Hijinks ensue when a couple attempt to operate their television set, illustrating the frustrations of (what would have been) new technology.
Field End Telephone Exchange Goes Automatic
Amateur film 1962 2 mins Location: Pinner
This amateur informational piece fervently laments the necessary shift from old-fashioned telephone operation to the automatic system.
Pinner - 1926 - Osborne Personal Film
Amateur film 1926 13 mins Silent Location: Pinner
Evocative film capturing the suburb of Pinner succumbing to modernity, as we watch roads being constructed and the countryside retreating.
The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
Amateur film 1956 14 mins Silent Location: Pinner
Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.
Harrow Marathon and Shrove Tuesday in Pinner
Amateur film 1984 4 mins Location: Pinner
Amateur newsreel covering the Harrow Marathon and a packed Shrove Tuesday event on Pinner High Street attended by Ronny Barker.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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