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Police Annual Inspection at Birchfields Park (1901)

Edwardian Manchester bobbies are put through their paces.

Non-Fiction 1901 9 mins Silent


The filmmakers position their cameras to great effect in these scenes of formation marching. The massed ranks of Manchester's police officers and their horses and bicycles rhythmically criss-cross the frame. No doubt to the embarrassment of the officers concerned, the camera catches the skittish disarray of horses and the fall of a rider and mount in front of the VIP gathering.