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'Spurs' Captain Marries
Watford hosts the lowkey wedding of Tottenham and England captain, Arthur Grimsdell.
Non-Fiction 1922 Silent
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Arthur Grimsdell, born in Watford, played centre-half for Tottenham Hotspur and England and captained both during a lengthy career. He also played cricket at first class level and was a minor sporting celebrity of the 1920s. Here, he rather sheepishly poses for the cameras despite being covered in confetti with his more animated new wife, Gwendolene Adcock, who grins from beneath a rather fetching hat.
Football on Film
George Best at 21
News 1968 7 mins Location: Belfast
Flush on wages of £160 per week, George Best ponders money in the game, the pressures of fame and his footballing future.
News 1962 8 mins Location: Cleobury Mortimer
Lionel Martin is just fifteen years old but with eight top football clubs wanting to sign him his future appears mapped out.
Plymouth Argyle v Cardiff City
Sport 1976 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Argyle's Mariner scores in front of Bobby Robson
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Shepherd's Bush
Professional footballers answer the call of duty and get in training; many would go on to fight in the Battle of the Somme.
Newsview Young World: Day in the Life of Sunderland AFC Manager George Hardwick
News 1964 5 mins Location: Sunderland
A day in the life of stylish “Gentleman George” Hardwick, the new manager of Sunderland Football Club.
News 1977 5 mins Location: Leicester
What does it take to manage a football team? Two former players talk of the tough role at the top in a world where players are demanding Ј200 a week in wages.
"Oh to Be in England"
Amateur film 1947 13 mins Silent Location: Harrow
Bluebells, wisteria and snowdrops feature in this lovely colour film showing the effect of nature on the London suburb of Harrow after the war.
Watford Street Scenes
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Watford
A wintry Watford High Street buzzes with busy shoppers.
Grand Union Canal
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
Harrow Events - C.1927 - Osborne Personal Film
Amateur film 1927 11 mins Silent Location: Harrow
Watford, Harrow and Pinner let down their hair in a 1920s smorgasbord of funfairs, fire displays and Tudor pageantry.
Here and There
Amateur film 1954 26 mins Silent Location: Hemel Hempstead
Amateur captured Hertfordshire town centres, public gardens, market days, river journeys by boat or barge, and Whipsnade Zoo with wild animals from each corner of the globe.
Amateur film 1984 17 mins Silent Location: Watford
Watford town streets and landmarks as seen through the eyes of a cine enthusiast including Watford FC's early eighties celebratory open-top bus parade for Hornet's supporters.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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