The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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The nearest modern equivalent to the chariot racing of ancient Greek and Roman times, equally enjoyable, but thankfully less dangerous.
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This is another fine example of Bradford amateur filmmaker Eric Hall capturing a local custom, in his inimitable style, this time that of sulky racing in Brough, Cumbria, in 1970. A well as showing some great racing, watched by a large crowd, and all the paraphernalia of bookies etc., as usual Eric provides a very informative commentary.
Eric Hall began making films documenting the local customs, people and places of Yorkshire in 1929, right up to 1980, and was President of Bradford Cine Circle. Sulky racing, which is thought to have begun back in the mid-1700s, still takes place every August at Brough (at the nearby Holme Farm, Appleby) which at the time was part of the historic county of Westmorland. Sulky racing, now usually called harness racing, is also associated with gipsies and travellers and the nearby annual Appleby Horse Fair. Notice the different gait of the pacer, as opposed to the trot, with a lateral gait where the legs on each side of the horse’s body moves forward and back at the same time, a la Spotty Dog from ‘The Woodentops’.
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