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Tenby Races 1931
Highlights of the rural year: The Milkmaid of the Year event, the Prince of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelli, horse racing at Tenby and a ploughing match at St Clears.
Amateur film 1931 16 mins Silent
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Rural life in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire: the Milkmaid of the Year event; the Prince of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show, Llanelli; Llansteffan Show; horse races at Tenby; a ploughing match at 'Foxhole' farm, St. Clears, and a variety of activities at the Buckley's farm 'Castell Gorfod', Llangynin: mowing the lawn, potato laying, hay drying, a hound meet, ploughing, and 'earthing up' (i.e. building a bank for point-to-pointing).
This film was shot in the main by Lt Col W H Buckley of the Buckley's Brewery (Llanelli) family and Master of the Carmarthenshire Foxhounds. The hound meet, where a stirrup cup is enjoyed before the off, takes place at ‘Castell Gorfod’, where Buckley’s own invention – the potato laying machine – is seen in action. Buckley is recorded making the presentation to the Milkmaid of the Year and drinking a glass of the white stuff which he was not partial to and which had been made more palatable by the addition of a tot of whiskey. The Milkmaid is troubled by hounds jumping up at her, owing to the fact that her fox fur had not been properly cured and thus smelled interesting!
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Parc Howard', Llanelli and 'Castell Gorfod', Llangynin Parc Howard', Llanelli and 'Castell Gorfod', Llangynin
Home movie 1969 14 mins Silent Location: Llanelli
1969 at 'Castell Gorfod' farm, Llangynin, and Llanelli's 'Parc Howard': ponies, potatoes, poinsettias and toasting the Prince of Wales.
Amateur film 1930 14 mins Silent Location: Hook
Otter hunting from start to finish. Some viewers may regard this as an interesting, historical record, others as evidence of human cruelty.
Buckley Family - otter hunting, hare coursing and 'Castell Gorfod' Buckley Family - otter hunting, hare coursing and 'Castell Gorfod'
Home movie 1970 15 mins Silent Location: Castell Gorfod
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Buckley Family - point-to- point, puppy show and meets Buckley Family - point-to- point, puppy show and meets
Home movie 1932 11 mins Silent Location: Castell Gorfod
A point-to-point, puppy show, hunter trials and meets: the language and life of the hunting fraternity, in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Otter Hounds and Tivyside Hounds Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Otter Hounds and Tivyside Hounds
Home movie 1965 7 mins Silent Location: Ferryside
From otter hunting at Solva and Llanaeron (no otters seen) to shots of Hatty, the performing bulldog, owned by W Kemmis Buckley.
Amateur film 1935 11 mins Silent Location: Llangynin
Caterpillar, Clyde Higgs and W H Buckley – all makers of agricultural machines featured here in use on Buckley's farm, Castell Gorfod, Llangynin, Carmarthenshire.
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Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
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Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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