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Tram Journey through Southampton

A moving tour through lively turn-of-the-century Southampton.

Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent

Overview

This magnificent 'phantom ride' vividly animates Southampton High Street at the turn of the 20th century. The archway of the medieval stone wall through which the tram passes will be instantly familiar to locals. As the tram emerges from the archway, a long-dead world startlingly comes to life: horse-drawn carriages meander slowly along the road, unfamiliar shops line the street and people walk around in the late-Victorian fashions of the day.

Phantom rides' - films shot from a moving vehicle to give an impression of travel - were one of the most striking sensations of the early film period.